International Gator Day 2015

International Gator Day 2015
All Strong for our Community
16th Annual International Gator Day
Saturday, May 16th

On May 16th, Gator Clubs® from around the world will unite to utilize the size and spirit of the Gator Nation to positively impact local communities. Each Club will take on a project that is important to their community and will volunteer the time and talents of its members to serve others. This year, various non-profit organizations such as The Wounded Warriors, Covenant House of Florida, and Best Friends Pet Adoption Service will receive an assist from the Gator Nation.

The Gator Nation is never stronger than when we work together for a common cause. Please join the University of Florida Alumni Association on May 16th to show the world we are All Strong for our Community.

How you can be a part of International Gator Day:

  1. Join the University of Florida Alumni Association.
  2. Find your local Gator Club and volunteer for their service project.
  3. If your local Gator Club is not having an International Gator Day activity, start your own.

For more information, please contact Shirley Lynn at slynn@ufalumni.ufl.edu or 352-392-7619.

As this annual event approaches, each Club's initiative will be posted below.

Don't see an International Gator Day activity in your area? Host your own local service project and we will list it on our website! Please contact our office to have your event listed. For more information, please contact Shirley Lynn at slynn@ufalumni.ufl.edu or 352-392-7619.

Area Gator Club® Projects

Central Florida Gator Club® | American Cancer Society ( May 18 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Shane McCutchen
Email Address: shane.mccutchen@seacoastbank.com

Project Description

Date: May 18

The Central Florida Gator Club will volunteer with the American Cancer Society by participating in the Relay for Life event at the Robert Hungerford Preparatory High School in Eatonville. Between 2:00 pm and midnight, the Central Florida Gator Club relay team will take turns walking around the track, raising awareness to help fight cancer. Members who participate may also invite their friends to make contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Charlotte Gator Club® | Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: John Banister
Email Address: john.m.banister@wellsfargo.com

Project Description

Date: May 16

The club will do what is needed to be done that day. It will most likely be sorting food and/or non-food items donated by local companies. It really depends on what has been delivered and needs to be worked.

Desert Gator Club® | Phoenix Herpetological Society ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Gary Manton
Email Address: Desertgators@cox.net

Project Description

Date: May 16

The Desert Gators will be working hand in hand with our fellow Albert's and Alberta's here in Arizona...The Phoenix Herpetological Society is home to nearly 1800 reptiles...and they are excited to have our assistance in building new homes and cleaning up their existing ones...
So, come on out...bring your friends and families...plenty of work to go around.

Directions:
Scottsdale Road North to Dynamite
Dynamite East to 78th Street
South on 78th Street to the 2nd house on the left
28011 N 78th Street.

Bring your work gloves and a smile...as we will have fun giving back to our community.

Knoxville Gator Club® | Relay for Life of Knoxville North ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Brittnee Mound
Email Address: bamound@gmail.com

Project Description

Date: May 16

The Knoxville Gator Club will be volunteering at Relay for Life this year. We will help the American Cancer Society with set up, registration of cancer survivors, maintaining the auction tent, and watching the kids play area.

Music City Gator Club® | Ronald McDonald House ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Mickey Thursam
Email Address: thursam@comcast.net

Project Description

Date: May 16

This year our club will be expanding our support of the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville, where we have served the past two years. We have two ways for our members to participate this year which should enable even more to give of their time.

1. We have secured Saturday May 16th from 10:00- 12:00 noon for a work party. We will be cleaning, sanitizing, and straightening the house, as well as building care packages/goody bags for the residents.

2. Many of our members enjoy cooking meals for the residents—but no main meal is provided on Saturdays because it is a busy check-in check-out day. As an alternative, we will be offering the opportunity on Wednesday night May 13th for us to provide a dinner meal.

There are opportunities to participate for Gators of all ages, and we're looking forward to a fantastic event.

Portland Gator Club® | Portland Gator Club ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: June Cassell
Email Address: pdx-gator@comcast.net

Project Description

Date: May 16

The Portland Gator Club will be joining the Oregon Food Bank on International Gator Day, May 16, 9:00am-11:30am, to help package food for distribution to families in need throughout Oregon.

Space Coast Gator Club® | Keep Brevard Beautiful ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Rich Rosa
Email Address: rcr228@cfl.rr.com

Project Description

Date: May 16

Working with Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Space Coast Gator Club will hold a beach clean in the area of Paradise Park, Indialantic, FL

Volunteers will be issued gloves, buckets and trash pickiing sticks and we will clean the local beach.

Keep Brevard Beautiful has asked to keeo track of what we pick and and what was the most unusual item picked up.

Triangle Gator Club® | Triangle Gator Club ( May 16 )

Project Contact

Chairperson: Gary Lannan
Email Address: gjlgator@bellsouth.net

Project Description

Date: May 16

Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pick Up

We will pick up roadside trash over a 4 mile stretch on Glenwood Avenue (Highway 70) between the Angus Barn and Carmax in Raleigh, NC. We average between 20 - 25 bags of trash each time.

We do this community service event on a quarterly basis. This is our 20th year.