Community Outreach

COMMUNITY OUTREACH HISTORY TO DATE

Fernandina & Friends is a generous and committed social club that enjoys not only the entertainment, cultural trips and cruises, but also a tremendous spirit of giving. All of our charity events directly benefit organizations within the Villages and local communities. 

2020 – ($7050.00 to date)

$1,000.00 Ruthann Bailey Memorial Scholarship awarded to Ashanti Holloway, graduating senior at Wildwood High School.  She will continue her studies in Nursing.

$1,000.00 Ruthann Bailey Memorial Scholarship awarded to Nia Kelley, graduating senior at Wildwood High School.  She will continue her studies in Agriculture Education.

$1,000.00 – Wildwood Soup Kitchen – food drive

$1,000.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers Organization

$500.00 – Wildwood Booster Club

$800.00 – to part-time AMF Bowling Lanes laid off employees

$500.00 – Wildwood Elementary School “Go Fund Me Campaign”

$250.00 – Center Hill Children’s Mission Food Drive

$500.00 – Wildwood Athletic/Academic Booster Club

$500.00 – Center Hill Children’s Mission – after school program.  (Pictured far left, Mark Bailey, Fernandina & Friends Club Leader and far right Tom “Pugs” Pugliese, Club Member and Mission volunteer. 

2019 – ($16,200.00 for the year)

$10,000.00 – 6th Annual 9-11 Remembrance, Golf Scramble Bar-B-Q, Veterans Benefit.

$500.00 – “Wildwood Elementary School – Winter Coat Drive”

$500.00 – Fernandina & Friends club leader Mark Bailey(r) and Club Community Outreach Coordinator, Tom Lombardo (c) presenting check to Faye Scher, organizer of the “Wildwood Elementary Schools – Back to School Supplies Drive”.  Picture taken at Walmart after the shopping spree.

$1,000.00 – Joint outreach between The Wildwood Boosters Club (organized through the Villages and Fernandina & Friends).

$2,000.00 – Annual Ruthann Bailey Memorial Scholarship presented by Tom Lombardo, Fernandina & Friends Community Outreach Coordinator and Mark Bailey, Fernandina & Friends Club Leader to Breanna Ward, Leesburg High School.


$500.00 –  Wildwood Educational Outreach Program – “Children’s Concerts Inc.” Over 200 elementary school children from Wildwood attended the special concert.

$200.00 – “Slide over Lymphoma” with Scooter the D.J.

$500.00 – Wildwood Elementary School – “Kids Snack Pack Program”

$1,000.00  –   Jan Knight, Club Treasurer,  and Mark Bailey, Club Leader presenting check to Roger and Nancy  Schnepp of the Wildwood High School Athletic/Academic Boosters Club.

2018 – ($18,397.00 for the year)

$1,547.00  – Fernandina & Friends Bowling Donations to:  Wildwood Winter Coat Drive, Combat Veterans to Careers, and The Villages Youth Soccer Trip to the Netherlands.

$500.00 – Wildwood E. S. – Winter Clothing Benefit- Stein Mart Fashion Show, Club Leader Mark Bailey, presenting check to Faye Scher.  Club Treasurer, Jan Bailey and Fshion Co-ordinator Barbara Iannielli looking on.

$100.00 – Wildwood Booster Club Golf Tournament

$100.00 – Hospice Golf Tournament – Hole Sponsor

$200.00 – United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Fruitland Park

$8,000.00 – 5th Annual 9-11 Remembrance, Golf Scramble Bar-B-Q, Veterans Benefit.  Fernandina & Friends Community Outreach Coordinator, Tom Lombardo (c.) presenting $4,000.00 checks each to Spec. Troy Sasser and SGT. Mike Wdowiak

$692.00 – Wildwood Elementary School – “Benefit Bowling Party”

$1oo.00 – Sumter County Youth Center in Wildwood

$500.00 – Wildwood Elementary School -” Back to School Supplies Drive”

In Memory of Don Firment

Jeremy Firment holding the famous”Don Firment – Mutton Chop Driver” that was given  to him at the Memorial Potluck Dinner.

$2,658.00 – Don Firment Memorial Golf Outing & Pot Luck Dinner coordinated by Rich Prairie, Wayne Darnell and Frank Marchese, and supported by Fernandina & Friends.

