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Operation Shower is an amazing organization that the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has worked with for 8 years. It is an opportunity for the foundation and all of our community to thank the military families for all of their sacrifices. To date, we have donated gifts and offered support to over 480 military moms through Operation Shower events held during THE PLAYERS and WEB.COM Championship. Through donations we are able to surprise each wife of a deployed soldier or active military mom. Some of the items we provide include car seats, strollers, diaper bags, as well as a new outfit and booties for their trip home. We are proud to support our military community!
The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has worked closely with Blessings in a Backpack for over 10 years, supplying meals each Friday for many students over the school year. Over 73,000 meals a year have been provided to students in Duval and St. John’s county schools through the First Coast Blessings in a Backpack program. The foundation has adopted many schools in Duval County and has also adopted a school of over 545 children in south Florida through funding from a one-day event at Banyan Golf Club. For just $100/child you can help to support the growing needs of food-insecure children in the Jacksonville area. For $10/child you can supply a holiday meal for a family.
Created a $2.5 million dollar endowment to fund Community PedsCare program in perpetuity, serving children with complex medical conditions at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and funding advancement in their Hemotology/Oncolgy program. Additional donations have been made to this endowment bringing its total to over $3.5 million to date. Wolfson Children’s Hospital offers care for all children regardless of the ability to pay.
The Foundation’s work with Community PedsCare spreads over the past 10 years and includes work with Halloween Doors ‘n More, These Kids Can Play and Community Hospice. We have supplied the salary for two Child Life specialists who not only care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, but also provide comfort to children whose parents or grandparents are dealing with health complications or are in the Hospice program.
‘Child Safety Matters’ is the motto that started the Monique Burr Foundation. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation is proud to add this organization to our portfolio of supported charities making a difference in the lives of children. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has implemented the national bullying and child-abuse prevention program benefiting 9000 students in St. Johns County public schools. Whether it is through the Night in the Village or at the Champions for Safety ProAm, we are pleased to support the Monque Burr Foundation.
Mal Washington has been a leader in our community and a great role model for many of the kids in his program. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has been happy to support his efforts over the past 15 years by providing financial assistance, educational supplies and food/beverages for the holidays and specialty parties for this wonderful program. The Furyks have also been Holiday Angels over the years, providing gifts for the children and family members who do not have the financial resources to provide gifts for one another.
In 2016, The First Tee committed to opening two new First Tee Drive and one National School programs in the public schools and after school programs. All three are very enthusiastic about being able to introduce golf and The First Tee character-education to their students and very deserving of our offer to provide it to them without charge. Funding from the Furyk Foundation will be used to purchase The First Tee program (DRIVE or NSP) for these schools. Each purchase is a one-time expense that includes all needed equipment, training for designated program leaders (YSO) or the PE teacher (NSP), and a curriculum manual/activities guide. Our chapter (TFT-GCNKY) provides ongoing local support to program leaders/teachers at no additional charge. Jim has been recognized as an honorary board member of the First Tee of Jacksonville.
Through the nine Ryder Cup teams that Jim played on and the additional team in which Jim was a vice Captain the PGA of America has helped The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation contribute to the PGA Reach program. The PGA REACH program seeks to create a culture of inclusiveness by communicating and demonstrating that golf is an affordable and accessible game for all abilities, ages and backgrounds. Over $900,000 has been directed to these programs on behalf of Jim & Tabitha Furyk through their involvement with the PGA of America, Ryder Cup and PGA Championship over the years. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation is proud to be a part of an organization that introduces, supports, and grows the game of golf to include not only adult golf fans but extends to the youth participants of all ages.
Since 2011, the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has provided funding and products to pack over 10,000 holiday meals packed by family volunteers during this annual event and delivered to food-insecure families throughout St. Johns and Duval County. The children and families that are selected to receive these bags are recognized through the county and are part of the following programs: Blessings in a Backpack, the Malivai Washington Youth Foundation, Hugs Across America, Anthony J. Stinson Jr. Foundation, Feeding Northeast Florida and more. The holiday meal includes a canned ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken broth, stuffing, noodle-roni, rice-a-roni, quaker oatmeal, hot cocoa, candy canes, granola bars and more. For only $10/bag you can supply a holiday meal to a family.
Being selected as a Payne Stewart Award recipient is quite an honor. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation is working on a scholarship opportunity that would recognize Payne’s dedication to the game, to his family and to life. We are excited about this new program and to be able to offer a scholarship through our foundation. We know that once all the details are available to share, we will have many applicants who will make a difference in our community through their education, charity efforts and dedication to help others. Payne & Tracey Stewart have been wonderful role models to Jim & Tabitha, they look forward to working with Tracey to recognize her husband for all that he stood for as a player and as a friend. This will be the foundation’s first scholarship award.
Tabitha has been a member and supporter of the PGA Tour Wives Association since 1996. The organization has given the wives an opportunity to make a difference in the cities that the PGA Tour visits each week. The PGA Tour Wives association not only provides financial contributions in these cities but also provides new homes, gardens, food or assistance in soup kitchens, classrooms and hospitals. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation continues to work with the wives association to support groups like Blessings in a Backpack across the country or to help fund programs like These Kids Can Play or Operation Shower. The wives are dedicated volunteers and proud to be supporting the efforts of the PGA TOUR.
These Kids can Play is an event created in 2008 to provide children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions a safe environment to experience The Players Championship. Children from the Community Hospice program and Wolfson Children’s Hospital are invited to bring their families to meet the PGA Tour players and PGA Tour wives at the Stadium Village. The Jacksonville Zoo, Books-a-go-go, and Imagination Playground are among the vendors that help us prepare this magical event, and we are so proud of Everbank and The Players Championship for sponsoring and donating to this worthy cause. After spending a morning filled with activities, crafts and introductions, the families are invited to walk the golf course and enjoy the golf at The Players!
The Jacksonville Humane Society is committed to finding loving homes for animals and educating the community on how to care for them. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has partnered with the Humane Society to expand their education programs for children in our community. Through this partnership we are providing field trips to Title 1 schools and camp scholarships for our charitable partners. This offers children an experience to learn about dogs, cats and helping pets in our community. We are proud to support the Jacksonville Humane Society in all they are doing to educate our youth and find forever homes for pets!