Helping Hand: iVenture Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

September 23, 2022

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From the inception of Davidson Cares Clay Day, countless people have come together with the common desire to give back to the Northeast Florida community. Many of those who support the event are friends of the Davidson Companies. iVenture is just one of those business relationships that have continuously joined the efforts to support Davidson Cares. 

 

iVenture has been a long-time sponsor for Clay Day. This year, Davidson Cares is proud to have iVenture sponsor at the highest level as a title sponsor. 

 

“iVenture is happy to have an opportunity to give back to the Davidson family in an extraordinarily meaningful way. Supporting Clay Day brings a tremendous sense of pride to our organization,” shares Gray Mabry, Chief Executive Office of iVenture. “Our teams look forward to the comradery and contribution to something greater. iVenture is very much a behind-the-desk business, so having the chance to spend time with our team and friends participating in a fun activity for a great cause is incredibly exciting.”

 

“For more than fifteen years, iVenture has been providing IT support for the Davidson Companies. They are an amazing organization and we are comforted knowing they always respond quickly and professionally. They patiently took the time to learn about our business and adapted over the years as our business needs have changed,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty. “The relationship between the Davidson Companies and iVenture is built on mutual respect. We are proud to have their support.”

 

Since 2006, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $330,000 to support local charities in need thanks to generous sponsors like iVenture. To learn more about iVenture, visit their website at www.iventuresolutions.com

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 7th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day will be held on October 20, 2022, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day includes two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels participate.  

 

In association with the event, there is a raffle contest. Prizes include a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors and a 12-Gauge Beretta A400 XCEL Sporting shotgun. 

 

Money raised from the event and raffles will go directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), Investing in Kids (INK!), Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope is Restored.

 

Please help us support these organizations that are so important to our community by visiting DavidsonCares.com.

Enriching the First Coast: Davidson Cares Clay Day Supports Five Local Organizations

September 21, 2022

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As the 7th annual Davidson Cares Clay Day draws near, anticipation is growing to raise money to support five Northeast Florida organizations that enrich the lives of children and families. “The Davidson Cares team and many supporters look forward to Clay Day all year! Even after seven years, the enthusiastic support from our participants for the youth-based organizations the event will benefit remains inspiring. We look forward to another successful event,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. The funds raised at Clay Day will be distributed to five local organizations in Northeast Florida: St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids!, Builders Care, Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope Restored. 

 

St. Augustine Youth Services

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit organization that has been serving children in its residential programs for boys since 1989. Over the past thirty years, SAYS has provided treatment to thousands of children who have suffered abuse or neglect in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Putnam counties. “Our relationship with SAYS started when my daughter visited the campus and met a six-year-old boy who told her how safe he felt at the group home. It broke our hearts. We then learned that this boy would age out of the program at eighteen and, although they may still be in high school, are not prepared to live independently,” shares Davidson. “The funds raised by Davidson Cares will help build a permanent large pavilion where these young boys can gather for birthdays, cookouts, graduations, and other celebrations.” 

 

 

Investing in Kids! 

Investing in Kids! (INK!) helps fund efforts to directly benefit both educators and students in the St. Johns County School District. Established in 1994, INK! is devoted to fostering success for students and teachers through funding, initiatives, and inspiration. “Davidson Cares has always supported local schools, but after seeing the impact of the Five Learning Years (FLY) and Take Stock in Children programs, I joined the INK! Board of Directors,” shares Davidson.  Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that gives low-income, at-risk students the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty by offering students college scholarships and mentoring. This year, Davidson Cares has donated three scholarships for youth in the Take Stock in Children program.  “The graduation rate for students in the Take Stock in Children program is nearly 100% and many are thriving in college. So many lives have been changed by these two programs,” continues Davidson.  

 

 

Builders Care

Builders Care is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality, affordable to no-cost construction services to those in need of critical home repairs. “When I was asked to join the Builders Care Board of Directors, which is the charitable arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, I was inspired by what this organization has accomplished for Jacksonville’s most needy families,” shares Davidson.  Since 2001, Builders Care has served more than six hundred families to total more than $6.5 million worth of construction work for those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. For many, Builders Care is the last hope to maintain quality of life in their home. “Builders donate material, time, and money to ensure people can remain in their homes with dignity. Davidson Cares is proud to support this incredible organization,” continues Davidson. 

