Sophisticated Gents of Florida

Fellowship and Scholarship Uplifting Our Youth For A Brighter Future 

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 The New Normal?

     Lets Go With The FLOW! (Or Shot...)

Unless you have a medical reason not to do so, GET VACCINATED! That is going to be the road we will have to traverse to get us back to doing the things we all love to do.  After "Taking Off" this summer, we are planning to have our first "live" meeting, Wednesday, September 8th.  We are poised to have our Eaton Beach Party late September.  We wish "Snow Birds" safe travels and look forward to an exciting 4th Quarter 2021 and an "Off The Hook" 2022. (God Willing) Remember schools remain open and are STILL expensive, therefore we will continue to fund raise for our students who will need support more than ever.

                                                                Education is the key to a truly "New Normal".

                                   THIS IS WHY WE PAY IT FORWARD WITH OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM...

                                                                     

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We are an informal non-profit  men's club that continuously works to have a positive effect in The Villages, FL and its surrounding communities. With our membership predominantly African American, we take a keen interest in matters that effect communities of color. We accept into our "Brother Hood" men from ANY ethnic group who share our values. While are a Villager Life-Style Club, one does NOT have to be a resident to join us!



      

                            Celebrating Black Achievement And Excellence

 WE Celebrate  African American Achievements YEAR ROUND because the TRUTH has been suppressed since 1619...


 

https://youtu.be/4Givb-13DGA


FIVE BLACK CHEMISTS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

https://youtu.be/Im_17N_JVAE


BLACK INVENTORS OF THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY

https://youtu.be/umdq6B3HIZU


BLACK PEOPLE MADE THAT! INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND US PATENTS

https://youtu.be/umdq6B3HIZU

Martin Luther King, Jr., "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

https://youtu.be/ZmtOGXreTOU

THE MINDSET OF A WINNER | Kobe Bryant Champions Advice

https://youtu.be/VSceuiPBpxY

Denzel Washington's Speech Will Leave You SPEECHLESS 

https://youtu.be/uM-MqsWjQd4

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

https://youtu.be/Jp9pyMqnBzk


JUNETEENTH!  SEE THE BELOW SUPERB CORPORATE RESPONSE FROM GREEN THUMB. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THEIR "INTERNAL" COMMUNICATION BELOW WHICH REFLECTS ON AN ORGANIZATION THAT GETS "IT" AND GIVES BACK TO THE MANY COMMUNITIES IT SERVES!   Link To Green Thumb Site



                       NO GENERAL MEETINGS JULY AND AUGUST!  OUR FIRST LIVE MEETING IN

                   OVER A YEAR WILL BE WEDNESDAY, 4PM- SEPTEMBER 8TH  AT THE  GOLDEN CORRAL

                   HOLD THAT DATE!

                           9/25/2021

                 EATON BEACH PARTY

OUR 'PRIME' SEASON KICKOFF EVENT

                 FREE TO MEMBERS!

    MUSIC BY "UPTOWN JAMMIN" !


             HOLD THAT DATE !

                      4/30/2022

       "BLACK AND WHITE" BALL

  THE SOCIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!

                         2019

NOV 6th! Scholarship Application     Registration is NOW open!


Sponsor Packet 

To Support Donations We Have Created A Sponsor Packet.

This Link Has All The Documents To Present To Corporate/Business And Individual Sponsors.

  Sponsor Packet 

                           OUR NEWEST major SPONSOR

                 Willie Jewell’s Old School B-B-Q plans 

                      opening day fun in the villages

                                             

REPORTED By Staff Report -PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A COPY OF A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. OUR EVENT IS ON  5/4 ,THE EVE OF THE OPENING-

April 23, 2021


Willie Jewell’s Old School B-B-Q will open its new location on May 5 at the Magnolia Plaza south of State Road 44 in The Villages.

Longtime Willie Jewell’s franchisees, Paul and Donna Hinch, have dedicated their BBQ passion to two Willie Jewell’s locations since 2012, and are looking forward to sharing their recipe for success with Paul’s brother and sister-in-law, Mark Hinch, and his wife Liane. According to Josh Martino, president of the Home Team Restaurant Group, the family did considerable research to determine where another Willie Jewell’s would likely thrive in Florida. The laid-back, family-friendly lifestyle, paired with the area’s ongoing growth, helped the Hinches select The Villages as the right place.

Willie Jewells Old Style Bar B Q at Magnolia Plaza in The VillagesWillie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q at Magnolia Plaza in The Villages

Martino remarked that the timing for this location of Willie Jewell’s is “perfect,” despite getting pushed back due to the pandemic.

Patrons of the newest Willie Jewell’s Old School B-B-Q will find the restaurant welcoming and convenient, complete with all the popular qualities of other Willie Jewell’s locations: efficient and friendly counter service, generous platters and sandwiches, delicious sides and desserts, plus self-service stations for beverages and warm BBQ sauces.

