Junior Achievement selected by Delores Barr Weaver as 1 of 20 local nonprofits to receive funding “in perpetuity” from newly established fund

Delores Barr Weaver (front row, center) with representatives from the selected organizations including JA  of North Florida President, Steve St. Amand (back row, center).

Delores Barr Weaver (front row, center) with representatives from the selected organizations including JA of North Florida President, Steve St. Amand (back row, center).

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Delores Barr Weaver (former owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars alongside husband, Wanye Weaver) has established a $4 million endowed fund to help Northeast Florida nonprofits with their annual fundraising events.

Beginning in 2015, the endowment will provide an annual grant of $10,000 to 20 local organizations to support their fundraising events “in perpetuity.”

Junior Achievement of North Florida has been selected as one of 20 organizations to receive the funding. 

JA of North Florida’s annual $mart Women Make Change event, which benefits its JA Girl$ initiative, will be supported by the grant from the Endowed $10,000 Event Grant Fund est. 2015 by Delores Barr Weaver.

About the Endowed $10,000 Event Grant Fund est. 2015 by Delores Barr Weaver
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund in 2015 to provide a $10,000 grant annually to support a premiere fundraising event in perpetuity at 20 local nonprofit organizations. This grant will provide a permanent source of income for organizations that Ms. Weaver has generously supported for many years. It is her hope that other individuals will make similar permanent gifts to organizations that have been important to them. This Fund is one of a collection of Funds established by Delores Barr Weaver at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation’s history.

About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (www.jaxcf.org) is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community – helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofits serve the region effectively, and helping people come together to make the community a better place. The Foundation has more than $300 million in assets and has made grants in excess of $278 million since 1964.

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2013 THE PLAYERS Championship generates $7.1 million for Northeast FL charities

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Giving Back Month: THE PLAYERS 2013 Charity Announcement at TPC Sawgrass Presentation Lawn with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and the tournament volunteer leadership on November 14, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 14: Giving Back Month: THE PLAYERS 2013 Charity Announcement at TPC Sawgrass Presentation Lawn with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and the tournament volunteer leadership on November 14, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR)

At a celebration honoring the volunteer leadership of THE PLAYERS Championship and the tournament’s Giving Back Month, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that $7.1 million was generated for local charities from the 2013 event, eclipsing last year’s record-breaking total of $6.5 million.

The money generated by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida, totaling nearly $60 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.

The substantial increases over the past few years is attributed to a growing, dedicated fan base, support from PwC – the event’s Proud Partner, the tireless and selfless efforts of the tournament’s volunteer force and the entire Northeast Florida community.

Guests at the Volunteer Leadership Appreciation Party cheered as a 35-foot banner bearing the $7.1 million news was unfurled from the TPC Sawgrass upper balcony when Finchem made the announcement.

Thanks, THE PLAYERS, for your continued support!

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The 2012 PLAYERS was more than a sporting event–it was a focal point for the community, leaving a lasting impact on charities across Northeast Florida raising a record $6.5 million.

Junior Achievement of North Florida would like to thank THE PLAYERS for their continued support.