Empowering Students, Teachers, and Our Community with INK! (Investing in Kids)

March 26, 2024


This past fall, Davidson Realty hosted their eighth annual sport shooting fundraiser, the Jim Davidson’s Annual Clay Day. Named Davidson Cares Clay Day in years past, the fundraising event was renamed in 2023 to honor the recent passing of the Davidson family’s patriarch, Jim Davidson. Clay Day includes two sport shooting events, beginner skeet and sporting clay, and individuals and teams participate. Money raised from the event goes directly to local nonprofits, specifically youth-based organizations throughout Northeast Florida. This past Clay Day was held on October 19, 2023, and raised $150,000 that was awarded to eight local charities. Since 2012, Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty, has donated more than $577,785!


One of organizations Davidson Cares lends support to is Investing in Kids! (INK!), an education nonprofit that supports St. Johns County School District, working to improve access to education for every child. Since 1994, INK! has provided the tools and resources that both students and teachers need to be successful. INK! supports more than 3,200 teachers and 50,000 students countywide – and all their services, programs, and resources are available to students and teachers at no cost – thanks to partners like Davidson Realty.

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Meet The Amazing Charities Davidson Cares Supports!

October 5, 2023


Davidson Cares is excited to host their eighth annual clay day fundraiser, which has been renamed this year from Davidson Cares Clay Day to Jim Davidson’s Annual Clay Day, after the recent passing of the beloved patriarch of the Davidson Family, Jim Davidson. The event will take place at the Jacksonville Clay Target Sports on Thursday, October 19, 2023. This annual sports shooting event has raised more than $577,785 for local charities that support youth-based organizations throughout Northeast Florida.


“We’re so honored to live and work in a community that supports our charitable endeavors, like Clay Day,” says Sherry Davidson, president of Davidson Cares. “This is such a fun event, and the funds we raise go directly into organizations that support, protect and uplift some of our most vulnerable neighbors. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate my husband, Jim’s, life. We miss him every day.”


Clay Day begins with registration and lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Shooting starts at 2 p.m. Both new and experienced shooters are welcome. For a minimum donation of $400 per shooter, participants can shoot 100 sporting clay targets. Those new to shooting can shoot 50 skeet in a safe and comfortable atmosphere under the guidance of an instructor for a minimum donation of $300 per shooter.


This year’s Clay Day is proud to support the following charities:


St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) is a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth through various programs, including coaching, counseling and care in family-style therapeutic group homes and outpatient community services. Opened in 1989 in downtown St. Augustine, SAYS now serves three counties: St. Johns, Flagler and Putnam.



Investing in Kids! (INK!) is the only direct support organization supporting the teachers and students of St. Johns County School District. The organization is comprised of dedicated community members who provide support through mentorship, volunteering and donations. For every dollar donated to INK! $.82 goes back into programming.

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Davidson Cares Continues to Grow in Size and Impact

August 20, 2021


Since 2012, Davidson Cares has tirelessly supported local youth-based programs in Northeast Florida. Through various fundraisers, events, raffles, and grants, Davidson Cares is committed to strengthening children. The efforts of Davidson Cares is overwhelmingly supported by the gracious and generous community in Northeast Florida. 




Davidson Cares is proud of the dedicated and talented members of its board. “Davidson Cares recently welcomed four new board members to form a team of twelve incredible members. Together, we look forward to continuing to support local programs that benefit both children and their families,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty.


Steve Canty

Steve Canty is currently the principal (owner) of Shillburn Risk Advisors. Prior, for fourteen years Steve was the owner of The Canty Insurance Agency (Brightway) in Jacksonville. The agency was sold to VyStar Financial Corp in January of 2021. Steve is also a former Senior Vice President of Main Street America Group. Steve is married to Rita B. Canty, a father of three, and a grandfather to two. Steve and his wife reside on the beautiful St. Johns River in St. Augustine, Florida.



Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler is a Program Director for Investing in Kids (INK!), the foundation supporting public schools in St. Johns County.  After retiring from a twenty-six-year banking career in 2014, Jim has worked in education.  He has led the Take Stock in Children- St. Johns County scholarship and mentoring program since 2017.  He has previously served as co-founder of the Community Alliance Funding Education, as Chair of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, and as an eight-year member of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency.



