CHRISTMAS 2014--OUR LORD CONTINUES TO BLESS
2014 saw over 840 children waking up Christmas morning to a "ginormous" bag of presents generously donated by individuals, churches, businesses, and groups from Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Atlanta, Orlando, and Brunswick. We provided over 8,000 presents to kidos at six children's hospitals this Christmas morning, all in our Lord's name. MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT PUT SMILES ON MANY CHILDREN'S FACES THIS CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
For individual hospital reports and to see pictures please visit our "projects" page.
THE CSF STORY--WHAT WE DO
The video below begins to tell our story. We are in the process of developing a video to share with you how our Lord Jesus has called us to this ministry and how HE is using CSF to do HIS work with these hurting children and their families. Please enjoy our first installment. God bless.
BASKET EXTRAVAGANZA 2014-JACKSONVILLE
Please join us on Friday October 10th from 6:30-9:00 pm at First Baptist Church-Downtown Jacksonville. We will have three guest speakers from Wolfson Children's Hospital, a delicious dinner catered by FBC Chef Greg Bazemore, over 180 silent auction "baskets", and hosted by Lewis Turner from First Coast News. All proceeds benefit Wolfson Children's Hospital along with three other children's hospitals. For reservations please call us at 904-612-8522.
4th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT-GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
Our annual golf tournament to fund our work at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital will be held Thursday September 25th. Please visit our events page for details.
BOO AND KARYN VISIT WOLFSON
After a morning of golf in the first round of the Players Championship Boo Weekley and his wife Karyn visited Wolfson Children's Hospital in downtown Jacksonville. They were welcomed by Mike Aubin, president of Wolfson, and their hosts included Karen Frame of the child life department, along with Jim Hutcheson, board member and social worker at Wolfson. They toured throughout the hospital but the NICU visit may have been the most eye opening. Seeing babies weighing as little as one pound and surviving is truly a miracle from our Lord. Boo and Karyn had their picture made with Mason, a 2 lb. 9 oz. triplet, who is doing well. From the new Weaver tower to the Tebow room, Boo and Karyn were amazed at the size of the hospital and the wonderful work performed at Wolfson.
Basket Extravaganza 2014-Ocala
Our 2014 Basket Extravaganza to benefit our work at Shands Hospital for Children at UF and three other children's hospitals will be held Friday, June 20th, at the First Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida. Please join us for an evening of delicious food from Carrabas, shopping from over 150 "basket" items in our silent auction and informative speakers from Shands.
5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Please join us for our golf tournament on Monday March 17th at Palencia Golf and Country Club. We will begin checking in at 11:30 and our shot gun start is at 1:00. The event is a four person Shamble format with handicaps. Chick-fil-A provides the lunch, Pepsi the drinks, Frito-Lay the snacks, and Palencia the breathtaking venue. There will prizes galore with dinner and a silent auction following the golf. Please come and join us for a day of fun on a beautiful course for a wonderful cause. For more information please contact our tournament director, Jim White, at 904-808-1533. Hope to see you there.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!
What a blessed Christmas this year at all seven of the hospitals where we provided presents for the children who were in the hospital this Christmas day. At Egleston and Scottish Rite in Atlanta, Albany, Brunswick, Gainesville-Shands, Jacksonville, and Arnold Palmer in Orlando over 840 children received around 9,000 gifts this Christmas day. What a glorious day celebrating our Lord's birthday!!!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, WORKERS, AND DONORS FOR ANOTHER "GINORMOUS" YEAR!!!! GOD BLESS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Individual hospital reports will be posted soon to our "projects" page with pictures.
OUR LORD IS AT WORK!!!!
ALL OVER CSF!!!
"Christmas in August" another BIG success at Sacred Heart in Pensacola
3rd Annual CSF Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Shands Hospital for Children at UF draws more donors and sponsors than ever before!!
See our Projects and Events page for details on the above events.
BASKET EXTRAVAGANZA 2013---TRULY A "GOD THING"
The evening of Friday October 4th was indeed a "God thing". Approximately 300
individuals experienced the presence of our Lord as HE touched lives in a way we could not have dreamed. Many people, including the CEO of RPM Automotive, were touched by the stories of the children and families receiving assistance from Christ's Starfish. A majority of those in attendance had never known the level of support that CSF provides to these families, from paying many of their household bills to even buying underwear for a mother from Tifton, Georgia whose sixteen year old daughter had arrived by ambulance suffering from a brain seizure. Wolfson social worker Jim Hutcheson's story of a big burly man breaking down when he found out an organization he had never heard of was willing to pay several of his bills touched many in attendance. Truly God is at work inside HIS Foundation and HE was present that Friday night.
