Weaver Match

Press Release

For Immediate Release 6/3/2020
For more information call Matt Carlucci, 904-703-0999

Weavers Pledge over $200,000 Matching Grant to Help Fund Half-Penny Campaign for Safe, Secure, Modern Schools

J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver are pledging over $200,000 in challenge match funds to support community efforts to pass the half-penny sales tax referendum for safe, secure, and modern schools. The referendum will be voted upon in the November 3 general election.

The Weavers, local philanthropists and former owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars announced their matching grant on Monday, June 1, along with DCBS finance chairman Michael Ward, former CEO of CSX.

The value of the challenge grant is over $400,000, meaning Duval Citizens for Better Schools must raise $200,000 in new contributions to meet the Weaver’s matching grant. Currently, Duval Citizens for Better School has raised $230,000, which does not qualify for the match.

“Wayne and I believe in the value of public education, and we believe in Jacksonville,” said Mrs. Weaver. Great cities have great schools. But frankly, we’ve failed our children by not providing safe, secure, and modern schools where they can learn and prepare for their futures. It’s time we do better for our children, our parents, and our teachers.

Ward, in accepting the grant challenge, said, “Delores and Wayne Weaver have once again stepped forward to make an important difference in Jacksonville. As finance chairman of DCBS, I pledge to them that we will do our part to match their generous $200,000 grant so that we can run a winning campaign for our children.”

DCBS co-chair Matt Carlucci called on the community to help raise funds to match the grant. “We appreciate large contributions like this. We also want and need smaller contributions. I want to encourage people to send us their $10, $25 and $50 donations, which will be doubled in importance because of the Weaver’s challenge.”

Under the terms of the match agreement, $150,000 will be donated directly to Duval Citizens for Better Schools, and $56,000 will go to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund to support its grass-roots efforts to help pass the half-penny referendum.