 

 

Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center

Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center is a “port in the storm of life” for youth in St. Johns County who have fallen through the cracks. Port in the Storm is a safe place for youth to seek refuge as homeless or unaccompanied youth in crisis. Through the Positive Youth Development programming, caring adults provide stability, hope, and a path to a successful future. Port in the Storm currently provides 16 beds for youth needing a place to stay as well as drop-in resources on topics including life skills, job skills, and housing assistance. “Davidson Cares is excited to be contributing to the renovation of the shower area at the Port in the Storm facility which can be used by those staying overnight or hanging out during the day,” shares Davidson. 

 

 

Hope is Restored

Hope is Restored is committed to raising awareness, educating, rescuing, and restoring victims of modern-day slavery: human trafficking. Hope is Restored was established to deliver a message, and bring hope and restoration to those seeking freedom. “The reality of human trafficking in Northeast Florida is rattling, especially how easily young adults are being coerced. Davidson Cares will be supporting education in our schools and to other local organizations to spread awareness and help prevent this awful situation from happening,” shares Davidson. 

 

It is evident that these five organizations make an incredible impact on the First Coast community. Davidson Cares is proud to support their efforts and encourage the entire Northeast Florida community to join in their efforts by buying a raffle ticket or making a donation online, every dollar makes a difference. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day Is Fast Approaching: Raffle Tickets Now on Sale

August 16, 2022

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It’s that time of year again! Davidson Cares is getting ready to host their 7th Annual Clay Day on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day is devoted to raising money for several local charities that make a huge impact in the Northeast Florida community: St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids!, Builders Care, Port in the Storm Homeless Youth Center, and Hope is Restored. 

 

“Davidson Cares Clay Day is an event our team and many in the community look forward to all year. It’s incredible to see the First Coast community come together to raise money for worthy causes that directly assist our Northeast Florida neighbors,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

In addition to the safe and fun shooting experience at Clay Day, Davidson Cares is selling raffle tickets for two prizes that you won’t want to miss which include a Yeti Cooler with bottles to stock your bar and a shotgun! “The raffle is another fun element to Clay Day. We are thankful to Leigh Insurance Agency and Mark Sherman with Atlantic Trust Mortgage for being our 2022 Davidson Cares Clay Day Raffle Sponsors,” shares Davidson. Each raffle ticket is $50 and each raffle item has a limit of one hundred tickets for sale. Winners will be selected at the 2022 Clay Day, however, the winner does not have to be in attendance to claim their prize. 

 

The Cooler and Cocktail raffle is a Clay Day favorite year after year. This year, a Yeti Tundra Haul Wheeled Cooler will be stocked with thirteen bottles to stock your bar for entertaining family and friends. The winner of the shotgun will receive a Beretta A400 Xcel. This 20-gauge shotgun is the fastest, lowest-recoil clay buster on the market. 

 

Raffle tickets can be purchased online or at the Davidson Realty office located at 100 East Town Place, Suite 100, St. Augustine, Florida 32092. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day 2022 is sure to be memorable. Davidson Cares welcomes the First Coast community to join them in their efforts by attending Clay Day, buying a raffle ticket, or making a donation online to support worthy Northeast Florida organizations. For more information, call (904) 940-5000.

HELPING THE COMMUNITY IS JUST PART OF THE DAVIDSON CULTURE

December 17, 2021

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At Davidson Realty, our team of professional and knowledgeable real estate agents is built to serve. Not only are we here for you and your real estate needs, but we’re also here for our community. Since being established locally in 1989, we have done our best to create a culture focused on serving all of Jacksonville and St. Augustine, which is reflected by our team.

 

In fact, as Christmas approaches, many of our team members are actively working with various food and toy drives in order to ensure that everyone in the community can have a happy holiday season. For Jennifer Todd, one of our veteran realtors, spreading Christmas cheer has been a passion for years. This year she collaborated with others in her neighborhood to provide a variety of groceries, toys, and gift cards to three different organizations: Toys for Tots, SAYS, and the Beam Food Bank. Now, after successfully donating almost three carloads worth of supplies, Jennifer is already looking forward to assisting with next year’s holiday drives.

