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Freedom Boat Club plans special day for Daniel Kids

 Freedom Boat Club plans special day for Daniel Kids

JACKSONVILLE – A group of young adults from the Daniel Foundation will get their day in sun Friday, August 23rd. That is, as long as the sun cooperates.

The local franchise of the Freedom Boat Club, based at Julington Creek Marina, is planning a special day of fun and activities for eight young people from the Daniel Foundation. This will be the fourth time in the past two years Daniel and Freedom have been pairing up to award these kids. In the past there have been as many as 20 students that were awarded with a boat ride. This year Daniel wanted to make the day a little longer, more special, and treat an extraordinary group of students.

Freedom Boat Club offers free boat rides

Freedom Boat Club offers free boat rides

JACKSONVILLE  – On July 6, you’ll not only have the opportunity to “Raise a Ruckus for the River” but you’ll be able to raise a ruckus for free.

The Riverside Arts Market and St. Johns Riverkeeper are partnering to host the River Ruckus event, a family friendly festival from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., to celebrate the many positive aspects of the St. Johns River.  

In honor of the event, the Freedom Boat Club will be offering free boat rides from the dock at Riverside Arts Market, which has a floating dock and offers a great view of downtown from the water.   

No reservations are necessary. Simply stop by the FBC booth and sign up for the free boat rides, which will be offered from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Local Freedom Boat Club Owner Awarded the Prestigious “Guardian Award”

Local Freedom Boat Club Owner Awarded the Prestigious “Guardian Award”

Jacksonville, Florida – Of the sixty-five Freedom Boat Club franchises, this year’s Guardian Award has been presented to Lisa Almeida and Kevin Seelig, owners of the Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and the Freedom Boat Club of St. Augustine.

Freedom Boat Club Sponsors to help save the Light Boat Parade

Freedom Boat Club Sponsors to help save the Light Boat Parade

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This year's Jacksonville Light Parade will be held Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in partnership with private organizations and local supporters, similar to the 2011 event, the city announced Friday.

Local Julington Business Owner Raises Money for Special Olympics

Local business owner, Lisa Almeida of the Freedom Boat Club and her professional dance partner, Shay Dixon of Boleros Cultural Arts Center, danced their way into the hearts and minds of the celebrity judges and the audience at this year’s edition of Dancing with the Stars Jacksonville. Almeida raised a total of $10,650 to benefit Special Olympics and finished in 2nd place.  The event was held at Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, and benefited the Special Olympics. 

Free Boat Rides for Florida Baptist Children's Home

Free Boat Rides for Florida Baptist Children's Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Wednesday, August 15th, the Jacksonville branch of the Freedom Boat Club is pairing up with 121 Financial Credit Union and taking 40 children from the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) for a day of adventure on the river. The students will be treated to a variety of activities including exploring local waterways, searching for manatees and wildlife, recreation in a park, and  enjoying a picnic lunch on the water.

 “I am so excited to have the ability to provide the boating experience for those who otherwise might not have the chance” said Lisa Almeida, who manages the Jacksonville affiliate of the Freedom Boat Club. Almeida adds, “ It’s great to have organizations like FBCH and 121 to team up with so that together we can provide a 3-way support system for charities”.

$2 million in grants to benefit Florida homeless shelters

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced more than $2 million in grants that will benefit community homeless shelters throughout the state.