BEAM of Light Beach Ball helps those in need


More than 250 supporters attended the BEAM of Light Beach Ball presented by Publix Super Markets Charities on Oct. 23 at TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.

In excess of $210,000 was raised, and net proceeds from the event go to support BEAM's mission to provide emergency assistance and a path to economic stability within the Beaches communities.

"It's been a hard two years, but this event and the people who have supported us throughout it all are the reason so many people remained hopeful for the future,” said BEAM Executive Director Lori Richards. “As the demand for our basic needs services skyrocketed, our community rose to the occasion to help our neighbors in need. We can't thank you enough."

BEAM is a community-based organization serving low-income residents in Jacksonville’s beaches communities, and it relies heavily on community support to assist people in need.

In 2020, according to the organization’s website, $1,061,581 was spent on covering overdue rent and utility bills for families in need; 1,468 households were helped with financial assistance; 978,238 meals were distributed; and 5,617 visits were scheduled at the organization’s food pantries.

To learn more about BEAM and how you can help, go to