NCMA Jacksonville Chapter to Host 40th Anniversary Gala

 Hosts Lisa Haggerty and John Prather will lead the event celebrating 40 years of service to the community by NCMA Jacksonville. The evening will include dinner, music, dancing, silent auction, and award presentations.

Tickets are $100 per ticket for NCMA members and Government Employees, $125 per ticket for non-NCMA members.

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available for this event. Please visit the event webpage for more details.

For opportunities to contribute specific silent auction items, please contact Wanda Wallace at

See for details and ticket sales.


NCMA Jacksonville has been “The Face of NCMA” in Northeast Florida and

Southeast Georgia since 1982. Our chapter area covers a 150-mile radius from Jacksonville, north, to Savannah, GA, west, to Tallahassee, FL, and south, to St. Augustine, FL. Members include federal and state contract managers, commercial contract managers, vendors, and suppliers, as well as contractors, consultants, attorneys, educators, and retirees. More than 25% of our membership live outside the normal area including India, Japan, Okinawa, and at least 20 states, however, virtual webinars allow them to participate in our educational events.

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Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Moving to New Downtown Headquarters

The local children’s chorus will call the brand-new VyStar downtown parking garage home.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.July 26, 2022PRLog — A sweet sound is returning to downtown Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus (JCC) will move its headquarters to VyStar Credit Union’s soon-to-be-completed Forsyth Street Parking Garage, bringing a growing program that serves hundreds of diverse Northeast Florida youth and families to the city’s core.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Chorus to have a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for children and choral music. This could not have been possible without the tremendous support from VyStar and our generous donors,” said President & Artistic Director of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Darren Dailey, who has led the Chorus to award-winning performances on international stages since 2006.

In 2020, JCC moved from its home in downtown Jacksonville to a shared space with The Florida Ballet in Arlington. After a thorough search, the JCC is proving you can go home again — thanks to the generosity and shared vision of VyStar. The new facility will feature multiple rehearsal spaces and a safe, central location in the heart of the city. The JCC has signed a long-term lease that will enable it to offer new performances aligned with catalyzing the arts and downtown Jacksonville engagement for Northeast Florida families.

“We are excited to welcome the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus to this space and look forward to the additional energy and creativity they will bring downtown,” said VyStar President/CEO Brian Wolfburg. “When we started this project, one of the goals was to contribute to the ongoing revitalization in the area, but the added bonus of children being able to benefit from this new facility is really a dream come true.”

The Chorus is expected to begin operating in its new, nearly 6,000-square-foot location by the end of 2022. VyStar and its construction partners will complete the buildout of the structure with a floor plan designed to support retail space and unique initiatives such as choral activities.

“VyStar’s investment and support for the Chorus’ programs exemplifies its leadership’s vision and understanding that support for artistic and cultural organizations such as the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus fills a crucial role for all families in Northeast Florida,” Chair of the JCC Board of Directors and Real Estate Committee, David DeCamp said. “I am confident that this space will be the perfect long-term home for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, especially at the heart of the city, to be a vibrant part of Jacksonville’s efforts to elevate downtown and the arts.”

The partnership between the JCC and VyStar aligns with the credit union’s commitment to being a strong community leader that gives back to the places it calls home, while also being a trusted financial institution. VyStar’s philanthropic involvement in the arts also includes sponsorships of the Jacksonville Arts & Music School, Jacksonville Symphony, FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville, and more.

“Much of the growth we are experiencing downtown is due to impactful institutions like VyStar Credit Union and the numerous projects they are embarking on to create a better sense of community,” said CEO of Downtown Vision, Inc. Jake Gordon. “I am proud to see these two local organizations come together in a creative way to make a positive impact. The talented students who are part of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus will enrich our entire community, and I cannot wait to hear their wonderful voices ringing through the heart of our city.”

To learn more about how you can support the new home of the world-class Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, visit Information on opportunities for youth to experience and learn about singing is also available.

