Champions of the Heart 2014
Thursday, February 27
San Jose Country Club
7529 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32217
All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit programs for children and youth living with epilepsy and seizure disorders, especially our summer camp program.
Last year, EFOF sent over 120 children to Camp Boggy Creek, a year-round camp serving seriously ill children throughout Florida. The camp maintains a full medical staff that is prepared to deal with any issue that may arise.
There is no charge to attend Camp Boggy Creek, so it is the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations like EFOF that give every child the opportunity to attend.
Meet our Champions of the Heart
Aaron Bean currently works for UF Health Jacksonville (formally Shands Jacksonville) as the Relationship Development Officer. He is also the co-owner of 8 Flags Insurance Company, and he owns and operates Putt-Putt of Fernandina Beach with his wife Abby.
Aaron was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012 where he serves as Chairman of the Health Policy Committee. He also serves on the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Appropriations, Health & Human Services Appropriations, Education Appropriations, Commerce & Tourism, Governmental Oversight & Accountability, and Communications, Energy, & Public Utilities Committee.
Prior to his election to the Florida Senate, he served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, including a term as elected Chairman of the Duval County Legislative Delegation in 2008. During his tenure in the Florida House, Aaron received numerous awards and recognitions for his effective, conservative leadership and additionally was trusted by then-House Speaker Marco Rubio to serve as the Chairman of the House Health Care Council, which handled all health care policy in addition to the appropriations of about one-third of the state budget.
Prior to being elected to the Florida House in 2000, Aaron served as a Commissioner and Mayor of Fernandina Beach. Aaron’s extensive record of public service includes serving on the First Coast YMCA Board of Directors, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and the United Way.
Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville University, and was the City President of Compass Bank for 10 years (1998-2008). Aaron and his wife, Abby, have been married for 21 years and reside in Fernandina Beach, Florida with their three sons Bradley, Gray, and Walker. They attend Memorial United Methodist Church.
Pro golfer Jeff Klauk credits his father for giving him his start in golf. His father, Fred, served as the superintendent at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., before retiring in 2008. Jeff played collegiate golf at Florida Southern College, and his team won the NCAA Division II Championship three times from 1998 through 2000. Klauk won the individual title in 2000, and was a member of the Palmer Cup team that same year. Klauk began his professional golf career in 2000, and has primarily played on the Web.com Tour. To date, he has two wins on that tour. In 2008, Jeff earned his PGA TOUR card for the 2009 season. He had a successful season on the PGA TOUR and retained his card for the 2010 season.In 2006, Jeff was diagnosed with epilepsy after having two grand-mal seizures and in September 2012, he underwent brain surgery to treat his seizures. Shortly after, Jeff made his first professional golf start in 14 months at the Albertson’s Boise Open on the Web.com Tour.
Sports have played a large role in Jeff’s family life. His father was chosen as Golfweek Golf Father of the Year in 2000. Jeff’s wife, Shanna (Nagy), won nine collegiate titles and was NCAA Division II Championship winner in 1996 and 1998 at Florida Southern. His brother John joined the 2004 Web.com Tour after a successful college career at the University of Texas. Jeff’s younger brother, Jason, was a distance runner for the University of Florida track team.
Florida Blue Foundation
Florida Blue Foundation, founded in 2001, is a separate philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Florida and their communities. The Foundation has an expanding commitment to corporate social responsibility and strategically allocates grants toward philanthropic, community-based solutions through its five focus areas of improving: Access to Health Care, Consumer Health, Quality and Safety of Patient Care, Quality of Life, and the Health Care System.
Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc., and Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Dr. BJ Wilder
BJ Wilder attained his medical degree from Duke, his fellowship in Neurology at University of Florida and his fellowship in Neurophysiology at Stanford University. After Stanford he returned to Gainesville, where he had a long and illustrious career at the University of Florida. Along the way, he garnered countless awards and trained many young physicians who also went on to do great things in epilepsy. But, it is his caring and compassion that makes him such an incredible physician and such a treasure to us in Florida. Through his efforts the Epilepsy Foundation of Gainesville was established. For this, and many other achievements, Dr. Wilder is being honored with the Patricia M. Dean, ARNP Beacon Award.
Camp Boggy Creek
Since 1996, Camp Boggy Creek has made it possible for children with serious illnesses to enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically-sound environment. Located just a short drive from Orlando, Florida, the 232-acre camp serves children who've been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatining conditions.
Beyond boundless fun, Camp Boggy Creek Provides fellowship. Children can spend time with others who are just like them and share their life experiences, which serves as a reminder they are not alone.
Campers ages 7 through 16 can apply to attend Camp Boggy Creek free of charge.
To apply, please visit www.CampBoggyCreek.org — or click here to download a paper application.