Interfaith Service Lights the Soul

A community-wide Interfaith service took place at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place on the downtown plaza.

The service paid tribute to the ‘Golden Rule’, a core teaching shared by local faith groups. It celebrated St. Augustine as a diverse, loving and inclusive community, creating a unified response to a local billboard that unfairly labels Islam.

The one hour program featured uplifting music, prayer and commentary led by local clergy and parishioners ranging in age from teen to senior. All were welcomed to attend and the response was amazing.

“The Great Gatsby Affair”, A Splendid Affair Indeed

“A Great Gatsby Affair” is BACK!”

The time, 1922. The evening, unforgettable.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Volkswagen of St. Augustine is hosting its third annual, “A Great Gatsby Affair,” at their location on US1 South on Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 7:30 -10:30 p.m. All proceeds go to support local non-profit, the St. Johns Cultural Council (SJCC). Guests are encouraged to get dressed in their finest 1920s attire. Two authentic, 1920s classic cars will be onsite as part of the backdrop with live jazz music provided by Danielle Eva, 3rd place winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition. This year’s event will be kept “underground” and a secret passcode must be given for entry. To boot, a moonshine bar and craft cocktails slung by local mixologists from the St. Augustine Distillery have been added to fulfill the speakeasy theme. Silent auction items are all set with low reserves and include, but are not limited to skydiving tickets, pontoon rentals, a Colorado vacation home, a family membership to the Alligator Farm, restaurant certificates and many more!

 Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased at Volkswagen of St. Augustine, Vienrich Allstate Agency in World Golf Village, or by visiting There will also be a spread of heavy Italian hors d’oeuvres provided by Café Atlantico that will be included with entry.

 Over the last two years, the event has raised over $17,000 to benefit local charities. This year’s beneficiary, SJCC, is active throughout St. Johns County furthering visual, literary and performing arts for students, the elderly, and aspiring artists who may not otherwise have the ability to expand their creative outlets. Volkswagen of St. Augustine owners, Joe & Sway DiFeo, are passionate about supporting local non-profits and are artists and musicians themselves. Since opening their doors in December of 2013, they have been able to contribute nearly $100,000 to local charities and continue to allocate an annual budget for community support and sponsorships. You can learn more about their community outreach efforts by visiting