Grand opening festivities for Willie Jewell’s in The Villages will officially take place on Wednesday May 5, with a special event for friends, family and invited guests the night before to get the energy rolling.

The Sophisticated Gents, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the “intellectual, spiritual, educational, and emotional fellowship of members in The Villages,” will perform on the eve of the grand opening to raise donations for scholarships and other local causes.



  CELEBRATION OF LIFE EVENT

Held for Herman Smith- Saturday,                    July 10, 2021




 



           PAYING RESPECT TO    

          OUR  DEPARTED    

          BROTHER JESSIE SMITH

Local clubs award scholarships to minority students in     need

  • By Garrett Shiflet, Daily Sun Staff Writer
  • 06/07/2021

Local clubs award scholarships to minority students in need

Otis Lane is the chairman of the scholarship committee for the Sophisticated Gents of Florida. The group along with the African-American Club gave out thousands in scholarships.

George Horsford, Daily Sun

The role scholarships play in giving local students a chance at higher education is one of vital importance to many local clubs.

Funding provided from different events hosted by two local clubs, the Sophisticated Gents of Florida and The African-American Club of The Villages, led to the creation of a scholarship award ceremony and luncheon for minority students who demonstrated financial need, character, earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 and who showed  the desire to obtain a postsecondary education.

The two groups hosted an online Zoom ceremony Saturday for this year’s scholarship winners.

Vernon Haley, a member of both clubs and the Sophisticated Gents’ president for 2014-18, has been a major representative in fostering unity between the groups. This includes helping to organize the annual Friendship Golf Tourney, which has been running for seven years.

Read this story and many others in Monday’s edition of the Daily Sun.

                                                                       LINK TO THE SUN ARTICLE BELOW

                                                                                     SUN ARTICLE

        THE KID CENTRAL COMMITMENT TO THE

                                        COMMUNITY!

Board Member James McKinney being inducted into the NCO Leadership Center Of Excellence Hall Of Fame 6/16


                                         JUNETEENTH-GREEN THUMB INTERNAL COMMUNICATION

From: Corporate Social Responsibility <csr@gtigrows.com>
Sent: Friday, June 18, 2021 11:23 AM
To: GTI Worldwide <gtiworldwide@gtigrows.com>
Subject: Juneteenth 2021 & Beyond

 

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Hello team:

Saturday, June 19th, marks an important day in American history. The Juneteenth holiday celebrates the end of one of our country’s most abhorrent practices: slavery.

 The history behind Juneteenth uniquely intersects with those of us who work in the cannabis industry.

While the 13th Amendment terminated slavery as Americans once knew it, cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs soon emerged as new tools to disproportionately enforce cannabis laws against black and brown communities.

 In addition to sharing some facts about how we as a country are doing, we also wanted to share how the Green Thumb team is celebrating the history behind Juneteenth, and some of the ways Green Thumb supports efforts to advance change everyday.

 Learn more below and get involved today!

The Facts

Studies show that cannabis is consumed at roughly the same rate across racial demographics. And yet, to look at some of Green Thumb’s markets, there is still work to be done:

  • New York: 57% of individuals arrested for cannabis in 2020 were black.
  • New Jersey: a black person is 3.45 times as likely as a white person to be arrested for cannabis between 2010-2018.
  • Pennsylvania: African Americans made up 9% of the state’s 2020 population, but 35% of cannabis arrests.
  • Massachusetts and Connecticut: black individuals were more than 4 times as likely to be arrested for cannabis than their white counterparts from 2010-2018.

Honoring Juneteenth with Events & Activities

Our $20,000 Contribution Funds Webinar & Educational Series “Who’s Invited to the Cookout” with National Expungement Works addressingthe question:who is welcome into Black spaces and how that correlates to allyship, social responsibility, and economic and political justice.

 

Rock Island Team Supports Quad Cities Juneteenth Fest an educational celebration of freedom that highlights the economic, political, and social efforts of African Americans to fully participate in the American culture following slavery Thank you to Carmen Hensen for organizing!

 

Monroeville, PA Growing for Good volunteers support Book ‘Em Pittsburghto provide reading and educational material to Pennsylvania’s incarcerated population, promoting the organization’s belief education during incarceration is integral to rehabilitation and preparation for re-entry into society. A big shout-out to Andy Schaner for coordinating this opportunity!

 

RISE Oviedo made a Juneteenth contribution to Sophisticated Gents of FL, a non-profit that builds mentorship relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school and achieve their ambitions. Graduating students who meet specific criteria can apply to our scholarship program.

 

RISE Pinellas Park donated funds to the Health Program at Pinellas County Urban League, a non-profit that aims at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities in Health Care, Education, Economic Development and Housing Development. 

                                                                                      






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