Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, offensive tackle Maurice Williams and cornerback Scott Starks were honored recently for their community and charitable work at Clara White Mission's "Miracle on Ashley Street."
"Our Jaguars that we honored today have been community ambassadors for Jacksonville," said Ju'Coby Pittman CEO/President of the Clara White Mission. "We appreciate these guys who are so willing to give up their time and spread the word about community service."
Clara White's "Miracle on Ashley Street" feeds the homeless with a gourmet lunch which includes featured specialties from popular area restaurants served up by local celebrities from politics, business and the media. The Jaguars players were included as some of the celebrity servers.
This year's event was hosted by Deborah Gianoulis, over 20 corporate sponsors and 140 servers, with 10 community restaurants participating.
"This is a huge event," said Stroud. "The Clara White Mission is very well respected in this community and it's an honor to be out here to help these people."
"I have been over here several times and I have never seen this many people in line to get a meal," said Starks. "This event is feeding many people as well as many families."
The Jaguars have been supportive to the Clara White Mission for the last 10 years. Many Jaguars often spend their time on Tuesdays during the season serving lunch and helping out with the people at the mission.
"The Clara White Mission has experienced tremendous growth over the last eleven year," said Pittman. "We've grown our staff, we've grown our facility and we've grown our facility to provide services. We're always quick to thank our funders and volunteers. We just want to be sure they know, and that the community knows, the important role they've played, and how much we appreciate their commitment and support of the Clara White Mission."
Over 1,500 people attended the 11th annual "Miracle on Ashley Street" this year.