When you think about natives who have made an impact on the City of Jacksonville, the names Eartha and Clara White are indelible. For over 100 years, the Clara White Mission (CWM) has catered to the homeless population in Duval County.
CWMs main facility, veterans center and food bank, sit on the corner of Ashley and Broad streets in downtown Jacksonville. This year the nonprofit and its prime sponsor, Citi celebrated fourteen years hosting the “Pearls & Cufflinks” fundraiser. Citi, has a strong local presence in Jacksonville and is a global leader in credit cards, wealth management and commercial banking.
The Mission’s executive team says that support throughout the year from donors and volunteers enable the organization to continue with their many outreach efforts. From feeding and clothing the poor to helping veterans get back on their feet, CWM has consistently made a difference in those lives of some of Jacksonville’s most needy.
This year’s theme was “Egyptian Nights” and was held at WJCT studios. News Anchor Melanie Lawson and global strategist Odette Struys hosted the annual event fundraiser as hundreds of guest dressed up and enjoyed an evening of fun for a great cause.
Shown at the annual gala (l-r) is Kortney Wesley, Clara white Mission CEO JuCoby Pittman and Dihna Mason.