A Sunny Moment

Posted on Mar 28th 2020 by Florida Blue

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Our community is at the heart of all we do. We know these uncertain times can be worrisome, but together we will rise above the adversity created by this devastating outbreak and walk away stronger than ever in our resolve to help people and communities achieve better health.

We’re gathering uplifting stories from the communities we serve and sharing them with you all, a reminder that so much good is out there and challenges such as this one brings us closer together in our humanity.

The Jacksonville Symphony to Stream Free Live Concerts.

The Jacksonville Symphony has joined multiple international orchestras in broadcasting music to help raise the spirits of the community during this time. Since people can’t come to the symphony, the symphony is going to them with virtual concerts via free livestreams. The first one featured the whole 60-person orchestra performing in their concert hall in front of empty seats, when gatherings of that size were still allowed. By the following week, gatherings could be no larger than 10 people. So instead of the full orchestra, the show went on with just the 4-person percussion section spread out across the wide stage for proper social distancing, with conductor Gonzalo Farias serving as emcee. 

“We make music to entertain, to inspire, to provoke thoughts and emotions,” said Farias. “But above all, we make music to connect people.”


The Florida Aquarium Lifts Spirits and Educates Floridians Despite Temporary Closure.

After making the decision to close through the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the aquarium announced the launch of "SEA-SPAN”.

These daily videos on Facebook Live help keep Floridians learning and passionate about our coastal environments and the animals that reside there.

 “We’re bringing the Aquarium to folks who are stuck at home,” said Debbi Stone, Vice President of Learning at The Florida Aquarium. “The Aquarium is still a resource to our community even while our building is closed. That’s why we are trying to fill a void with our daily Facebook Live. Our goal is to provide fun and educational content to families who are stuck at home.”

The sessions start daily at 10 a.m. and a repository of previous videos can be found here: http://www.flaquarium.org/sea-span

Boys and Girls Club of Martin County is supporting the children of first responders, medical personnel and teachers, thanks to a grant from Florida Blue.

The Boys and Girls Club of Martin County is one of the agencies receiving a grant from Florida Blue’s $2 million investment, and the South Florida allocation. 

The agency is supporting children of first responders, medical personnel, and teachers -- providing childcare, food, and behavioral health support.

 “We know we can count on great collaborators when it comes our kids’ mental and physical well-being. So proud of our partnership and friendship we share year-round with Florida Blue, and grateful that they have stepped-up with extra support in these challenging times” said CEO, Keith Fletcher of the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County. 



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