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3rd Annual Jazz on The Bridge

Headliner Pamela Williams, with special guest Jazz artists Tom Brown, Althea Rene, and George Freeman. Featured opening act: The Katz Downstairz

Infusing jazz, romance and fun, this live concert gala is the premier annual fundraising event benefiting the children and families of The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc. Guests will be treated to a large selection of hors d’ oeuvres and canapés, unlimited beer and wine featuring a top shelf signature cocktail, a silent auction, great entertainment, and much more.  This celebration will impress even the most discerning party goer and should not be missed.  For tickets please click the banner above. 


The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc. and
Bridge Connection One program are now enrolling youth ages 9-14 years old who are on the free lunch program and live in zip codes 32206, 32208, 32209 and 32218.  Bridge Connection One offers youth many forms of support to improve self-esteem and decision making skills. These services include: pregnancy prevention and sexuality education; individual and group counseling, school monitoring and advocacy, parent education classes, as well as, health services such as medical, dental and eye exams, which are handled through referrals.

Youth Development Specialists refer families to services to help improve relationships and ensure productive use of children’s out-of-school time. The specialists monitor child/parent activities through frequent home and school visits. 

There is no fee to participate in the Bridge Connection One program

To enroll in Bridge Connection One or if you have questions regarding this program, please contact Cynthia Gibson, Program Manager, at (904) 354-7799 ext. 128 or 904-238-4615. 

The Bridge Connection One Measure of Success:

  • 100% of BC1 teens avoided pregnancy 
  • 100% of program participants are referred to The Bridge for academic, social or medical services 
  • 90% of BC1 youth improve in core academic subjects 
  • 90% of BC1 youth were promoted to the next grade 

2nd Annual Jazz on The Bridge

Jazz on The BridgeOn February 14, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, “Jazzed” things up at the Jacksonville Public Library downtown. In partnership with Jazz on The Bridge Title Sponsor ACOSTA Sales & Marketing, The Bridge presented its 2nd Annual Jazz on The Bridge event fundraiser led by hosts Adrian "A-Train" Smith and Melanie Lawson.

The event featured sounds from the brilliant jazz violinist Miles Jaye, Billboard ranked musician Marcus Johnson, and the First Lady of Def Jam Records, Alyson Williams. Special performances also included The Bridge “House of Dance."  

The Bridge would like to thank and recognize ACOSTA Sales & Marketing, Venue Sponsors - Michael & Kim Ward Foundation, Gary & Nancy Chartrand; Jazz Quintet Sponsors- Brian & Andree King, CSX Corporation; Jazz Combo Sponsors- EverBank, Smoak Davis & Nixon, EVINE Live, Holland & Knight, and Walmart; Jazz Solo Sponsors- BRUMOS Automotive, Haskell, Dr. Gasper & Irene Lazzara, Baptist Health, Audi Jacksonville, Sam’s Club and RE/MAX.

Holland & Knight 9/11 Day of Service

For the fourth consecutive year, Holland & Knight participated in the nationwide 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a service initiative created in part by Jay Winuk, brother of Glenn Winuk, a Holland & Knight partner and volunteer EMT who, on 9/11, exited the firm's New York office and lost his life while rescuing others during the collapse of the World Trade Center.

More than 100 volunteers assisted The Bridge of Northeast Florida with a number of painting, landscaping, and maintenance projects in the classrooms and playground areas of our Springfield location.

The Bridge would like to humbly thank the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight and the participating partners for their outward recognition of our Bridge services and for extending honor, beauty and the spirit of blessing others on our children and campus.

Media Coverage:

WJXT Channel 4            WJAX-TV CBS 47           Florida-Times Union

The Bridge of Northeast Florida Announces New CEO

The Bridge of Northeast Florida Board of Directors announced the promotion of Shariffa A. Spicer as its new chief executive officer. Spicer recently celebrated her one year anniversary with The Bridge as vice president of external affairs. This promotion leads Spicer to become the second CEO in the organization’s 32-year history. 

Prior to joining The Bridge, Spicer held a leadership role serving as executive director at The Guardian Catholic Schools and mental health administrator at the Dekalb County Community Service Board in Atlanta, Ga.  With a comprehensive background in child advocacy and community relations, Spicer holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Tuskegee University and a master’s of degree in alternative dispute resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort. Lauderdale, Fla. 

“I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the non-profit sector,” said Spicer. “I welcome this opportunity to, together, further serve Jacksonville and continue to promote sustainable programs and traditions that we all have come to respect about The Bridge. With the support of the Board, donors and funders, we can continue to build and strengthen The Bridge following in the footsteps of long-time CEO and Founder, Dr. Davy Parrish,” said Spicer.

Bank of America Awards The Bridge $10,000

The Bridge of Northeast Florida would like to thank Bank of America for its support of our BridgeWorks Plus program.
Recently, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded The Bridge a $10,000 Workforce Development & Education Grant to help fund our mission to provide students with academic assistance; a job skills curriculum that provides training in work ethics, job searching, resume writing and interviewing as well as "real work" experiences. The grant we received is part of ongoing investments by Bank of America to help connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to employment and education opportunities.