 

Like Jennifer, Candy Gil has supported Toys for Tots throughout her 9 years as a Davidson realtor. Candy has also channeled her passion for helping children into a charity called Foster Closet. Sadly, some children in unhealthy environments may be taken from their families with nothing but the clothes on their back, but fortunately, Foster Closet steps in to help those children receive what they’re missing. By supporting this charity, Candy and other patrons help about 40-50 First Coast families and children every month.

 

Another Davidson veteran, Mirtha Barzaga, shares this same passion for helping the less fortunate. In addition to helping with food and toy drives, Mirtha has worked closely with Homeless Coalition, a charity for providing clothes, food, and other supplies for the homeless. For Mirtha, this passion for giving back resonates with her on a personal level. After traveling to America from Cuba as a young girl, Mirtha arrived with very few possessions, forcing her to search for clothes, toys, and even food. Now, Mirtha manages to pay it forward and help people, like her and her family, get back on their feet.

 

Similarly, one of our other realtors, Liz Pappaceno enjoys spending her time giving back to organizations that have helped her over the years. For instance, not only does she volunteer as a reader for the Early Learning Coalition in St. Johns County, but she also regularly donates to the First Coast YMCA. Since Liz has used the YMCA facilities for years, providing donations allows her to give back to a place that she feels has given so much to her, which in turn helps the many families and children supported by the YMCA.

 

This feeling of giving back to the community is a sentiment shared by all of our team members, especially Caitlyn Hawkins. Whether it’s paddleboarding or fishing, Caitlyn enjoys everything about the endless activities across the Florida waterways, and that’s why she wants to help preserve them. Through participating in clean-up events held by NEFAR and even starting her own Instagram account, @saltwatersifter, Caitlyn has worked diligently to help our local marine life and make sure our Sunshine State keeps on shining. In addition to her environmental efforts, Caitlyn and her family, like many of our Davidson team members, love to donate food, clothes, toys, and other supplies to less fortunate homes, truly exemplifying the giving culture we try to cultivate at Davidson.

 

Our agents Mirtha Barzaga, Reba Barkley, Candy Gil, Liz Pappaceno, Ron Savarese, and Jennifer Todd organized and supported a variety of food and toy drives making this holiday season a bit brighter for hundreds of children and families in our community.

 

“As you can see, we are extremely proud of our team and their different philanthropic endeavors,” said Sherry Davidson, Owner and Broker of Davidson Realty, “Ultimately, we at Davidson Realty are forever grateful for the many years of support from the community, and as a team, we hope to show our appreciation by continuing to give back and help our community grow into an even better place to live.”

Inspired to Give: MasterCraft Builder Group Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

November 18, 2021

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The Davidson Cares Clay Day has been a successful event from every standpoint. MasterCraft Builder Group is to thank for the inspiration behind Clay Day as it’s modeled after MasterCraft Builder Groups’ very own charity shoot called Clays for a Cause. 

 

“When I asked Chris Shee, Founder and CEO of MasterCraft Builder Group, about his charity shoot, he generously shared all the details we needed to begin our shoot,” shared Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. “Since our first Davidson Cares Clay Day in 2016, MasterCraft has supported us and been sponsors every year.”

 

With deep roots in Northeast Florida, MasterCraft is an organization passionate about serving the community and continuously puts its neighbors first. “MasterCraft is a huge supporter of Davidson Cares because of the local factor.  We prefer to keep our giving to organizations like St. Augustine Youth Services and Investing in Kids because they help children who live in “our backyard”.  There is a great sense of community in St. Johns County and it’s events like Clay Day that help our local kids who need it most,” shares President of MasterCraft Builder Group, Brad Shee. 

 

MasterCraft takes pride in not only building great semi-custom homes in St. Johns County but strives to take care of the people in the community. In addition to Clays for a Cause, MasterCraft also organized Concerts for a Cause, a concert series at the Tringali Barn, and built the Home from the Heart for Builders Care last year. They donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have the support and sponsorship from MasterCraft Builder Group as they continue to support local charities. To learn more about MasterCraft Builder Group, visit their website at mastercraftbuildergroup.com or call (904) 295-1604.

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 6th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 21, 2021, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day included two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet, and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels participate.  

 

In association with the event, there was also a raffle contest. Prizes include a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors and a pod for Concerts for a Cause. 

 

Money raised from the event and raffles went directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), and Investing in Kids (INK!) in equal sums.

 

Please help us support these organizations that are so important to our community by visiting DavidsonCares.com.

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