Local celebrities and medical professionals went to bat again to celebrate healthy babies and the important role fathers play in the lives of their children at the Sixth Annual Rounds at the Grounds. The game, typically played leading up to Infant Mortality Awareness Month (September), was played this year in June, which is Men’s Health Month and the month Father’s Day is celebrated.
The fundraiser and awareness event brought in approximately $20,000 to fund programs and efforts to make sure that every mother has a chance to have a healthy baby. Donations to Rounds can still be made here.
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith served as honorary chair for the event, celebrating his role as the father of three children. The Grey team squeaked out a close win against the White team, with a final score of 11-10.
Golden Glove: Rachel Vitti, community advocate
Clutch Hitter: Al Emerick, Al Emerick Productions
Game Changer: Nikolai Vitti, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent
Sweetest Swing: Dino Delossantos, Absolute Care Home Health
Most Valuable Player: Pedro Bragan, Jacksonville Suns President/Owner
Community Leader: Donna Orender, Generation W & Orender Unlimited
Heart & Hustle: Megan Manthe, Mayo Clinic
Afterwards, the players, sponsors, staff and families enjoyed the Jacksonville Suns game against the Montgomery Biscuits. Regions Bank donated a green beach cruiser, which was raffled off during the game. Congratulations to the winner, Cindy Neville!
Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors; players; the Jacksonville Suns; volunteers and everyone who came out to enjoy the game! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Coalition’s community-based programs, like the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, the Magnolia and Azalea projects, the Teen Health Project and more.