Community Spirit

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Putnam County Desperate For Volunteer Firefighters

PALATKA, Fla. -- With the wildfires burning across the First Coast, county fire services need more volunteers to help out on the ground and act as support.

Shannon Tilton is a volunteer firefigher in Putnam County. She's been active since 1997 and says volunteering can lead to a new career, or just be a great way to help out the community.

"Putnam County paid for my fire school and they also paid for my EMT training, I'm now EMT certified."

She says typically the volunteer staff are the first to get picked when there are openings within the full-time fire department.

Right now, she says they are worn so thin because of all the wildfires as well as the standard house calls and medical emergencies.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

CSX Employees Go "Beyond the Rails" with Service Project

CSX Employees Go "Beyond the Rails" with Service Project

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  There's a wealth of trouble out there for Jacksonville teenagers to get caught up in.
"Trouble just always seems to find you when you have a lot of time on your hands and you're young and have nothing to do with yourself," said Alonzo Jackson.

That's why Jackson, 19, found a safe sanctuary in Springfield.  It's a place he's stuck with for the past 10 years or so.

"It just gave me a place to come and have fun after school," said Jackson, "I might have gotten into a whole lot more trouble."

The Sanctuary on 8th Street has been around since 1992.  Years later, a transformation is underway at the non-profit organization.

"Our overall goal is to be mindful of all the great work that's happening at non-profit agencies in Jacksonville and help them and better equip them to succeed," said Tori Kaplan, CSX Director of Corporate Citizenship.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Hands-Only CPR Takes 60 Seconds to Learn and Could SAVE the Life of Someone You LOVE

Did you know, CPR Week runs from June 1 to June 7? In celebration of National CPR Week we want you to know that anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 This June, in honor of National CPR Week, the American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie Helps Customers Prepare for 2011 Hurricane Season

Winn-Dixie is helping individuals and businesses to prepare now for what is predicted to be an “active to extremely active” year for tropical storms. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins today.

“Our guests can find the supplies to stock their hurricane kits at their neighborhood stores, and it can be done on a budget by using our Customer Reward Card and taking advantage of this week’s hurricane preparedness stock up and save sale in our stores,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group vice president of marketing.  “We are offering a number of Buy One, Get One (BOGO) sales, 10 for $10 items, and ‘Save ’til’ offers. That’s in addition to our Winn-Dixie brand products, which are better than or equal in quality to national brands at a significant cost savings.”