About three years ago Ponte Vedra Beach resident Sharon Ellis and Mayport Naval Station Cmdr. Pat Pickard put their heads together and came up with the idea to create a recreation area for military families. Ellis founded True Blue, and on Oct. 6, the volunteer non-profit hosted its second annual golf tournament at Sawgrass Country Club. Ninety-two golfers competed in a scramble format. Doug Kidd, former voice of the Jaguars, emceed the event and announced top winners Tim Pike, Ron Carroll, Lee Cresman and Jim Eccleston. A luncheon with silent and live auctions followed the tourney. Hughes conducted the live auction of “priceless” items, such as a chance for two people to walk inside the ropes with pro golfer Billy Hurley III on Monday of the 2015 The Players Championship plus a year’s membership at TPC.
Naval Station Mayport ombudsman Liv Gardell spoke at the lunch and said the Wonderwood project is creating a legacy: “Our sailors have sacrificed so much and organizations like True Blue make it clear that that sacrifice is not forgotten.” Saturday, Oct. 25 will be Make a Difference Day at Lake Wonderwood, a community volunteer effort and family fun day. Go to www.jaxtruebluenfb.org for details