We cannot thank enough our volunteers, speakers, partners, sponsors, and over 170 donors that made this event possible. Special thanks to First Baptist Church-Downtown Jacksonville and Lewis Turner from First Coast News, our hosts for the evening.
Please join us Friday October 10, 2014 for our Basket Extravaganza 2014.
BOO WEEKLEY WINS!!!!!!! AND SO DOES CHRIST'S STARFISH!!!!
Boo Weekley won the PGA Tour's Player of the month for May. Congrats!!! to Boo and his wife Karyn, who is on our Board of Directors. As a result of this award Boo and Karyn have designated two Pensacola charities to receive $ 25,000 each. He and Karyn have chosen Christ's Starfish Foundation and Vision of Hope. We will use the funds exclusively for our work with the children and their families at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. Boo and Karyn's kind and generous hearts are making a difference in the lives of many children and families in the Pensacola area. We thank our Lord for bringing Karyn and Boo into our lives.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH--ATLANTA LOCAL MISSION FAIR--AWESOME!!!
Sunday April 28th was a glorious day at FBC-Atlanta. We were invited for our second year to be a part of this wonderful event to allow local ministries to share their Lord's work with the members and guests of First Baptist. Well over 200 individuals stopped by our table to learn more about what we do for the children and their families at the children's hospitals in Atlanta. Fifty individuals signed up to partner with us in our work. Many "thanks" to everyone that stopped by and to FBC for their invitation and hospitality. Special thanks Paul Diamond, Barb Sixsmith, and Roberta Barrios with FBC along with volunteers Amy Lahey, Pat Tatro, and Laveda Doxey from the CHOA hospitals. God bless and we hope to see you next year!!!
4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is Blessed!!!
From a morning thunderstorm to a beautiful sunny 80 degree afternoon of golf, our Lord truly blessed our event this year. Seventy-six golfers teed it up to vy for prizes ranging from a 2013 Audi from Hanania Audi, Pepsi drinks, golf balls, to P.F. Changs $ 50.00 gift cards. Chick-fil-A provided lunch, Pepsi drinks, Frito Lay snacks, Gump's Sports Photography pictures, Palencia the venue and hospitality, and our Lord provided the gorgeous day. After the golf we joined our dinner guests for a delicious meal and over 140 silent auction items. Many "thanks" to all our donors!!! The items ranged from a NAPA car basket to a Hilton Head vacation. Deals were had all over the room. Three speakers from Wolfson Children's Hospital brought us up to date on the happenings at Wolfson. They included president Mike Aubin, child life specialist manager Pat Kirkland, and social worker Jim Hutcheson. Outstanding job by all three. THANK YOU!! An auction of ten of the items brought a lot of fun and some really happy faces. The happiest of all was the individual who won the $ 500.00 gift basket from Bonefish Grill. WOW!! The evening concluded with a video of some of the hospital "kidos" receiving huge gift bags. The last teenager on the video summed up our work and why we do what we do when he said, " It is nice to feel loved."
THANK YOU TO OUR 2013 SPONSORS: HANANIA AUDI, PEPSI, CHICK-FIL-A, FRITO LAY, GUMP'S SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY, RPM AUTOMOTIVE, AUTOLINE AUTOMOTIVE, P.F. CHANG'S, NAPA AUTOPARTS, MATTHEWS RESTAURANTS, WAY RADIO, AIRKO, BOZARD FORD, HARBESON, FLETCHER,BATEH, CPAs, LEWIS TURNER-FIRST COAST NEWS, COMMUMITY FIRST CU-ST. AUGUSTINE, MAKE BELIEVE COSTUMES AND DANCEWEAR, FORD SHEET METAL, INC., WOOD, ATTER, &WOLF,P.A., BENTON-INTEGRITY ROOFING SYSTEMS, DUVAL MAZDA,A NONNI MOOSE, LAINO AND ASSOCIATES, AND NATIONWIDE.
Please join us next year at Palencia for another wonderful event from our Lord. God bless.
CHRISTMAS 2012 IS "GINORMOUS"!!!!!!!!!
WE SERVE AN AWESOME GOD!!!!!
