AEC Mentor Program raises $31,273 at Jacksonville Sporting Clay Fundraiser

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W.W. Gay; 2nd place team; Scott Houser, Dwayne Palmer, Donny Fraser, Keith Griffin

The non-profit ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida (ACE) says it raised $31,273 at its inaugural Sporting Clay Fundraiser on Sept. 23 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports.

The proceeds will be applied to the organization’s 2021-2022 programming efforts.

“As we emerge through this pandemic, the ongoing support for students across Northeast Florida continues to be at the forefront”, ACE affiliate director Nicole Eubanks said in a Sept. 30 statement. “Thanks to the support and sponsorship from local organizations and individuals, we were able to hold an event and continue to support our mission to engage, excite and inspire high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industry.”

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Spectra Contract Flooring; 1st place team; Christian Mango, Daniel Doran, Tyler Koch, Try Coggins

As the construction industry’s significant workforce labor shortage continues to grow, the demand for mentor program has never been more crucial, ACE says.

The after-school program is open to high school students who have the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction. Students meet at various locations in Northeast Florida to design, schedule and estimate a ‘real-world’ project with the help of practicing industry professionals. More than 15 volunteers helped coordinate the event.

Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year which runs December through April.

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Nicole Eubanks, ACE NEFL Affiliate Director and Raffle Winner – Bernice Scheele, Baptist Health

Sponsors included:

  • Silver level: Spectra Contract Flooring and W.W. Gay
  • Bronze level: Building Envelop Consulting Group, DPR Construction, and Miller Electri
  • Lunch: Legacy Engineering and McVeigh & Mangum
  • Shooting station sponsors: ADS StormTech, Auld and White, Building Envelop Consulting Group, Capital City Bank Foundation, DPR Construction, ETM, Fast Signs, GBA, Hunton Brady, Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc., Meadows & Ohly, Miller Electric, Reads Moving Systems, Smith Brothers, Spectra Contract Flooring, TLC-Engineering and W.W. Gay.

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