26.2 with DONNA VIP Reception

// photos by Chris Wayne

On Friday, February 12 Donna Deegan, along with her special guests Olympians Joan Benoit-Samuelson and Jeff Galloway, kicked off the 9th Annual DONNA Marathon Weekend by hosting an invitation only VIP Reception presented by FIS, TapImmune, Rosa Regale & One Ocean Resort.  Held on the beautiful One Ocean Verandina overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the event honors sponsors and major contributors of the 26.2 with DONNA Foundation.

In attendance were leaders from the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. Guests enjoyed a special menu from One Ocean’s Chef Ted Peters while enjoying wines from Rosa Regale.  A highlight of the evening is always photo ops with the organization’s signature Running Ribbon, as well as live interviews with Donna and Tim Deegan on First Coast News.

Seen: Chris Twiggs of the DONNA Marathon board of directors; Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson; Olympian Jeff Galloway; Kristen Wiley, Amy Mergen and Michelle Brooks, all senior management of FIS Global; Dr. Glynn Wilson, CEO of TapImmune; Diana and Jim Evans of Momentum Transportation; Tory Burgio, senior management at Eisai; Kevin Manning, senior management at Celgene; and Howard Fineman, owner of Ashley HomeStore Jacksonville.