The Jacksonville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presented a check to the Shawn D. Delifus Foundation this past weekend at the Third Annual Shawn D. Delifus Memorial Birthday Celebration held at the Legends Center. The generous grant will provide swimming lessons and Water Safety instruction to 20 children this summer at the Johnson Family YMCA. Created in memory of Shawn D. Delifus, a Jacksonville native and graduate of William M. Raines High School, UNF graduate and an ASCA Level 4 certified elite swimming coach, the foundation is dedicated to serving the residents of the community by helping children to learn a lifesaving skill through “education, nutrition and the sport of swimming while elevating children and families”.
Following tributes to honoree Dr. Irvin “Pedro” Cohen, the Executive Director of the Johnson Family YMCA and Vice President of Social Responsibility, The Jacksonville Chapter of the Links Incorporated was among several organizations presented with a Community Service Award in recognition for their support of the foundation and their exceptional service. In addition, former Senator Tony Hill, who provided motivational words of wisdom to the young people in attendance, stressed the importance of teens spending time with “OQP – Only Quality People” and he commended the Jacksonville Chapter of the Links’ commitment to the community by emphasizing that “Service is what we do”.
The Jacksonville (FL) Chapter of the Links, Inc. is an affiliate of The Links, Inc., an international, not-for-profit organization established in 1946. Founded on the principles of friendship and service, The Links, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier volunteer service organizations of concerned, committed, and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in the larger community with over 15,000 professional women of color, 288 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. The membership is comprised of leaders and trailblazers in the fields of medicine, law, science & technology, education, business, and entrepreneurship. The Jacksonville Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1966 – and is currently celebrating their “53rd year of Friendship and Service” in 2019.
Shown (l-r) is Tony Hill, Jacksonville Chapter of the Links President Terri Stepter, foundation head Joyce Delifus and chapter member Marti Forchion at the check presentation.