Local Rotary Clubs and renowned philanthropic organizations donate to Epic-Cure in St. Johns County
By: Rotary Club of St. Augustine
According to Gachet, Epic-Cure's initial plans to purchase a van became a reality with a box truck instead, as initiated from a Facebook fundraising post launched by Ferguson. "Since we were in the middle of a pandemic, I started researching the nonprofit organization and decided to make a small donation. Through a conversation with Alexius about supporting Epic-Cure, we met with Sunny Mulford, the nonprofit's Executive Director," said Gachet. "During our initial meeting, Sunny mentioned the need for a box truck, however with the pandemic, she felt a van was more realistic as an affordable expense. However, I dream big and decided it was worthy of a Rotary Club project to fundraise for a truck and not a van."
During this time, Gachet was aware of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Delores Barr Weaver Fund's interest in partnering with Rotary International to support nonprofits in need during the pandemic.
Gachet secured assistance from Rotary Club of St. Augustine, Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach, and Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise. The Sunrise club was already working with Epic-Cure in support of food deliveries throughout Putnam county. The Rotary Clubs donated $27,000 and the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida contributed an additional $34,000 to complete the truck purchase and operating costs.
Additionally, matching contributions brought the truck to reality through the combined efforts of the local Rotary Clubs, Rotary International District 6970, and the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
The check for purchasing the truck was presented on November 2 to Mulford by Gachet, along with Julie McClain, President of the Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise, and Jodi Kotrady-Hatin, Rotary Area Governor of District 6970. The truck was delivered to Epic-Cure on November 6 and is currently being wrapped with nonprofit program branding for food deliveries to individuals and families in the most rural corners of the northeast Florida region. For more information visit Epic-Cure (https://www.epic-