William Li

William Li has been a practicing attorney for more than twenty years in Northeast Florida. He started his career at a boutique law firm in Jacksonville, Florida specializing in real estate development and representing clients in raw land acquisition, due diligence, development, and disposition. After rising to shareholder, William pursued an opportunity with the General Counsel’s office for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, handling all of the University’s legal matters in real estate, finance, and contracts. However, the lure of private practice brought William back to Jacksonville, where he now practices law again.


William is a member of the Florida Bar and is a member of numerous lawyer associations and charities. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (BS) 1996, University of Florida (Masters in Real Estate Finance) 2000, and University of Florida College of Law (JD) 2000. He is a husband and father to twin boys and enjoys spending time with his family, good food, and sports.

Davidson Cares Clay Day: Giving Back to Northeast Florida

December 11, 2020


It is no secret that 2020 has been a year of ups and downs. Despite the overwhelming obstacles, Davidson Cares Clay Day 2020 raised more than $40,500 for outstanding organizations to continue their vital work for our community thanks to the generosity of sponsors, volunteers, and participants.  


“We considered canceling the 5th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day, but knew the need from the charities that benefit from the event was too great. We thought even if we raised less money than normal, it was still funds the charities needed. Our team got creative and staggered the times for check-in and shooting, and did not gather for lunch or awards. We offered lots of snacks and drinks and handled the awards virtually the following day. We missed some of the interaction but the day was a huge success,” shared Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson. 


Congratulations to this year’s winners which included: ECS (1st Place – North Course), Providence Homes (2nd Place – North Course), Steve Merill’s Team (1st Place – South Course), and MasterCraft Builder Group (2nd Place – South Course).


Over the past five years, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $202,500 for organizations dedicated to supporting and uplifting Northeast Florida residence. This year Davidson Cares donated $13,500 to St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids!, and Builders Care. 


St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) has been serving Florida’s at-risk youth since 1989. SAYS provides coaching, counseling, and care centered around family-style therapeutic group homes and outpatient community services. Over the past thirty years, SAYS has provided treatment for thousands of children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Their programs bring crucial mental health services to hundreds of young people in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Putnam county. 


Investing in Kids! (INK!) help fund innovative programs and classroom resources for St. Johns County public school students. Established in 1994, INK! has inspired the greater community to invest in education. The funds raised from Davidson Cares Clay Day will support their Five Learning Years (FLY) and Take Stock in Children programs. FLY was developed to ensure children are prepared for success when starting kindergarten by providing educational intervention. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that offers students college scholarships, mentoring, and hope for a better future. INK! is the exclusive umbrella agency for this program in St. Johns County. 


Builders Care is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides little to no cost contracting services to those in need of critical home repairs. Their mission is to provide quality home reconstruction to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Since 2001, Builders Care has assisted more than six hundred families totaling more than $6.5 million worth of construction to Jacksonville’s neediest families. Builders Care enlists volunteers and construction professionals to make homes handicapped-accessible, repair roofs, siding and leaks, and any other necessary repairs. 


It is clear that these organizations are making a huge difference in our community. Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have raised more than $40,000 for these worthy causes and Davidson Cares is grateful for the continued support from their network of trade partners and friends who have helped make an impact when our community needs it the most! If you are interested in donating to these organizations, please visit www.davidsoncares.com.

Get your raffle tickets today and help us support local charities!

August 8, 2019


It’s raffle time!! We have officially launched our annual raffle contest to benefit St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), Investing in Kids! (INK!) and Builders Care. The raffle is in association with the 4th annual Davidson Cares Clay Day on Thursday, October 24.


Raffle packages include the following:

  • Cooler & Cocktail Raffle: This package includes a 65-quart YETI cooler and assortment of 13 full-size liquors from Broudy’s Liquors. Mixers and party snacks are also included. The Cooler & Cocktail Raffle is sponsored by Bank of England Mortgage.

  • THE PLAYERS #17 Chalet Raffle: This package includes four final round tickets to THE PLAYERS Championship in March 2020 at TPC Sawgrass with 17th hole chalet access and air conditioned private suite and balcony. Food and drinks are included. THE PLAYERS #17 Chalet Raffle is sponsored by Dream Finders Homes.

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