True Blue…In spite of impending doom, residents of Beaches communities continue to work to make life better for everyone. For example, True Blue Navy Families Benefactors continues on its course to turn the 22-acre man-made lake at the Naval Station Mayport base into a recreational area for Navy families. The Lake Wonderwood Preserve project has gotten all necessary permits, including approval by the Secretary of the Navy. “All it needs to move forward is the seed capital to do it,” Tournament Players Club general manager Bill Hughes told guests at the second annual True Blue Golf Tournament at Sawgrass Country Club.
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
True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors, Inc. is an all volunteer nonprofit formed In January 2012 to enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville, Florida, Navy families.