Darcia Jones-Francey Indefatigable Supporter For Countless Good Causes
By Maria Sonnenberg // June 11, 2016
2015 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN
ABOVE VIDEO: Volunteering is not just a vocation, but rather a ministry for Darcia Jones-Francey, who is supremely proud of the Space Coast and its people.
If you appreciate the breadth of cultural opportunities on the Space Coast and the scope of its many charitable organizations, you can in part thank Darcia Jones-Francey for their existence.
Since she was in her 20s and the late Doc Strawbridge recruited her to energize the Community Foundation, Jones-Francey has been an indefatigable supporter for countless good causes, raising millions of dollars for them along the way.
Volunteering is not just a vocation, but rather a ministry for this Eau Gallie native who is supremely proud of the Space Coast and its people.
Got some time? You’ll need it to go down the list of organizations Jones-Francey has helped.
In alphabetical order, there is ArtWorks, Brevard Community College Foundation, Brevard Humane Society, Brevard Regional Arts Group, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Cancer Care Center, Circles of Care, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Community Foundation of Brevard, Florida Tech, Health First Foundation, the King Center, Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Melbourne Civic Theatre, Prevent! of Brevard, Project Hunger, Sally’s House, U.S. Space Walk of Fame and the Women’s Center.
She is also currently working with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey in the Dancing for the Space Coast event.
“I think I’ve worked in just about every organization here,” said Jones-Francey.
While she is a “most wanted” person for any board of directors, her reach goes well beyond the boardroom. When she stands behind a cause, this worker bee supports it body, soul and pocketbook. Jones-Francey has been known to wash dishes to assure the success of a fundraising event.
THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU RECEIVE
Brevard’s go-to woman for getting the nonprofit job done has plenty of fans among community leaders such as Rita Moreno and Pam Gatto.
Jones-Francey is considered one of the most powerful women in Brevard and has achieved that rank not through the corporate route, but strictly through charitable endeavors.
The only child of well-to-do parents whose roots trace back to the Eau Gallie of the 1880s, Jones-Francey grew up in privilege, but with a thorough understanding that charity was part of the package.
“My mother and father were extremely generous,” said Jones-Francey, who still resides in her beloved Eau Gallie with her husband, John.
“I was always told that the more you gave, the more you will receive.”
Her philosophy of life is simple.
“Everyone should give their time, talent and resources to the community,” she said.
ABOUT THE 2015 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS
Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure
The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarians include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created six years ago by Maverick Multimedia, publisher of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily, to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.
All 2015 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2015 edition of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
The first Gala was held in 2010 and is produced by Brevard Productions.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
• Brevard Family Partnership
• Brevard Neighborhood Coalition
• Brevard Special Olympics – Debbie Spence
• Lila Buescher
• Canine Companions for Independence
• Childrens Hunger Project
• Circles of Care
• Ginger Davis
• Cove Merchants Association
• Dr. Brian Dowdell
• Early Learning Coalition of Brevard
• Betsy Farmer
• Darcia Jones-Francey
• Harris Corp. Foundation
• Malak Hammad
• John & Cynthia Handley
• John Harper
• Mike & Stephanie Haridopolos
• Sheriff Wayne Ivey
• Robert Jordan
• Dr. John Lovejoy Jr. & Dr. John Lovejoy III
• Victor Luebker
• Rita Pritchett
• David Schmitt
• Oscar & Turney Sieveking
• The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Dr. Anthony Catanese.
HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM
As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.
“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Maverick Multimedia Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
“For the sixth consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 42 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily.
JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING
This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by M.H. Williams Construction, Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, Brighthouse Networks, Wuesthoff Health System, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Pain Institute, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.
“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Maverick Multimedia and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.
“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 5 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Maverick Multimedia President & Publisher Tom Palermo.
“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”
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ABOVE MAP: The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.