Wednesday, October 4, 2017

'I’m A Star' youths collects $35,000 in summer fundraiser

Teens in the I’m A Star Foundation presented a check for $35,000 to Duval County Public Schools today, benefitting the 2700 homeless students in their school system.  This marks a milestone for the Teens as the non-profit organization approach the $100,000 mark with a total of $96,500 raised in their Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless Students Empowered through Leadership, Partnership & Service) effort since 2013.  All funds have been donated to the Duval County Public Schools’ Homeless Education Department.  A portion of that amount was awarded through 14 scholarships to homeless students entering college.

The teens spoke before the recent school board meeting, thanking the community before delivering the funds.  “The community stepped up in a big way,” remarked 16-year-old Jacksonville HELPS Co-Chair Joshua Brown.

The teen servant leaders kicked off the 2017 fundraiser in July, collecting funds through a Celebrity Basketball game, GoFundMe campaign and private donations. I’m A Star Foundation donated all money to the district as unrestricted funds, which will provide resources for students in the DCPS “Families in Transition” program.  The $35,000 will cover needs such as eye glasses, books, toiletry items, bus passes, doctor's fees, hotel vouchers, rental deposits, college application fees and more.

This year’s Celebrity Basketball game caught the attention of USA Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, who sent a video congratulating 'I'm A Star' teens. View segments of the game and Simone’s well wishes HERE.

‘Southern Women’s Show’ 2017 is coming to JAX

The Southern Women’s Show turns 30 this year and will be in Jacksonville, Florida from Thursday October 19 to Sunday October 22, 2017.  You can enjoy over 400 vendor booths throughout the Prime Osborn Center.  There will be clothing, accessories, home decor, wine, gifts, make-up, gourmet products, crafts, live music, fashion shows, loads of freebies and “delicious foods”.

If you’ve previously attended the Southern Women’s Show, or this is your first time, you will be excited to know that special days have been designated again this year.  “Girls Night Out” will be Friday October 20th. and admission is only $5 after 5 p.m.  “Mother/Daughter Day” will be held all day on Saturday Oct. 21st.  “Teachers Day” will be on Sun. Oct. 22nd.  Teachers who visit the Show Office (Room 104) on Sunday will receive a FREE ticket to the show!  *Must show your school ID to collect your complimentary ticket.

Laurie Hernandez, a Silver and Gold medal winner in Rio, will be

appearing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 on the Fashion Stage.  You also won’t want to miss the “Cooking Segment Shows” that run each of the four days.  There are also a few fine Department Stores that have created a mini venue for your shopping convenience.  You can purchase a reusable Women's Show tote to hold all your newfound goodies from the show! Pricing is 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Dreams Come True, a locally based nonprofit dedicated to granting dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses.

If you’ve missed it before – don’t miss it again.  Get your friends, family and coworker’s together as you make a day-of-it at the 2017 Southern Women’s Show in Jacksonville, Florida.

Southern Women’s Show

Dates:         Times:
Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 20     10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 21     10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 22     11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Prime Osborn Center
     1000 Water St.
     Jacksonville, Florida 32204

TICKETS: Advanced Adults $10
     Admission at the door: $12
     $2 off Coupon
     Youth 6 – 12 yrs. $6
              Group $8 each of 10 or more (Advance Only!)
     Children under 6 FREE with paying adult
Advance Discount Tickets Available at Walgreens
     ($2 off discount coupon)
     Parking $5 per car.