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$mart Women Make Change!

Smart Women Make Change
$mart Women Make Change!
The 11th Annual $mart Women Make Change! took place Monday, November 4, 2019. View photos here. Thank you to our sponsors and those who attended in support of Junior Achievement! Stay tuned for next year's event.
The annual $mart Women Make Change! is Junior Achievement's signature event to benefit the JA Girl$ program. JA Girl$ has educated more than 19,000 girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship since 2006.
This annual event brings together those in the community whose unwavering support impacts what JA Girl$ and Junior Achievement are able to accomplish now and into the future.


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Become a Sponsor!

100% of funds benefit the JA Girl$ program and fully fund the program for the year.

Email Tiffany Mackey Guthrie or call (904) 398-9944 x230 to get more information on how to sponsor $mart Women Make Change!. Click the button below to view sponsorship levels and register. Individual tickets are available.





Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

$10,000 Journey

Fidelity Investments          Voya


$5,000 Inspire

Citi          Florida Blue          THE PLAYERS          Wells Fargo


$2,500 Engage

Ameris Bank         Baptist Health       DTCC                    


Firehouse Subs          LISA O'NEILL         Pivot CPAs            

Suddath     SunTrust        TIAA Bank


$1,500 Empower

Ally Financial         Bank of America          BB&T         Ernst and Young           Florida Rock & Tank Lines Inc.


Merrill a Bank of America Company          Nelson Mullins          PNC Bank          Regions Bank        


Stein Mart          TD Bank  


Audio / Visual

Sight & Sound Productions       Mugwump Productions





Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund

$mart Women Make Change! is supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, est. 2015.

About the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund:

delores Barr Weaver Forever Event
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund in 2015 to provide a $10,000 grant annually to support a premiere fundraising event in perpetuity at 20 local nonprofit organizations. This grant will provide a permanent source of income for organizations that Mrs. Weaver has generously supported for many years. It is her hope that other individuals will make similar permanent gifts to organizations that have been important to them. This Fund is one of a collection of Funds established by Delores Barr Weaver at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation's history.

JA Girl$

ja girls
JA Girl$ is a Junior Achievement initiative to educate girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Join in helping girls discover a lifetime of opportunities.
Affirm and praise girls to build their self-confidence.
Guide girls to explore and understand the power of their choices.
Inspire girls to open their minds to new possibilities.
Role model to girls the qualities and attributes you value.
Listen to and honor what girls have to say.
$upport girls by creating safe spaces for her to take risks.


About Mary Baer -- 5, 6 & 10 p.m. anchor, News4Jax

Mary Baer is proud to call Jacksonville home after 24 years.
Mary came to Jacksonville in 1992, after working as a news anchor and reporter in Columbus, Ohio. She started her television career as an anchor and reporter at KTVL in her hometown of Medford, Oregon. Mary is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism.
As co-anchor of News4Jax at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. with Tom Wills each weeknight, she is active in news gathering, handling interviews, representing the news station in the community and emceeing a number of charitable events in the Jacksonville area. Among them:
  • The National MS Society
  • The March of Dimes
  • L'Arche Harbor House
  • Board of Directors of Hope Therapy, a therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled
  • And The St. Vincent's Healthcare Foundation Mary Awards
Mary has received recognition from the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, for her series of reports on a colleague who battled Leukemia and finally lost the fight.
She was a 2012 Suncoast Emmy Nominee -- Human Interest News, for her organ donation report "The Story of Andrew and Savannah."
She's received awards from the American Heart Association for her series of reports on heart disease and stroke, and has also been recognized for her support and coverage of the disabled in the Jacksonville area.
Other awards include:
  • 2000 Honoree Celebration of Leadership, Community Connections
  • 2001 MS Society North Florida Chapter Media Professional of the Year
  • 2001-2002 Transplant Recipients International Outstanding Transplant Media Support
  • 2001 Brooks Health System Celebrate Independence, Chairman's Award-Media Division

When she's not at work, Mary enjoys traveling with her husband Marty Fiorentino, spending time with their four grown children, playing with their grandson, riding horses and spending time outdoors.

She and Marty live in St. Johns County, with a menagerie that includes four cats, a rabbit, a goose, a hen, four horses, a miniature horse and a donkey.

About Wicked Barley Brewing Company

"Naughty Ales for Noble Souls"
Located on the banks of Goodby's Creek, Wicked Barley Brewing Company is Jacksonville's newest waterfront craft brewery. Since they opened their doors in July of 2016, Wicked Barley has quickly become a premier destination for locals and out of town guests alike. The waterfront property features a large outdoor (dog friendly) Beer Garden, Kayak Launch as well as a 100' boat dock. That's right- the brewery is accessible by boat! The taproom provides ample seating and a relaxing vibe as well as 20 taps with delicious house brewed beers, ciders and meads. Voted Best Brew Pub in the state of Florida by Best Florida Beer in 2017, Wicked Barley continues to be an awarding winning brewery and is known for their unique, boundary pushing beer styles. In addition to the expansive tap list, the brewpub also features a full gastropub style kitchen. The from scratch menu includes delicious burgers, salads, sandwiches, a kids menu and don't forget about their famous "Left Leg Lager Cheese Curds"- YUM! Whether you are a newcomer or a craft beer connoisseur- there is a little something for everyone at Wicked Barley.
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