// photos by Denise Williams
On Thursday, February 4, singer Pat Boone joined City Rescue Mission for their sold-out 70th Year Anniversary Gala, Love Letters: An Evening with Pat Boone at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Prior to the event, guests gathered in the foyer where they had an opportunity to catch up with old friends while members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performed. After words from speakers Arthur Crofton, WEJZ’s morning show host, and CRM Executive Director Penny Kievet, Boone performed some of his songs: “A Wonderful Time up There," "April Love,” and “Love Letters in the Sand.” After a few songs and words from Pat Boone, attention was turned to the celebration of the thousands of lives that have been impacted through 70 years of transformations aided by CRM.
City Rescue Mission was founded in 1946 to help the homeless and needy of Jacksonville. Since then, CRM has advanced into a three-pronged organization that meets the basic needs of the homeless, provides long-term addiction recovery programs, and helps people return to independent living through education, life skills, and workforce development.