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The Players Championship surprises local nonprofit

Angelwood receives grant for life-saving equipment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Players Championship surprised a local nonprofit with a grant that will help hundreds of families.

Angelwood's Career Development Center in the Greenland area is a nonprofit organization that serves families with members who have developmental disabilities. Wednesday, they were visited by the Red Coats, volunteers of The Players Championship, who surprised the organization with a grant.

"They're really putting our gift to work in a direct and meaningful way," Kevin English, 2017 Chairman of The Players Championship said. 

During Hurricane Matthew, Angelwood lost power at one of its group homes for a week. Some of the grant money will be used to purchase a generator so the staff can provide the best care for their residents 24/7.

"There are a lot of medical needs that people have that live with us," said Diane Tittle, executive director at Angelwood. "Having air conditioning, having lights, is really important."

Hurricane-induced power outages left nearly a dozen residents dead at a south Florida nursing home last month. New mandates require facilities like this one to have a backup power source. The Players Championship stepped in with a grant to help fund a new generator, but they also received a gift of their own, a private concert from The Bells of Angelwood.

"When I see their faces, when I see them being productive and doing things that are meaningful, to me that says they appreciate it because they are able to do so much, we just have to give them the opportunity to do it," Tuttle said.

Angelwood still needs two more generators to cover all six of their other homes in the area.