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11/7/2017: Chris Stedman; Rummies And Yummies; Humana Clinical Town Hall; Margarita J'Ville Bash

Kevin Meerschaert

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with “born-again” Christian turned gay atheist and author Chris Stedman. He is appearing Tuesday evening in Jacksonville on behalf of One Voice (01:20).      

The latest Moveable Feast segment featured westside cake makers Rummies and Yummies (32:28).

Ahead of its annual Clinical Town Hall at the University of North Florida we spoke with Humana executive Laura Nolan and vice-president Dr. John Montgomery (38:23).        

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida CEO Sara Alford told us about the group’s Margarita J’Ville fundraiser and tribute to former CEO, the late Warren Grymes. (46:00).  


Chris Stedman

He was an evangelical Christian who turned gay atheist and struggled with a hostility against religion and eventually realized it was holding him back to find common dialogue.

Chris Stedman has brought his message of tolerance around the world. He’s the author critically acclaimed, “Faithest.”

He’ll be speaking Tuesday night on behalf of One Jax’s young professional’s group One Voice at Intuition Aleworks. It’s free but tickets are required.

Moveable Feast- Rummies And Yummies

It’s a family owned factory where everything is made from scratch. At Rummies and Yummieson the city’s West Side, rum is in most of the delicious confections.  In Tuesday’s Moveable Feast, our look at dining and hospitality trends around town, Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance talks with co-owner and chef Amy Hales.

Humana’s Bold Goal Clinical Town Hall  

It is one bold goal. To make the First Coast 20% healthier by the year 2020.

Humana’s Bold Goal Clinical Town Hall is coming up 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the University of North Florida University Center to focus on that goal. WJCT’s Melissa Ross will be moderating. You can RSVP by sending an email to

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A Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida's fundraiser and tribute to late former CEO Warren Grymes is set for Nov. 18.

Margarita J’Ville Bash

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida is bringing the island flair and fun of Duval Street in Key West here to Duval County with its signature Margarita J’Ville bash.

Not only can you party it up, it’s also a chance to honor the legacy of the late Warren Grymes, a true philanthropist who built the organization into a powerhouse helping thousands of local kids. It includes an auction for a Jacksonville Jaguars Luxury Suite at a Jaguars home game, a Utah mountain get away and Universal Orlando Resort Hotel stay and park hopper pass. WJCT fans can get a 25% discount by using the code DUVALwhen purchasing tickets.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.