2017 Dorion-Burt Heart of Gold Honoree
(Pictured Above: Delores Barr Weaver. Philanthropist & Managing Partner. John Gorrie Investment Group.)
Delores Barr Weaver, a native of Columbus, Georgia, is a woman possessed by the opportunity to make a difference in her adopted hometown of Jacksonville. An original co-owner of the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, she led the Jaguars Foundation, and together with all Jaguars’ partners, granted more than $15 million from the Foundation’s inception in 1994 until the team was sold in 2012.
Delores Barr Weaver’s charitable focus crosses many dimensions. She is passionate about helping young people, and invests substantially in initiatives that support their success, such as quality education, behavioral health and prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. She supports young girls and women on every level, from her founding grant to establish the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, to co-founding the Women’s Giving Alliance, to her staunch backing of local shelters for victims of domestic violence. She is especially sensitive to the plight of the fragile elderly, and established the Senior to Senior Fund at The Community Foundation to provide short term, emergency financial assistance to those elders in need. Recently, she’s expanded her focus to military veterans, mental health awareness, gun violence, and rape and sexual assault in the military.
Currently, she spends her time on philanthropic interests along with her developer responsibilities at The John Gorrie a condominium. She led the renovation, restoration and transformation of the historic Riverside 1923 John Gorrie Junior High School to 68 condominiums. As always, she believes the best is yet to come for all things good!
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