Speaker Date Topic
Liz Edmunds Jan 03, 2019
Gabriel House of Care
Gabriel House of Care

To provide affordable, temporary lodging in a “community of healing” environment for adult organ transplant and cancer patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment.

In March 2008, at age 64, Jorge Bacardi (of the Bacardi Rum family) received a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. His surgery was complex but the outcome and his recovery were excellent. He left the hospital a few days later, having experienced a full breath of air for the first time in his life. Almost immediately, the Bacardi’s began thinking about how they could give back to honor their organ donor, whom Jorge called Gabriel after the heavenly archangel Gabriel.

Later, in 2009, the Bacardi’s learned the true identity of their donor, Christopher Mark Gregory, a nineteen-year-old student at Loyola University in New Orleans, who suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. They had an emotional meeting with Christopher’s parents, brothers, and other family members at the Gregory’s home in Baltimore. Soon thereafter, Jorge and Leslie Bacardi made the leadership gift to Mayo Clinic for the construction of the new hospitality house being built on campus.

They named the house Gabriel House of Care, in honor of his organ donor.

Learn more at http://www.gabrielhouseofcare.org 

Michael Huyghue Jan 17, 2019
Behind the Line of Scrimmage
Behind the Line of Scrimmage

Michael Huyghue (pronounced "HEWG") is widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the professional sports industry having a career that spans over 30 years. Huyghue was twice named to the Sports Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Sports Executives. Huyghue has been a pioneer in the industry, paving the way for many other African Americans who followed in his footsteps.

Most recently, Huyghue was the Commissioner of the United Football League, comprised primarily of young National Football League players and former NFL Head Coaches. Huyghue founded and directed the UFL raising over two hundred million dollars in seed money. The UFL operated for four nationally televised seasons, competing directly against the NFL. The UFL saw limited viewership but over 150 of its players and dozens of its coaches found full time positions in the NFL.

Michael is married to his law school classmate, Kimberly Wyche, has three children (Kristen, Kathryn and Tyler) and resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He is a board member of the Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Club of America, among many other charitable organizations.  He is also an avid golfer, and a commercial rated pilot.

John Boylan - Tentative Jan 17, 2019
District 6970 Area 4 Foundation Assistant Governor
District 6970 Area 4 Foundation Assistant Governor
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