Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Great Impact

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Great Impact

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It's difficult to keep track of all the charitable work that Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver do in this community.

Their latest philanthropic achievement involves the protection of the St. Johns River.

Last August, the Weavers decided to help St. Johns Riverkeeper raise funds to legally challenge plans in Central Florida to withdraw millions of gallons a day from the river. St. Johns Riverkeeper was challenged to raise $300,000 to receive $150,000 from the Weavers.

That campaign was a success, reported Jimmy Orth, executive director of the St. Johns Riverkeeper in a news release.

Contributors ran the gamut: school groups, garden clubs, business and civic organizations and many individuals.

"We absolutely love the river and recognize how important it is to Jacksonville's economy and quality of life," Delores Barr Weaver said.

"We are happy that we have been able to play a part in the efforts to raise awareness about the river and to address the threats facing our St. Johns."

St. Johns Riverkeeper is a nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates for the St. Johns River and the communities it benefits.

HELPING THE HOMELESS

A record crowd of 750 people turned out for the Sulzbacher Center's Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event, according to a news release.

In addition to the 1-mile walk, there was a 5K run for the first time. A health fair also was provided.

Proceeds will be used for Sulzbacher programs benefitting the homeless.

In these tough financial times, it's good to see so many people helping the needy.

Thanks also go to Florida Sen. Tony Hill and University of North Florida President John Delaney for using their influence to get such a big turnout.

RIVER CLEANUP

People on Florida's First Coast don't just talk about keeping their water clean, they do something about it.

More than 2,000 volunteers gathered in Duval County late last month to clean up the St. Johns River, according to a city of Jacksonville news release. …

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