Thursday, April 12, 2018
Rotary Club holds James Bond-themed Mineral City Celebration Event honors Gary and Nancy Chartrand with 2018 ‘Rock of the Community’ award

Local Rotarians and friends flaunted their most elegant tuxedos and gowns and sipped on martinis — shaken, not stirred— last weekend at the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach’s James Bond-themed Mineral City Celebration.

Held at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, nearly 600 people attended “Titanium Night,” which supported KIPP Jacksonville Schools and Daniel Kids, among other First Coast charities…

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Rock of the Community - Gary and Nancy Chartrand

Ponte Vedra Beach residents Gary and Nancy Chartrand are among the First Coast’s leading philanthropists.

As executive chairman of Acosta, Gary Chartrand oversees a company that employs more than 35,000 associates in 100 offices. He has been the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company's geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into a leading full-service sales and marketing company in the United States and Canada. For his efforts, Chartrand received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News from 2003 to 2009.

In April 2007, Chartrand led a community effort to help bring Teach for America to Jacksonville, making the River City only the second community in Florida to attract the education initiative. In June 2009, he and his wife, Nancy, also made a pledge gift to KIPP schools of Jacksonville to help…

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and parrot hats were the order of the day last weekend when the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach brought a bit of Jimmy Buffett to the First Coast with its annual Mineral City Celebration.

An estimated 500 people set their watches to five o’clock and flocked to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which had been transformed...

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Peace, love and Ponte Vedra Beach: Rotary’s Mineral City Celebration rocks a 1960s theme

Love beads, tie-dye shirts, go-go boots, miniskirts….An explosion of color and psychedelic vibes graced the grounds of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra’s Mineral City Celebration event on April 16.

This year’s theme for the annual fundraising event was “Peace Love & Rotary” – a sort of “Woodstock for philanthropists” ...

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Rock of the Community - Ed Burr

Ed Burr is president and chief executive officer of GreenPointe Holdings, LLC, a diversified holding company that brings together the necessary disciplines to create sustainable, high-value communities throughout the Southeastern United States. Burr is widely considered a leader in the real estate industry for his ability to analyze real estate potential and to lead companies that create unparalleled communities known for their recreational, residential, and commercial value.

Prior to leading GreenPointe Holdings, Burr founded the LandMar Group LLC in 1987 and led the company’s creation of master-planned, award-winning communities in Florida and coastal Georgia. Burr’s career started as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand working in Miami and New York City. Burr also founded Hampton Golf & Lifestyles Management with former PGA of America President M.G. Orender in 1998 to develop and manage golf courses…

April, 2015
Rock of the Community - Don Blackburn

Donald F. Blackburn literally personifies the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.” We honor him tonight because for some 40 years he has given back to his communities…with a smile.

Don’s business career that began in the 1950s with the Morrell Company and Gino’s Inc. is a role-model success story: While with Gino’s, he sensed an opportunity with a process called “cryogenics.” Before long, he was establishing a long-term supplier relationship with Burger King restaurants that launched the success of what became American Food Service in Pennsylvania. Don led that company for nearly 30 years until retiring…