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Register now to attend JAXUSA Quarterly Partnership Luncheon Dec. 13

December 7th, 2016 · Leave a Comment


The JAXUSA Quarterly Partnership Luncheon on Dec. 13 will feature a special panel discussion: What’s Next in the Changing Global Economy and How Jacksonville Can Continue to Thrive. [Read more →]

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Register now for WGCN National Leadership Forum March 2017 at Atlantic Beach, Florida!

December 6th, 2016 · 1 Comment


Registration is now open to attend the National Leadership Forum of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network March 12-14, 2017 at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach. The gathering is branded “Women Together Marking Waves.” Hear from nationally-renowned speakers and learn best practices that will impact our community. The plenary speaker line-up already includes:

  • Jackie Bezos, Co-founder, The Bezos Family Foundation
  • Sheri Bronstein, Global Human Resources Executive, Bank of America
  • Colleen Willoughby, Founder, Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network
  • Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • Nina Waters, President, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • Teresa Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Trisha Meili, Author and Member, Women’s Giving Alliance, Jacksonville, Florida

Visit here for more information about the scheduled speakers, agenda and registration information.


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Start the New Year in a New Home at Amelia National Golf & Country Club

December 5th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

ICI Egret II Kitchen

Out with the old and in with the new. A new year is a time of new beginnings. There are many advantages to starting the New Year in a new home at Amelia National Golf & Country Club.

The esteemed club community offers exceptional resort-style living, a convenient location close to everything and elegant homes by ICI Homes including a wonderful selection of move-in ready homes. Through the end of the year, buyers who purchase any inventory home in Amelia National Golf & Country Club and close in 2016 will receive $20,000 in flex cash to use toward closing costs and deluxe upgrades. This is a limited time offer.

“The holiday season can be busy, but what better way to celebrate the start of a new year than moving into a new home,” said ICI Homes Chief Operating Officer Tom McCall. “With its active lifestyle and easy access to the surrounding area, Amelia National is a wonderful community to call home. By selecting a move-in ready home, you have the opportunity to be in a new home in time for a brand new year.”

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LG Electronics USA and MDM Commercial Enterprises Partner with RMHC of Jacksonville

December 4th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

2016 Ronald McDonald House Charities Awards of Excellence

MDM Commercial Enterprises and LG Electronics USA were honored at the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities 2016 Awards of Excellence in Chicago. From left, MDM Commercial Enterprises CEO Steve Austin, Laurie Austin, Carol Kosla, RMHC of Jacksonville Development Director Carol Harrison, LG Electronics USA Vice President of Hospitality Sales Michael Kosla and RMHC of Jacksonville Executive Director Diane Boyle.

MDM Commercial Enterprises, Inc., and LG Electronics USA are making a difference for families supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Jacksonville, an organization that serves as a “home away from home” for families while their children receive needed medical care.

LG and MDM Commercial provided and installed 52 super-slim direct-backlit LED TVs, valued at $45,000, to RMHC of Jacksonville. The commercial-grade 42-inch class LG TVs have been placed in guest suites at the newly renovated and expanded Ronald McDonald House. MDM Commercial also donated and installed a DirecTV Headend and Z-Band Distribution System, valued at $50,000.

“We at MDM Commercial are grateful for the opportunity to partner with LG Electronics USA in support of RMHC of Jacksonville,” said MDM Commercial Enterprises CEO and Owner Steve Austin. “Our organization values the RMHC mission of providing the comforts of home to families while they are caring for their children receiving life-saving medical treatments. We hope these outstanding products will bring them comfort in their time of need.”

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Anniversaries Mark Time

December 3rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Anniversaries mark time.
Antiques embody history.

And these two, anniversaries and antiques, are inextricably linked as things to be celebrated. [Read more →]

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Registration Open for Dec. 9 Sales and Marketing Council Holiday Breakfast

December 2nd, 2016 · Leave a Comment


The Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council invites all to celebrate the season at the annual Holiday Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 a.m., at the University of North Florida. [Read more →]

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A Jewelry Box Full of Stories

December 1st, 2016 · Leave a Comment



Vintage jewelry is more than stuff. It can be a little piece of someone, a relic of a precious time or a thesis of your personal narrative. It can start conversations, define your style and help people get your ju-ju before they even know you. Stuff is soulless jank you find at Claire’s or big gettin’ stores. Vintage jewelry, to the contrary, is an extension of inner brilliance – it’s your story.

Many baubles have found their way to my jewelry box over the years. A few pieces are fine, but most are not. All, however, are valuable to me because I have loved or admired the women – and some men! – who wore them long before I took possession of them. Heirloom jewelry almost always has a story, whether you have a personal connection to the original wearers of them or not.

My jewelry box is full of stories, and here are a few of them:

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Art & Antiques Show Speaker Sneak Preview: Mark Addison

November 30th, 2016 · Leave a Comment


Mark Addison is no stranger to The Women’s Board. 40th Anniversary Art & Antiques Show Co-Chair Dearing Thoburn has known him since their college days at Florida State University, and they remain close friends many years later. A fabulous article detailing Mark’s latest adventures will be in this year’s magazine, but we wanted to share a preview of what is to come. [Read more →]

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Goldie Hawn’s Heart for Children

November 29th, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Whether you know Goldie Hawn as a quirky actress or a children’s advocate, one thing is recognizable—her bubbly personality.

“I am compelled to continuously see the bright side. It is in my DNA. My kids look at me and say: ’Mom, you’re so happy!’ And I do feel happy. I feel joyful inside. I can’t explain it,” admitted Hawn.

Goldie Hawn was featured on the cover of People Magazine in 1976, the same year The Women’s Board held its first fundraiser [Read more →]

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Attend Second Annual Toast of the Coast Dec. 1

November 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment


First Coast Magazine and Absolut Elyx are hosting the Second Annual Toast of the Coast, a craft cocktail competition at the Jessie Ball duPont Center at 40 East Adams Street on Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. [Read more →]

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