With Christmas 2012 our Lord took us to new heights. We put smiles on more "kidos" faces that ever before. At Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville we provided presents to around 150 children, 60 of these were NICU babies. At Shands-Gainesville, we delivered gifts to 122 children, 60 of these were NICUs. At Arnold Palmer C.H. in Orlando,we delighted the parents of approximately 120 NICU babies with a bag of first Christmas gifts. At Egleston and Scottish Rite in Atlanta we brightened the day for 280 children, 80 of these NICUs. At the Children's Hospital in Macon, Georgia, 112 children awoke to huge bags of Christmas goodies, 42 NICU babies.
Immeasurable "THANKS" to all our many partners. Without our Lord leading you to assist none of the above would have been possible. MAY GOD BLESS!!!
Please visit our "projects" page for details.
USSSA GEORGIA GIRLS SOFTBALL TO PARTNER WITH CHRIST'S STARFISH
I am pleased to announce the USSSA Georgia girls softball will hold several charitable raffles in conjunction with their Children's Healthcare of Atlanta benefit tournament to be held on October 19-21 and November 9-11, as well as the Thanksgiving Thunder tournament on November 16-18. Georgia USSSA has teamed up with Christ's Starfish Foundation to enhance their annual vision of "children helping children" at these tournaments. To participate in the raffle bring an unwrapped toy for any age group, infant, toddler, or teen. Each toy may be exchanged for a raffle ticket. Prizes will include aTyja backpack, a Worth FPEX 31" bat, free entry into the 2012 USSSA State tournament, and other prizes to be announced. All proceeds and presents go directly to the children in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta area hospitals. For more information call Jerry Parham at 770-716-3893.
GOLF IS GRAND IN GAINESVILLE !!!!!!
Our first ever fund raising event in Gainesville, Florida, benefiting our work at Shands Hospital for Children at UF, was an amazing success. 64 golfers gathered on Tuesday September 25th at the Gainesville Country Club to vy for prizes including a $ 50,000 Audi Q5 from Hanania Audi. No one won the car but all had a wonderful day and the kidos and their families at Shands will be the real winners. CONGRATS to the team from Nationwide Insurance which took down our top prize, a trip to the Black Diamond Golf Resort. Thank you to our sponsors; Chick-fil-A, Pepsi, Frito Lay, Jack Hanania Audi, Images by Kasha, Way Radio, Michael Gracy, Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Showcase Restorations, Community Bank and Trust of Florida, and Ron and Becky Grant. Thanks also to over 90 local businesses that donated items for our silent auction.
Please join us in 2013. God Bless.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY--SACRED HEART CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, PENSACOLA
As Channel 3 News reported it was a quiet day at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital on Tuesday July 17th until Rudolph (alias Chick-fil-A Cow), Santa's wife ( Karyn Weekley), and a bunch of their elves showed up. Then things all changed. Karyn (golfer Boo Weekley's wife) along with her many helpers brought about 53 stuffed bags of "Christmas in July' gifts for the children who were in the hospital. Smiles abounded as they made their rounds with the kids. One teenage boy summed it all up when he said, "It feels good to be loved". That was our goal for the day, to share the love of Christ with these hurting children. I think we succeeded.
Please visit our Projects page for more.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ATLANTA--THANK YOU
Sunday, April 29th, was a memorable day in the life of Christ's Starfish Foundation. We were blessed with the opportunity to be a part of First Baptist Church of Atlanta's 2012 Mission Fair. We shared with their members how our Lord in using us to assist the hurting children and their families at Egleston and Scottish Rite Children's Hospitals in Atlanta.
Special thanks to Paul Diamond, Roberta Barrios, Barb Sixsmith, and their team at FBA for our invitation and their dedicated work in service for our Lord at this year's event. AWESOME JOB!!!!
Thanks also to the members of First Baptist that stopped by our booth to learn about Christ's Starfish and our work for our Lord. Welcome aboard to the 52 individuals that signed up to partner with us on our Journey with Christ to serve these children in HIS name.
WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!!!!
The vision our Lord has given us for 2012 is to establish relationships with a total of ten children's hospitals by January 2013. We currently work in five. Please be in prayer for us as we pursue our Lord's vision.
3rd Annual Christ's Starfish Golf Tournament
What a glorious day! Our 2012 golf tournament/dinner/silent auction was a huge success. We were able to raise the majority of the funds needed to serve the children and their families at Wolfson Children's Hospital for the year. Please visit our projects page for details.
CHRISTMAS 2011 - WOW!!
What a blessed Christmas!! We provided presents to over 430 children in four children's hospitals on Christmas Day. Please visit our projects page for details.
