Southern States donates $30,000 to Family Renew

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Fred Annon, president of Southern States Management Group; Jeff Annon, vice president; Tony Deobil, executive director of Family Renew Community; and Carsten Georg, community association manager. Courtesy photo
Fred Annon, president of Southern States Management Group; Jeff Annon, vice president; Tony Deobil, executive director of Family Renew Community; and Carsten Georg, community association manager. Courtesy photo
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Southern States Management Group Inc. donated $30,000 recently to Family Renew Community, after a golf outing at the Conservatory at Hammock Beach. It was the result of Southern States’ new foundation, created in March 2019 to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary in Volusia and Flagler counties.

The private foundation’s purpose is to improve the standard of living for those in need, specifically, to provide financial and in-kind resources that will directly and immediately impact individuals and families.

Family Renew Community provides safe and stable transitional housing for area families with children in need and equips them with the tools they need to be self-sufficient going forward. The organization has 32 apartments at three different campuses in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand. These housing units are available for six months or more with no rent or utility payments due. Family Renew Community offers about 60 families a year safe haven from desperate situations and offers more than just temporary shelter.

Southern States was proud to have had the Family Renew team at the event as ambassadors of the program to speak with the 144 golfers and nearly 50 event sponsors, according to a press release.

“Your gift is the largest gift Family Renew has received so far this calendar year, with the exception of a bequest,” said Denise O'Toole Kelly, development director for Family Renew Community. “Your gift covers more than 3% of our budgeted annual operating expenses for 2020. So you can see that your donation will do much to keep Family Renew Community strong through this challenging time.”

She went on to say that the donation will be able to life three families out of homelessness.

“Research shows experiencing homelessness as a child is the leading indicator of whether a person will be homeless as an adult,” O’Toole Kelly said. “By making that childhood experience of homelessness brief and nonrecurring for the boys and girls in these families, you are interrupting that cycle for generations to come.”

Southern States has begun recruiting volunteers and supporters for next year’s “Classic,” which will take place again at The Conservatory on Monday, April 12, 2021.


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“We are excited for this very skilled team of professionals to begin serving commercial customers in our market, which is extremely active right now, even in these unusual times,” said Lou Izzo, managing partner and CEO of First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty.

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