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Gluten-Free Event: Jacksonville Scene Wedding Crashers


Finally, there is a fundraiser that can accommodate the gluten-free lifestyle.  This Friday, September 28th, Jacksonville Scene is hosting their 7th Annual Wedding Crashers at Trio The Event Place in Tinseltown.  Each year they pick a different theme; this year’s them is Masquerade!  This event is hilarious.  There is a fake wedding, food, drinks and all to benefit One X One.  Gluten-free offerings include Cookie Momsters cupcakes, cheese and vegetable trays, bbq and more.

Jacksonville Scene has been around for more than 7 years offering sports and social events.  I am a huge fan of beach volleyball, bowling, kickball, dodgeball and softball but there are many more sports to choose from.  I have made some great friends and have had an absolute blast.  In addition to sports they host the annual Wedding Crashers event and a host a huge Halloween Party at the beach each year.

The president, Jason, is a handsome guy who loves a girl with Celiac disease.  Oh, did I mention he is my boyfriend??   🙂  He is very supportive and tries to accommodate different types of dietary needs on top of my gluten-free and dairy-free needs. He is very aware of the deliciousness of Cookie Momster’s yummy baked goods and  we are thrilled that they have agreed to donate cupcakes for this event.

There are still tickets available for Wedding Crashers and are selling fast.  If you plan to attend I would love to meet you.  Send me a message at jgornto_6(@) and let me know.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit Jacksonville Scene’s website

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Helping those with Type 1 Diabetes

I need your help!  Recently Brooks Biagini, Executive Director of the North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), contacted me to ask if I would together a basket for their upcoming Miracles in the Moonlight Gala on October 22nd.   Without hesitation I said yes.  Let me tell you why…

About a month ago someone close to my family had a daughter diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at only 1 year of age.  It was devastating to her family not only because she is the cutest, sweetest little girl, but they did not know what was wrong with her for a while and if they didn’t get her to the doctor when they did she would have gone into a diabetic coma. 

She is doing great thanks to the dedication of her mom and dad and the help of JDRF who sent out a mom who went through a similar tragedy to help their family through this tough time.  What I have learned since then is that many people diagnosed with Type I Diabetes can also have Celiac Disease.  Since learning this, Brooks has shared my blog and facebook page with some of her families who have children with Type I Diabetes and Celiac Disease. 

So will you help me fill a Gluten-Free Jacksonville basket that can be auctioned off at their gala?

What I need for the basket:

– Non-perishable food items that are “certified gluten-free”
– Gift certificates to restaurants that have gluten-free offerings and take extra precautions for those with celiac disease
– unused books or resources

I am willing to drive to you to pick them up and if you are a restaurant or grocery store I will make sure you get credit and notoriety with the basket.  Please just comment on this post and I will contact you offline to coordinate pick up!

Special thanks to PF Changs and The Veggie Bin who have already offered up gift certificates for the basket!


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