$2,000.00 – The Ruthann Bailey Memorial Scholarship awarded to Willow Reeves, The Villages Charter High School.   Pictured from l.to r.: Tom Lombardo, Scholarship Chairman, Sheri Mannino Bailey, Willow Reeves, and Mark Bailey, Fernandina & Friends Leader.  The Fernandina & Friends Social Club established the Ruthann Bailey Memorial scholarship in memory of their friend and founding member of the club.  The scholarship is awarded to a college bound graduating senior of the Villages Charter High School.

$1,500.00 – Mark Bailey (c), Fernandina & Friends Leader presenting check to Rich Jarmusik (r) & Chester Kahn (l), (Hospice Executive Board Members)

  

$500.00 – Fernandina & Friends Banner flown on top of Mount Everest Expedition in support of the Thame School

2017 – ($33,360.00 for the year)

$7,000.00 – Fourth Annual 9-11 Remembrance Bar-B-Q Benefit…Tom Lombardo, Fernandina & Friends Community Outreach Chairman awarding $3,500.00 checks to returning military Veterans – Judid Escobar and Eric Konopa

$100.00 – Hospice Golf Tournament – Hole Sponsor

$500.00 check presentation to Wildwood Elementary School teacher Faye Scher, presented by Vicki & Tom Lombardo, Fernandina & Friends Outreach Coordinators

$500.00 – Wildwood Elementary School – “Back to School Supplies Donation”

$1,760.00 – Fernandina & Friends Bowling League – New England Sports Program Benefit

$2,000.00 – Ruthann Bailey Memorial College Scholarship – presented by Tom Lombardo, Fernandina & Friends Community Outreach Chairman.  Next to Tom is Sheri Lyn Bailey Mannino, Daughter of Ruthann Bailey, Autumn Soto, 2017 Scholarship Awardee, and Vicki Lombardo, Co-Chair of Fernandina & Friends Outreach Program.

Celebrity Chef Jon Ashton pictured with Jan & Mark Bailey

$19,000.00 – “COOKING with VODKA” Benefit for Combat Veterans to Careers

$500.00 -Fernandina & Friends Donation- The Fisher House

$1,000.00 – Fernandina & Friends Bowling League – Culinary Scholarships – The Villages Charter School & Leesburg High School – “COOKING with VODKA”

$800.00 – Fernandina & Friends – “COOKING with VODKA” – Table Raffle

$200.00 – Vietnam Veterans Chapter #1036 – Golf Tournament Hole Sponsor

2016 ($26,295 for the year)

$500.00 – Club Member Larry Oiler presenting check to Battalion Commander, LTjg Robert Robbins for the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Fruitland Park

$5,000.00 – 9-11 Remembrance, Golf Scramble, Bar-B-Q Benefit for Sgt. Sean Karph

$250.00 – Orlando Remembrance Fund

$300.00 – Hospice Parrotheads Benefit – Golf Hole Sponsorship

$500.00 – Wildwood Elementary School Supplies

$500.00 – Mother of Mercy Food Pantry

$575.00 – Leesburg Junior Bowling Scholarship Program

Volunteer Service – The Villages Professional Development Soccer League

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Picture Top Left Corner:  Club Member – Jim Bacon – “The Soda Man”

$2,000.00 – Ruthann Bailey Memorial College Scholarship

$650.00 – Villages for Hospice – Bermuda Cruise Benefit

$1,000.00 – Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation – Wine Bingo

$3,500.00 – Village for Hospice – Southern Caribbean Cruise Benefit

$200.00 – Villages Viet Nam Veterans Chapter 1036 – Golf Hole Sponsorship

$1,000.00 – New England Disabled Sports Program

$320.00 – Villagers for Hospice Fashion Show

$10,000.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers – Calendar Drive

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$330.00 – NFL Survivors Pool – Wounded Warriors Project

$165.00 – NFL Survivors Pool – American Cancer Society

2015 ($38,037.50 for the year)

