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$80,000 raised at golf tourney

The Stellar Foundation, the corporate giving division of Stellar, a construction, design, engineering andStellar PACE.small mechanical services firm, raised $80,000 during the 2010 Stellar Foundation Golf Classic held at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club on Oct. 1. Through its third annual charitable golf tournament, the Stellar Foundation made vital contributions to two Northeast Florida youth organizations: PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville and the Academy of Engineering at Allen D. Nease High School.

The golf tournament was attended by more than 140 players, including Stellar executives, vendors, and partners. Golf Classic participants were invited to test their luck at a poker tournament, sponsored by Stellar, held in their honor at The Poker Room at St. Johns Greyhound Park on Sept. 30.

“The Golf Classic is always one of our favorite charitable events as it demonstrates the generous level of support from our partners and vendors,” said Allison Korman, Stellar’s director of corporate marketing and public relations. “Monies raised at this year’s tournament will support programs that provide life-enriching opportunities for Northeast Florida youth.”

PACE Jacksonville — the Northeast Florida branch of PACE Center for Girls, Inc., a statewide non-residential delinquency prevention program serving at-risk girls ages 12 to 18 — received a new eight-passenger van donated by the Stellar Foundation. PACE’s successful model has been nationally recognized for helping girls find success in school, with their families and in their communities by integrating education, counseling, training and advocacy. From its headquarters in Jacksonville, PACE operates 17 centers throughout Florida and has served more than 21,000 girls since its creation in 1985.

“Our new vehicle will help us transport the young women enrolled in our Jacksonville program and provide a much-needed resource to better serve our girls,” said Lynn Bertram, executive director of PACE Jacksonville.

The Stellar Foundation additionally donated 12 desktop computers to the Academy of Engineering at Allen D. Nease High School through funds raised during the Golf Classic. The Academy of Engineering is an academic training program for high school students interested in entering the field of engineering. Students are immersed into an intensive curriculum and learn authentic “real world” knowledge and understanding of engineering through working firsthand on engineering projects that are currently in development around the world.

“We are grateful for this generous donation. The new computers are essential for our program to remain cutting-edge and the equipment enables our students to learn while using the latest engineering software programs,” explained Kyle Dresback, principal of Nease High School.

In addition to the donations made to PACE Jacksonville and the Academy of Engineering, the funds raised during the Golf Classic will be used by the Stellar Foundation to support other Northeast Florida nonprofit organizations throughout the year.

Pictured are Michael S. Santarone (Stellar’s chief operating officer), Lynn Bertram (executive director of PACE Jacksonville), Ronald H. Foster, Jr. (Stellar’s president and CEO) and Ernest A. Veale (Stellar’s senior vice president of sales).

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