The 2017 Hope for the Holidays was a great success and brought a shower of support from our community. On December 7th at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which we secured less than 48 hours before the event due to heavy rains, we hosted nearly 500 volunteers both small and tall to pack 3500 holiday bags for kids in need. Each of these bags contained over 15 items including a holiday meal, breakfast and holiday treats for the entire family! In less than 2 hours, we managed to get all the bags packed and loaded in the rain to be delivered to 24 Duval and St. Johns County schools and 8 additional charitable organizations serving children.
Each year the foundation funds this event with contributions that are raised during Furyk & Friends. In the past, we did not ask for donations only requested volunteers to come participate in the joy of helping others. This year we gave the community an opportunity to help us to continue to grow our numbers and to continue to serve more families over the holidays and you did not let us down!! We were able to raise $15,019! With a goal of $10/bag/child and an expense of over $35,000 for this event, every donation helps us increase amount of children we are helping in our community. I hope you are as proud as I am to have made such an impact on so many and to be part of a community who knows how to rally when called to action.
The holiday bags were distributed to children participating in the following programs: 24 St. John & Duval County schools with children in the Blessings in a Backpack program, Hugs Across the County supporting 5 schools, 170 children enrolled in the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, 9 families in the Hubbard House program, 75 families with children in the Anthony J. Stinson Jr. Association for Change, and 50 Community PedsCare families serving children with life limiting and life threatening conditions. Holiday snacks, including hot cocoa and candy canes were distributed to the Carver Center and to over 500 children at Benoist Farms in West Palm also on the free and reduced breakfast/lunch program.
Thank you to all of our Furyk & Friends supporters and our dedicated Hope for the Holidays partners:
Food: PepsiCo, Quaker, Feeding NE Florida, Publix, Target, Trader Joe’s, ConAgra, Memphis Jax, NGCRA and Cheney Brothers
Operations: RingPower, CSC, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, PGA TOUR, Amason’s, Republic Services & PVHS Boys Lax
Set-up crew: CAA Sports, TopGolf, Hilton Garden Inn, Jax Refrigeration, Power Tee & Monique Burr Foundation for Children.