JACKSONVILLE, FL – Jim and Tabitha Furyk originally launched the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation as a way to give back to the greater Jacksonville community that they have called home for more than 20 years.
Constellation, a national energy and energy solutions provider, is leading the way with a direct donation of $500,000 through the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation as part of the inaugural Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS tournament presented by Circle K. Constellation’s funding will support five deserving North Florida charities: the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, First Tee – North Florida, Blessings in a Backpack, Habitat for Humanity and St. Johns River Keeper.
“Giving back to our communities in a significant way is a core value shared by both Constellation and the Furyks, and that’s a big reason why our relationship has grown to what it is today,” said Mark Huston, president of Constellation’s National Retail Energy Business. “From focusing on STEM learning and environmental sustainability to providing key resources and meaningful experiences for individuals and families in underserved communities, each of these organizations delivers a unique and tangible impact that we are proud to support.”
“Each of these five organizations plays a vital role in our community. When you spend time and interact with those who directly benefit from the work of the charities, it makes us even more thankful for Constellation’s generous commitment and philanthropic leadership and what it means for our city,” said Jim Furyk. “We recently visited the new STEM/robotics lab at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center, and it was so meaningful to hear from so many impressive young people about their projects and how the Youth Center is making an impact in their lives.”
“We created our Foundation to support local charities through project specific funding and now we have an opportunity to serve more people and fund more projects,” said Tabitha Furyk. “We know the Jacksonville community is ready to help us make an impact by attending the golf tournament and the concert, which in turn will help support these great charities. While we are highlighting these organizations, there are many more that will benefit from the funds generated by the Constellation FURYK and FRIENDS presented by Circle K.”
Organizations that will receive support from this donation through the Foundation include:
St. Johns Riverkeeper – The vision of St. Johns Riverkeeper is to ensure a clean and healthy river for current and future generations. This local organization has an environmental sustainability mission with a direct impact on the river that will surround the tournament, which closely aligns with Constellation’s commitment to environmental education, sustainability, and conservation of natural resources.
First Tee – North Florida – The mission statement of First Tee – North Florida is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. For more than 10 years, Jim Furyk has been an Ambassador and Honorary Board Member to First Tee – North Florida. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation supports this organization by providing financial assistance, supplies, and advocacy of their programs.
Blessings in a Backpack – Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack strives to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has worked closely with Blessings in a Backpack for over 10 years, supplying meals each Friday for many students over the school year. Over 75,000 meals a year have been provided to students in Duval and St. John’s county schools through the First Coast Blessings in a Backpack program. The foundation has adopted schools in Duval County and provides funding for the children to receive meals every weekend.
MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation – What started as a way for pro-tennis player MaliVai Washington (Wimbledon Finalist 1996) to introduce urban youth to a sport he loved, quickly blossomed into a comprehensive after school youth development program. Today, the Foundation provides daily homework assistance, life skills and tennis instruction to Jacksonville’s low-income youth. The mission of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has supported the foundation’s efforts over the past 15 years by providing financial assistance, educational supplies and food/beverages for the holidays and specialty parties for this wonderful program. The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation has an existing sponsorship of the STEM/robotics lab at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center.
Habitat for Humanity – Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter, HabiJax is one of the largest non-profit affordable housing builders in Duval County and is considered to be one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to over 2,300 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing and fair housing policies and provides workshops and other training to help families improve their housing conditions. The Furyk Foundation sponsored the building of an ADA-compliant house for a single mother and her child through Habitat for Humanity.
Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and clean energy solutions for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation’s family of retail businesses serves approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including three-fourths of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2020 revenues of approximately $33 billion, and more than 30,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more at constellation.com or on Twitter at @ConstellationEG.
About Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K – The event will feature an 81-player field competing for a $2 million purse. The no-cut event will include Pro-Ams on Monday, October 4, Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 7, followed by three rounds of tournament play October 8-10. All three rounds of the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K will be broadcast live on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable provider of PGA TOUR Champions. More information on the event can be found online at www.ConstellationFurykAndFriends.com.
ABOUT THE JIM & TABITHA FURYK FOUNDATION
The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation was created in 2010 to help children and families in need. This Jacksonville based non-profit, partners with charities across North Florida to provide project specific funding and essential programing. The annual Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K was created to bring the community together to increase awareness and funding for programs that support education, healthcare, nutrition and safety for at risk children and families. These programs include: Hope for the Holidays, which packs over 4,000 holiday meal bags for at risk families; Operation Shower, which provides car seats, strollers and baby essentials to active military families; Blessings in a Backpack, which feeds thousands of food insecure children each week of the school year and Childcare specialists and services, which provides medical care through Wolfson’s and Community PedsCare. The Jim & Tabitha /Furyk Foundation is dedicated to bringing our community together to improve the lives of the children and families who live on the First Coast through all these programs and many more.