Jacksonville, FL Author Publishes Romance Novel

Wings of the Monarch, a new book by Etana Jane, has been released by RoseDog Books.

As a child, she watched a monarch butterfly fight its way out of its cocoon. She watched as the tiny creature stumbled around, clinging to a branch as its crumpled, wet wings dried. She sat in awe as the monarch spread its beautiful wings and, for the first time, took flight.

Abigail is a traveling nurse dedicated to her job and rarely staying in any one place. That all changes when she transfers to a hospital in Clearwater, Florida. There she finds a true friend and lover in a beautiful fellow nurse who introduces her to the world of BDSM. Meanwhile, Abigail has no idea that at her last position across the country, she had become the Holy Grail for a Dominant who will stop at nothing to claim Abigail as her own.

Abigail finds herself in a whole new world full of secret fantasies and forbidden desires. As she learns the intimacies of BDSM, she finds hidden parts of herself she didn’t even know existed. Will Abigail stay the stumbling butterfly with wet wings clinging to the tree, or will she find the courage to spread her wings and fly?

Wings of the Monarch is a 248-page paperback with a retail price of $18.00 (eBook $13.00). The ISBN is 978-1-64957-951-5. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at

Jacksonville Company Grants New Roofs to Local Teachers in Its Annual Program

 Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters (Reliant) is kicking off their fifth annual Every Shingle Heart Initiative. This program started in 2017 as a way for them to give back to the community by providing people in need with new roofs.

Reliant, a family-owned company that opened in 2015, is partnering with the roofing manufacturer, GAF, to give away 3 free roofs to local teachers. “As we all know, the 2020 to 2021 school year had many challenges for teachers around the entire United States,” said Cameron Shouppe, President of Reliant. “We are beyond proud of their work ethic and determination to continue quality education, even in difficult circumstances, for all of our children. Teachers do so much and they need to know that they are appreciated.”

The roofs will include all labor and materials and will come with a GAF 25 year warranty, along with a lifetime workmanship warranty, provided by Reliant. “This roof will have the best materials on the market, completed by the area’s highest-rated roofing contractor. These educators deserve the very best roofing system we can provide. As a local company that cares immensely for the citizens in and around Northeast Florida, we want to give back to those who truly need it,” said Sean Shapiro, CEO at Reliant. “My wife has been an elementary school teacher for many years, so I know firsthand that teachers are some of the most hardworking and selfless individuals in our community.”

To nominate someone you can visit Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters’ website,, and fill out the nomination form. Anyone can participate by nominating any local teacher in need of a new roof. The company will begin taking nominations on Monday, July 26, and will be accepting them until August 31. The recipient chosen will be announced in mid-September.

About Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters

Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been family owned and operated since 2015. Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters provides services in several counties in and around Northeast Florida, including; Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, St Johns, and Flagler.

For more information email Adrienne Menzies, Director of Public Relations, at or call 904.635.2757.

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Adrienne Menzies


8000 Belfort Parkway Suite 200

Jacksonville, FL 32256



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Jacksonville, FL Author Publishes Novel

The Ugly Princess, a new book by Summer-Rae Blantz, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

The Ugly Princess introduces us to Katsu, a Japanese princess who has been controlled by her father her entire life. He intends to keep her safe-but she has other plans.

Leaving after he has an arranged marriage set for her, she goes on a journey to prove the man she is set to marry is not right for her. The only question left is: Will she defeat him?

About the Author
Summer-Rae Blantz has always lived in Florida, growing up on southern hospitality and God’s word. Living with four siblings and both of her parents, she felt like she had a great life, then realized the only thing that could make it better was making stories. She would tell her younger siblings stories and even children at church. Always having a big imagination, Summer-Rae decided to put that into words, so she began her writing journey.

The Ugly Princess is a 64-page paperback with a retail price of $10.00 (eBook $5.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6495-7204-2. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at