Delores Barr Weaver recently announced a remarkable gift to the Jacksonville Historical Society and 19 other area organizations. Beginning in 2015, the society along with the other non-profit groups will receive an annual $10,000 grant in perpetuity. For the Historical Society, the grant punctuates two decades of generous support by Mrs. Weaver.
The innovative grant for the 20 hand-selected organizations is known as the “Endowed $10,000 Event Grant Fund est. 2015 by Delores Barr Weaver,” and is administered by the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The Weaver grant will fund the society’s annual Gingerbread Extravaganza.
“Mrs. Weaver’s grant and her confidence in our mission hold incalculable meaning,” said society Executive Director Emily Lisska. “Her support of the Historical Society already spans decades and now is slated to cross centuries.”
The Gingerbread Extravaganza involves broad spectrums of the North Florida community. From little children to aging adults and extended families, diverse individuals and groups join together in the annual fundraiser. Thousands of children and adults enjoy creating and discovering local history, highly inventive art, and the warm spirit of a caring community—truly one of the city’s “feel good” events—while providing a vital funding source for the society’s critical mission.
“Mrs. Weaver’s grant emphasizes the importance of supporting local history and the rich cultural rewards for a community that funds these activities. It is hoped the grant will inspire others to support the Historical Society,” said Lisska. “It’s imperative in order to preserve our rich heritage.”