Volunteers needed for Saturday, Nov. 4
Volunteers are needed! A cleanup will take place at the J.N. Tucker Memorial Cemetery Shady Oaks on Saturday, November 4, 2023, starting at 9:00 a.m. Shady Oaks Cemetery is located at 2665 North Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Volunteers are needed! A cleanup will take place at the J.N. Tucker Memorial Cemetery Shady Oaks on Saturday, November 4, 2023, starting at 9:00 a.m. Shady Oaks Cemetery is located at 2665 North Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne.
Shady Oaks Cemetery was established in 1912 by the African American community and is the final resting place for 31 military veterans and more than 260 African American residents of Brevard County.
Saturday’s cleanup is sponsored by Bruce Rothschild, CEO of Veteran Cemeteries Restoration, Inc. and Viera HS Army JROTC/leaders in the community.
There are a limited number of yard tools available, so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own rakes, trimmers, etc.
A sign recognizing the Veterans buried at Shady Oaks Cemetery will be erected by Cadet Connor Hafale who has constructed this sign as part of his Eagle Scout project. A dedication ceremony for the sign will take place at the end of the cleanup day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.
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