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GARDEN 213 Jack Eckerd, Businessman, Philanthropist

Posted By Iliana M. Ulfe, Friday, April 25, 2014

NAME OF GARDEN: Garden #213
ADDRESS:
11761 SW 91st Terrace, Miami, FL 33186

DEDICATION ESSAY
I am dedicating this garden to Jack Eckerd, the “Important Floridian” that I was assigned, for various reasons. First and foremost, Jack Eckerd was extremely passionate about helping troubled and at-risk children, whether he was running for a Florida senate seat or shutting down casino gambling. Second, it is because of this passion that Mr. Eckerd not only founded, but also endowed, The Eckerd Family Foundation, which is also referred to as “Eckerd,” with $100 million. As just one example of the great work that “Eckerd” does, according to “Eckerd’s,” website, it publicly funds five offices that offer prevention services (Character Education; Substance Abuse Prevention; and Violence Prevention services) in Florida alone. These offices serve students who attend Coquina Elementary School; Endeavour Elementary School; Parrot Middle School; Inverness Middle School; Lecanto Middle School; and Powell Middle School. Furthermore, “Eckerd” also publicly funds three offices that offer community-based services and two offices that offer aftercare services – and, again, that’s only in Florida. “Eckerd” has facilities and offices in six other states – Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Vermont – as well. Third, Mr. Eckerd unfortunately passed away ten years ago. Fourth, according to Robert Trigaux, who wrote an online article posted to the Tampa Bay Times website on July 19th, 2010, “Eckerd” ran out of money in 2012. More importantly, the foundation plans to close its doors no later than this year (2014). In other words, this garden will hopefully become yet another part of Mr. Eckerd’s vast legacy.


Credit line (for photo)

Unknown. Candidate for governor of Florida, Jack Eckerd, giving two thumbs-up. 1970. General: Political collection, Florida. Florida Memory. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.


Sidenote:
Please be advised that not all of my photos of the planting process have been attached as additional thumbnails to this blog post (as I believe that my original post didn’t post, haha, due to the fact that I had attached too many additional images to it). If you would like to see the rest of the photos that I took while I was planting the garden, you may visit https://www.facebook.com/FLOR500Garden213JackEckerd (as is, including capitalization).

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