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SAVE THE DATE for the 4th Annual Serving Up a Cure Tennis Tournament
Deerwood's Fourth Annual "Serving Up a Cure" Tennis Tournament will be held February 28 - March 2, 2014, and has become one of Northeast Florida's premier charity tennnis events. It includes the "Taste of Jax" player dinner on Friday night and the legendary "Party to Ace Cancer" on Saturday evening featuring live music by Big Al & the Kaholics. The tournament includes mens, ladies and mixed doubles. All proceeds go directly to two close-to-home charities: The Ellie Kavalieros DIPG Research Fund and the Gabriel House of Care.
Registration begins January 1 - Join us in making the 2014 tournament an even bigger success!
Will You Be a Gabriel House Angel This Holiday Season?
Angels abound at Gabriel House of Care. From the angels who donated to make this house possible, to those who give of their time, talent and treasure to serve our guests and caregivers. Our angels care for others. Thanks to the generous support of many angels from near and far, we are able to provide a warm, comfortable and welcoming homes for families facing serious and life-changing illnesses.
We invite you to be a Gabriel House Angel this holiday season through our Annual Angel Tree program. Your gift can be in honor of or in memory of someone special and your angel will be displayed on an "Angel Tree" in our lobby for everyone to enjoy. For more information, contact Karen Hensel, development director, at (904) 821-8995, ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to donate today!
Gabriel House Receives Grant from Genentech
Gabriel House of Care has received a $3,000 grant from Genentech. The grant will support the affordable lodging program and services Gabriel House offers to organ transplant and cancer patients who travel to Jacksonville for medical treatment.
"Genentech is a wonderful partner and we're appreciative of their support in helping us continue to provide these critical lodging services to those facing the financial and emotional stresses of serious illness," said Karen Hensel, development director.
Golfers Took to the Greens at Deerwood for Annual Golf Tournament
Thank you to all of the golfers who participated in our Annual Golf Tournament on October 7, at Deerwood Country Club, and braved the rain to finish the day. This year's event raised over $50,000 for the program and services offered at Gabriel House of Care.
More than 100 raffle items and 30 silent auction packages ranging from gift cards to weekend getaways were won. Congratulations to our tournament winners - First place: Florida Blue - Andy Carroll, Carlton Hobgood, Greg Sutton and Michael Warner; Second place: Team O'Donoghue - Fred Cole, Doug Hrachovina, Steve O'Donoghue and David Warner and Third place: Florida Combined Life - Tyler Shearer, Mike Simpson, Don Wilhoite and Matt Wilhoite.
Thank you to all of our sponsors who generously supported our tournament. Special thanks to our presenting sponsors BACARDI and Mayo Clinic Florida, for their continued support as well as Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q for donating lunch, our hole-in-one sponsor Key GMC Buick and Deerwood Country Club for hosting us. Click here for a full list of our sponsors and in-kind donors.
We also want to recognize and thank our planning committee, volunteers and the businesses and individuals who generously donated goods and services for our silent auction and raffle. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year so please mark your calendars for Monday, October 6, 2014.
Purchase Web.com Tour Championship Tickets and Support Gabriel House
The 2013 Web.com Tour Championship will make its debut at the home of PGA TOUR, TPC Sawgrass, September 23-29. The Championship will be held on the Dye's Valley Course. The field will consist of 75 players from the PGA TOUR and 75 players from the Web.com Tour, who will all be vying for their final chance to be a PGA TOUR professional for the 2013-2014 season.
Through the Tee It Up for Charity Program, Gabriel House of Care can earn $10 from each ticket sold. For more information, log on to http://www.teeitupforcharitytickets.com/. Thank you!
Happy Hour at BRIX Taproom to Benefit Gabriel House
Join us for Happy Hour at BRIX Taproom on Thursday, September 19, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Proceeds will benefit Gabriel House of Care. Admission is a $25 donation and the event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes and food catered by TacoLu. The event is sponsored by Gabriel House's Young Professional Advisory Council. Click here for more information.
Gabriel House's Annual Golf Tournament - October 7th
We will be holding our Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, October 7th at Deerwood Country Club. The event features a net captain's choice shot-gun start, lunch, the infamous BACARDI tent, on-course contests, raffle and silent auction items and much more.
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karen Hensel, Development Director, at email@example.com or Robin Kraich, Special Events/Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Fish Yoga Gives Back to Gabriel House
Do you practice yoga or interested in getting started? Then check out Big Fish Yoga's Practice with Purpose class at 4 pm on Sundays and support Gabriel House at the same time. From now until August, you can join the class for a $5 donation and all the proceeds will benefit Gabriel House.
The Practice with Purpose class is part of Big Fish Yoga's community giving program where proceeds from this class are donated to a local or global charity each quarter. Their staff also offers a yoga class at the house every Wednesday at 7 pm for our guests and caregivers. Click here to learn more about Big Fish Yoga and we'll see you there on Sundays at 4 pm this summer!
Gabriel House of Care's Second Anniversary Celebrated at CLUB BG
Thank you to everyone who attended our CLUB BG event on April 13, at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club. It was a fun-filled evening with great entertainment and dancing. A special thank you to our Honorary Chairs, Jorge and Leslie Bacardi, our Emcee Yvonne Velazquez, morning show host for WEJZ Lite 96.1 FM, as well as our Title Sponsor - BACARDI and Presenting Sponsor - Mayo Clinic. Thank you to all of our sponsors and in-kind donors who supported our event. Click here for a full list of sponsors and in-kind donors.
Congratulations to Donna Goedecke, who is the recipient of the 2013 Christopher Mark Gregory Angel of Hope Award. Donna was honored for her work with organ transplant patients and their families as well as her leadership with the Gabriel House of Care's Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament.
The evening featured live entertainment from Jacksonville's own Jessica Menke, an accomplished vocalist with an extensive classical and jazz repertoire, and Gary Hunter, a ventriloquist and cruise director on Crystal Cruises' Serenity. Guests also bid on over 40 silent auction items and a live auction was held for a stunning natural pearl diamond necklace and earrings, donated by Hubert Inc.
Click here to view photos from CLUB BG.
Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Appreciate Week
Staff and board members held a special volunteer appreciation luncheon on April 25, to honor and thank the many volunteers who give endless hours of their time to Gabriel House of Care. We are fortunate to have 193 volunteers who have given over 17,000 service hours since we opened the house in April 2011.
“We are incredibly blessed to have the caliber of volunteers to help us run this house,” said Valerie Callahan, executive director, Gabriel House of Care. “We could not provide the services and support to our guests without our volunteers. They work hard to help out in so many different areas of the house including the kitchen, laundry, front desk, guest rooms, special events and wherever they are needed.”