Community Spirit

Monique Burr Foundation Raises More Than $110,000 at 23rd Annual El Pescado Billfish Tournament

Monique Burr Foundation Raises More Than $110,000 at 23rd Annual El Pescado Billfish Tournament


More than $110,000 was raised during Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.’s 23rd annual El Pescado Billfish Tournament, presented by Your Jacksonville Area Lexus Dealers, Oct. 13-15 at Camachee Cove in St. Augustine, Fla. More than 450 people attended the event and 94 billfish were caught and released, with nearly $130,000 awarded in cash prizes. In conjunction with the tournament, the Fish-N-Chips Marina Casino event was held on Saturday evening and featured casino-style games as well as unique shopping opportunities at the “Ladies’ Tackle Box.” Proceeds from the event contribute to the foundation’s continuing mission to give hope in the life of a child and educate Florida’s teachers, students and parents on safety from all forms of child abuse, bullying and digital abuse.

Nissan of St. Augustine Charity Golf Tournament Benefits the St. Johns County Education Foundation


Nissan of St. Augustine is teaming up with the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) for a charity golf tournament of October 26, 2011. The tournament will take place in the World Golf Village at The King and the Bear. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 A.M. and tee off is at 1 P.M. It is not too late to register, so sign up now!

“Nissan of St. Augustine is so excited to partner with the St. Johns County Education Foundation,” remarked Todd Birilis about the golf tournament, “We really hope everyone gets involved comes out on October 26 to play for a great cause!”

Individual players and foursomes are encouraged to register. There are also sponsorship opportunities on a number of levels. All proceeds of the tournament will benefit the SJCEF, who will use the funds to support schools, teachers and students in St. Johns County. If you would like to register please contact Joe Zimmerman or Todd Birilis at 904.794.9990. 

High school students invited to create bear-awareness video for FWC contest


High school students interested in conserving the Florida black bear and raising public awareness about bears are invited to create a 1-minute video.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is extending the deadline in its 2011 Florida black bear public service announcement (PSA) contest. Launched in May, the FWC-sponsored contest now has a deadline of Nov. 18.

Call for ROWITA Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations


The St. Johns Cultural Council is seeking nominations for the fourth annual ROWITA Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts.)

The Cultural Council is asking members of the community to submit nominations of women who have made significant contributions to the arts (and to the community) in St. Johns County.  

Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore Raised $1.1 Million

Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore Raised $1.1 Million


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter’s largest annual fundraiser, Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore 25th Anniversary Ride that took place Oct. 1-2, 2011 was the largest fundraiser yet for the chapter, raising more than $1 million for research, programs and services for the 18,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in the North Florida area. 

Bike MS is the National MS Society’s signature event and the single largest non-profit organized bike ride in the United States, including participants and funds raised.

This year, the North Florida Chapter raised more than $1.1 million for research, programs and services. In the past 25 years, Bike MS has raised more than $13 million in North Florida toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

The ride began Saturday, October 1 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (formerly the St. Augustine Airport) at 7:15 a.m. More than two thousand cyclists rode more than 150 miles from to the Hilton Daytona Beach and back. The route from St. Augustine to Daytona and back included fully-stocked rest stops, safety support, full meals, entertainment and a 25th Anniversary Ride After-party. More than a hundred volunteers helped set up and break down the ride in addition to helping at rest stops.

Cut-a-thon and Zombie Run Raise Awareness for St. Augustine Man Awaiting Kidney Transplant



Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. 99.9 Gator Country will host the Kids Fitness Zombie Chase at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Area, 300 A Phillip Randolph Blvd. If registering before Oct. 14, the fee is $15. Children can also register the day of the race for $20. Registration to participate as a zombie is $10. For more information about this event, please contact Eden Kendall at or 904-562-1722.

Sunday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salon Calypso, 12276 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville, will donate its proceeds to NFT in honor of Velazquez. For $25, patrons can get a shampoo and desginer cut. The Yogurt Co. located next door also will donate 25% of its proceeds to NFT in honor of Velazquez during that time. For more information about this event, please contact or 609-339-0889.