St. Augustine Youth Services

SAYS

SAYS Programs               TRAILS Program
50 Saragossa Street           3921 Barbara Terrace
St. Augustine, FL 32084       St. Augustine, FL 32086

PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

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S.A.Y.S. BOARD PRESIDENT RECOGNIZED

Carl Simone, President of the SAYS Board of Directors, has been named “Trustee of the Year” by the Florida Children’s Coalition, The Founder of SAYS, and a member of the Board for over 20 years, Mr. Simone

was recognized for his dedication to the mission of caring for children in need, and for “creating a family of hundreds of children and staff; he is a generous, kind and caring ‘father’ to them all.”

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

In 1989, the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse had its early beginnings as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.

The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country.

St. Augustine Youth Services encourages everyone to wear a blue ribbon on their clothing, and/or display one on their cars, as a means of raising awareness about child abuse, and reminding everyone you see that protecting children from abuse is everyone’s job. Turning a blind eye to the signals, or shaking off suspicions because you don’t want to “make trouble” could result in serious physical and emotional injury, or ultimately death, of a child at the hands of an abuser.

SAYS has been chosen to be a recipient of funds raised from The Players Championship Birdies for Charity program. In the days and weeks leading up to the tournament, fans are invited to guess the total number of birdies that will be made during The Players, and select the charity they would like their pledges to benefit.  We are hoping friends of SAYS will pledge enough through the program to help us raise $3,000.00

Birdies for Charity annually leads up to The Players and allows the community to support local charities through tracking the exciting, high-level of play during the tournament, which will take place May 3-9, 2010.

In 2009, 1,502 birdies were made during the four-day event. Over $216,000 was raised last year through Birdies for Charity, part of the record $4.15 million generated by The Players.

In addition to supporting SAYS, the lucky person who guesses exactly how many birdies are made during the tournament’s competitive rounds will win an all-expense paid trip to The Barclays, the kickoff event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup in Paramus, NJ, in August.  The package includes roundtrip airfare for two, four nights’ accommodations, and VIP tickets for the tournament.

To make your pledge to Birdies for Charity, visit

www.pgatour.com/theplayers.  The online pledge form will be available at the site beginning in early April. Please specify that your pledge should be made to St. Augustine Youth Services. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Be a permanent part of SAYS’ “Path To A Brighter Future” by purchasing a personalized, laser-engraved brick, to be placed on the entrance walkway at our new campus. Personalized bricks are available for $100 each, and may include up to 3 lines of text, with up to 18 characters each. To order yours, call Renee or Lisa at SAYS at (904) 829-1770, or place your order online at www.staugustineyouthservices.com.

Winn-Dixie is partnering with the PGA Tour to bring the Nationwide Tour to Jacksonville, October 18-24, 2010.  The Nationwide Tour is the proving ground for the PGA Tour, with the 25 leading money winners at year end earning PGA Tour status for 2011. The Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open will be played at the TPC Sawgrass on the Dye Valley Course. Winn-Dixie is excited to bring another first-class golf tournament to the area, and to showcase the area to an international audience on The Golf Channel.  Additionally, the tournament will benefit local charities through the innovative PepsiCo Tickets Fore Charity Program, which means that Winn Dixie has provided St. Augustine Youth Services, and numerous other Jacksonville area charities, with the opportunity to sell tournament tickets and keep 100% of the proceeds.

Visit www.winn-dixiejacksonvilleopen.com, click on “Purchase Tickets,” and follow the link to the PepsiCo Tickets Fore Charity Page. Be sure to designate St. Augustine Youth Services as your charity of choice on the drop-down menu at the top of the page.  Or, you can order your tickets at SAYS’ website: www.staugustineyouthservices.com.

The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, has generously awarded the SAYS Program a grant of up to $50,000 towards the construction of its new group home campus.  The grant provides $25,000 directly to SAYS, and includes a “challenge grant” of up to an additional $25,000 in matching funds in support of SAYS ongoing fund-raising efforts.  The Jaguars Foundation will match all donations received by October 15, 2010, up to $25,000. There are a variety of ways to make contributions to St. Augustine Youth Services, including sponsoring a room at the new campus, purchasing a laser-engraved brick to be placed on the entrance walkway, or sponsoring one of SAYS’ numerous fund-raising events throughout the year, such as the annual Ride Against Child Abuse in April and the Coggin Automotive Golf Classic in October. Donations of any size are eligible for matching funds from the Jaguars Foundation grant, and “no contribution is too small to be needed and appreciated, “ according to SAYS Executive Director Schuyler Siefker. For further information about the SAYS Program, a tour of the current group home facility, or other suggestions about how to support the SAYS program, contact Schuyler Siefker at (904) 829-1770 or schuylers@sayskids.org.

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