OUR JOURNEY EXPANDS TO EGLESTON AND SCOTTISH RITE IN ATLANTA
It is official. We are now working at Egleston and Scottish Rite Children's Hospitals in Atlanta. As our Lord leads into new territory with new challenges we continue to seek to be obedient to HIS call on our lives to help these hurting children and their families. IN 2011 we will provide Christmas presents to 145 children at Egleston and we are working with Scottish Rite to provide presents to their children also. In addition to the Christmas presents we are assisting the families of non cancer patients. Please continue to pray for us as we seek HIS guidance in this service to HIM.
1ST ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT OUR WORK AT SHANDS
The Country Club of Ocala hosted our 1st annual golf tournament/dinner/silent auction to raise funds for our work at Shands Children's Hospital. Please visit our projects page for more information.
2ND ANNUAL "CHRISTMAS IN JULY"
The second annual Christmas in July project is now underway. This project benefits the children in Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola, FL. For more information on this event, visit our projects page.
2ND ANNUAL CHRIST'S STARFISH FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
2011 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP BIRDIES FOR CHARITY
To find out more about the 2nd annual Christ's Starfish Foundation Charity Golf Tournament and how you can be eligible to win a fabulous trip to Melbourne, Australia, visit our projects page.
2010 - A BLESSED YEAR FOR CHRIST'S STARFISH FOUNDATION
What an incredible year we experienced at Christ's Starfish Foundation. God has truly blessed as we strive to be obedient to to HIS call on our lives. With the support of so many individuals, businesses, and churches we were able to accomplish so much. We were also blessed to receive a $25,000 Quality of Life Grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. MDRT is a premier association of financial professionals.( See article below)
During the year we were able to provide assistance in over 80 cases to 57 families totaling over $30,000.00 of support. The support included approximately $12,000 for Wolfson families, $11,000 for Shands, and $8,000 for Sacred Heart. These projects included assistance with mortgage and rent payments, electric bills, gas cards, hotel bills, cribs and strollers, car rental and repair, and medications.
During the summer, we provided presents to 50 children for a "Christmas in July" project at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Karyn Weekly, her son Parker, and her mom Patty Hawthorne partnered with us. It was an awesome day!
We provided over 3,000 presents to Wolfson Children's Hospital for 128 children who were in the hospital on Christmas Day. We also provided gifts to seven dialysis patients at their annual Christmas Party held at the Jacksonville Zoo. In addition, we provided over 1,800 presents to 110 children who were in Shands Children's Hospital on Christmas Day. For more information on this inspired work, go to our projects page.
In March, we conducted our first annual golf tournament/dinner/silent auction at Palencia Golf and Country Club. Ninety-one golfers had a great day and the dinner and silent auction were a huge success. This years' tournament will be on March 22nd at Palencia. We hope you will make plans to attend.
A HUGE thank you goes out to all those who supported and worked so hard to make 2010 the foundation's best year ever.
CHRIST'S STARFISH RECEIVES MDRT FOUNDATION HIGHEST AWARD
Carldon Lahey, founder and president of Christ's Starfish Foundation was awarded a $25,000 Quality of Life Grant by the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation for outstanding community service.
The MDRT Foundation's Quality of Life program, which was created in 1990, recognizes MDRT members for their community involvement. This year, 22 recipients were selected for the award. A total of $100,000 was donated by the MDRT Foundation to charities in the name of 22 MDRT member volunteers. In June 2010, six members received the largest grants. The awards included three $5,000, two $10,000, and one $25,000 The awards were presented at the annual meeting which was held in Vancouver BC.
The Million Dollar Round Table is the Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Founded in 1927, MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 35,000, or less than 1 percent, of the world's best life insurance and financial services professionals from 491 companies in 87 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct, and outstanding client service. MDRT Membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide Round Table members with a means to give back to their communities. Since it's inception, it has donated $23.2 million to more than 1,600 worthy charities around the world. The majority of these funds was raised by MDRT members from MDRT members. Some of the organizations that have benefited from MDRT Foundation grants are: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army.
Christ's Starfish Foundation feels extremely blessed to be this years recipient of the highest award granted.
We also provide support to the families of children with non-cancer illnesses. There are two organizations that provide support to the families of children with cancer; Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund and a child cancer group started by parents of children who have cancer. The hospitalization of a child requires that at least one parent be with them during their stay. This often results in missed work and no pay. Examples of expenses we may help with would include rent or mortgage payments, electric bills, phone bills, gas expense, and food.