Jaguars owners Delores and Wayne Weaver presented grants totaling $25,000 to ten non-profit organizations served by outstanding local volunteers today as part of the NFL Community Quarterback Awards Luncheon held at The River Club.
Ten Jacksonville-area non-profits received grants of $1,000 and ten local volunteers were eligible to be named as the team's 2000 Community Quarterback. Mr. Louis Walsh, who helped establish The Guardian of Dreams program at two inner-city Catholic grade schools on Jacksonville's northside, was named the team's winner. An $11,000 grant was donated on his behalf to The Guardian of Dreams program.
In addition, two volunteers were recognized as runners-up and each received a grant of $3,500 for the agencies at which they volunteer. They included Christopher Coleman of the Historic St. Johns County Police Athletic League and Mildred Thompson of the PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville.
Funded by NFL Charities, the NFL Community Quarterback Award recognizes community and youth volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering their communities. Across the league, NFL Charities will donate nearly $1 million to support the program.
Other finalists for the 2000 Jaguars Community Quarterback Award, who had $1,000 donations made to their respective agencies, included the following:
Holly S. Bendig, Baptist Home for Children
Susan Greene, Community Connections
Fred Kowkabany, State Attorney's Office - Youth Crisis Center
Elizabeth Livingston, All Saints Early Learning & Community Care Center, Inc.
Edward L. "Butch" Toney, I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless
Ian Turley, YMCA of Florida's First Coast - Claude J. Yates Branch
Mrs. Rose Watson, The Salvation Army