$8,050.00 – Casino Night – Villagers for Hospice Benefit

$387.50 – NFL Survivors Pool – Wildwood Food Pantry

$250.00 – Sea Cadet Program – Fruitland Park

$200.00 – Villages Viet Nam Veterans – Golf Hole sponsor

$200.00 – Villagers for Hospice

$500.00 – Biggest Loser Challenge – Combat Veterans to Careers

$700.00 – Men’s Golf Scramble – MS Foundation

$250.00 – F & F Men’s Golf Scramble – Villagers for Hospice

$1,000.00 – MS Foundation – Mary Jo Vitale

$500.00 – C.E.R.T. BENEFIT – The Donna Moore Show

$22,000.00 – Parrotheads/Fernandina & Friends – Hospice Golf Benefit

$500.00 – Golf Scramble – Villagers for Hospice – Gold Tee Box Sponsor

$500.00 – C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team

$1,000.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers Organization

$1,000.00 – Vietnam Veterans Post 1036

$1,000.00 – “Tutors for Kids” Program

2014 – ($20,336.00 for the year)

$1000.00 – C.E.R.T. -The Villages Community Emergency Response Team

Helped raise over $11,000.00 for the Villages Hospice Center – Casino Night

$635.00 – “Biggest Loser Challenge Benefit” for the Combat Veterans to Careers Organization

$65.00 – Proceeds from the Annual Spring Golf Scramble to benefit The Village Hospice Center

$200.00 – Charity Golf Tournament – Mixed Scramble – Hole Sponsor for the Villagers for Hospice

$500.00 – C.E.R.T. – The Villages Community Emergency Response Team

$216.00 – Fernandina & Friends – Men’s Fall Fun Golf Scramble

$1,500.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers Program

$1,500.00 – Viet Nam Veterans – Chapter 1036

Helped raise $2,920.00 – 2nd Annual Elegant Elephant Bazaar – Village Hospice

$800.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers Program – Golf Cart Raffle

“Sneakers & Socks” Drive – Bellville Elementary School – over 100 pairs collected

“Angels of The Villages” – Christmas items to foster children – Lake & Sumter County

2013 – ($4,750.00 for the year)

$500.00 – Holy Trinity Episcopal School for Special Needs

$1000.00 – Combat Veterans to Careers Program

$3,000.00 raised for the Villages Hospice Center @ Elegant Elephant bazaar

$250.00 – Christmas Stockings for Combat Veterans in Afghanistan

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Leaders in Community Service

Fernandina & Friends has established itself not only as a fun-loving, entertainment club, but also a social club with sincere generosity and volunteer responses to community needs. F & F has partnered with The Wildwood Schools, The Wildwood Booster Club, The Wildwood Soup Kitchen, Leesburg High School,  The Villages High School,  The Villagers for Hospice, The Combat Veterans to Careers Organization, The Viet Nam Veterans – Post 1036, C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team, Eisenhower & Bradenton Rec Center Christmas Tree Decorating, The Annual Bradenton Scare Crow Contest and The Angels of the Villages sponsored by the Villages Recreation Department.
KUDOS TO:
“ANNUAL ELEPHANT BAZARR & HOSPICE GOLF SCRAMBLE”
Club member Rich Jarmusik who once again coordinated over 50 club volunteers in helping raise almost $3,000 for the Village Hospice, and coordinating Golf Scramble with the Parrotheads.
“SNEAKERS & SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS”
Club member Laura Kammer for coordinating a sneaker & sock drive which will provide over 60 children with much needed footwear.
“CHARITY RAFFLE FOR THE
COMBAT VETERANS TO CAREERS”
Club member Tom Lombardo, ‘Charity Guru” for coordinating the Golf Cart AC Drive and also for spearheading the 2nd Annual Biggest Loser Contest, 2016 Charity Calendar and the NFL Survivors pool.
“FERNANDINA & FRIENDS CHARITY CALENDAR”
Club member Vicki Lombardo for coordinating the Fernandina & Friends Charity Calendar drive.

“ANGELS OF THE VILLAGES PROGRAM”

To all club members for their generosity in supporting the Recreation Departments 23rd Annual Christmas Drive for Lake & Sumter Families and Sumter County Guardian ad Litem/Youth & Family Alternatives.
“CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY”
Club member Becky Stephenson for coordinating the Christmas Stockings for Active Military in Afghanistan.