Striking a Chord Against Homelessness Benefits City Rescue Mission and the Homeless

Striking a Chord Against Homelessness Benefits City Rescue Mission and the Homeless


Ever wanted to be a part in writing the next great musical? Here’s your chance. The Jacksonville BUZZ Magazine is partnering with Jacksonville’s City Rescue Mission to announce the third round of the Musicians Against Homelessness competition in which musicians can win cash and prizes, all while raising awareness of the plight of many in our community who find themselves homeless.

Veterans-Only Job Fair Happening Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Veterans across the country will be able to log on and apply for post-service careers as part of a virtual job fair today.

Just one day before the celebration of Veteran's Day, more than 36,000 former servicemen and women have signed up to participate in the online job fair.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recent war veterans had a slightly higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country in 2010. 

"Gulf War-era II veterans," or members of the military who have served since 2001, had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent last year.  Non-veterans had a jobless rate of 9.4 percent. 

In July 2010, a quarter of Gulf War-era II veterans reported some sort of disability from their time in the armed forces.

To help these men and women find new careers, the Department of Veterans Affairs and are holding a virtual job fair from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today. 

BEAM Planning Thanksgiving Basket Project

BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) is looking for individuals and groups in the Beaches area to participate in BEAM'S 2011 Thanksgiving basket project. BEAM has distributed Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families in need in the Beaches area for years.  

In past years, the project has been adopted by community partners that enabled expansion of the program to local seniors, but this year, the Thanksgiving Basket project is completely dependent on the grassroots efforts of individuals and groups in the community.

BEAM is seeking groups of friends, neighbors, co-workers, church groups, schools, sport groups, scouts, and others, to gather suggested Thanksgiving dinner items including a package of rice or mashed potatoes, bag of stuffing, two packages of macaroni and cheese, can of cranberry sauce, four cans of vegetables like green beans and yams, jar of turkey gravy, packaged cookies and a $15 grocery store gift certificate to purchase a turkey.

Fundraisers to Save Our Sports Scheduled This Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This weekend marks a huge push in the fight to "Save Our Sports" in Duval County Schools.

Slow pitch softball, wrestling, lacrosse and boys and girls soccer are the final programs that still need to raise money to save their seasons this school year.

County Athletic Director Jon Fox said earlier this week that those programs needed $20,000 to $25,000 more to survive.

Tonight, lacrosse boosters will hold their first fundraiser.  The event, called Keep Lax in Jax, is a dinner and silent auction.  The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Fireman's Union Hall. 

Saturday, a motorcycle ride will raise money for wrestling programs in Duval County.  The event will begin at Sandalwood High School at 11:00 a.m. and bikers will ride to Terry Parker High School.

Junior varsity soccer supporters will hold a benefit soccer tournament Sunday.

Mayo Clinic Doctor to Receive NFL Award

Mayo Clinic Doctor to Receive NFL Award

JACKSONVILLE, fla.--  The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered to launch the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Bud Light during the 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Jaguars will honor Dr. Perez on October 9 at their Hispanic Heritage game when they face the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dr. Terry Hashey answers the call for medical and military service

Dr. Terry Hashey answers the call for medical and military service

Local family physician puts his life on the line to serve his country 

Dr. Terry Hashey, DO, MHSE, FAAFP, Family Physician Medical Director of First Coast Family Medicine in Jacksonville, FL, is answering the call for medical and military service as a member of the Florida National Guard. Twice deployed to the Middle East, Hashey’s mission is to help military service men and women come home to their families healthy and safe.