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Chimes Installed at City Park Commemorates St. Augustine's Role in Civil Rights

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death Wednesday, city leaders, community organizers, school children and residents celebrated the completion of a decade-long project designed to bring meaning to the Dr. Robert F. Hayling Freedom Park.

The green space set on a bluff overlooking the San Sebastian and Matanzas rivers was dedicated last year in honor of one of St. Augustine’s own leaders in the civil rights movement. Hayling, through his activism, was instrumental in bringing King to the city in 1964 — a visit many consider pivotal in pushing forward legislation that led to desegregation.

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Project SOS Surpasses $200,000 Fundraising Goal at Annual Grand Anchor Gala

Project SOS, now a Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida program, surpassed its $200,000 fundraising goal at the New Orleans-themed Grand Anchor Gala held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The annual fundraiser celebrated 25 years of serving First Coast teens and raised money for Project SOS programs and new Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida facilities designed to assist the community. The two organizations merged in the summer of 2017.

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Grand Anchor Gala to Celebrate 25 Years of Serving Local Teens

Pam Mullarkey Robbins, Ben Wuerffel, Nicole Ferreira with Jack, Paul Price and Kimberly Deas gather at the 2017 Grand Anchor Gala.

Pam Mullarkey Robbins, Ben Wuerffel, Nicole Ferreira with Jack, Paul Price and Kimberly Deas gather at the 2017 Grand Anchor Gala.

The annual Grand Anchor Gala benefitting Project SOS is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, where event attendees will celebrate 25 years of the nonprofit organization’s efforts in serving First Coast teens.

“It’s going to be a wonderful, high energy, fun party,” said Pam Mullarkey Robbins, founder and CEO of Project SOS, who is retiring at the end of June. “We’re celebrating the great things the kids have done, the great decisions they’ve made.”

Robbins founded Project SOS 25 years ago when she felt compelled to help teenagers with goal setting, decision making, boundaries, bullying, avoiding drugs/alcohol and more. Since its inception, the organization has impacted the lives of 475,000 local teenagers across Northeast Florida through its in-school programming that focuses on healthy and unhealthy relationship skills, substance abuse, refusal skills for sexual risk avoidance, depression and suicide, social media and more.

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Project SOS Gala & Partnership With Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

Pam Mullarkey Robbins, founder and CEO of Project SOS, and Kevin Carrico, Vice President of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, announce the upcoming Project SOS Grand Anchor Gala on Feb. 24. Proceeds from the event help fund the ongoing efforts of this combined organization as Boys & Girls Clubs utilizes Project SOS programming to influence and impact local teens. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is also building new teen centers in Springfield and Arlington, expected to open fall of 2018 and fall of 2019 respectively.