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Many of you who know me well enough, know that I had been a teacher over the years.

The train station above has special meaning to me as it fills volumes of stories for many children’s lives- parents divorcing, emotional distress and economic hardships.

I had one such student several years ago who was bright and talented but suffering from the break up of his parents. He loved the school drama club; but with the economic challenges of his family, had no money to enroll in the school district’s theater summer camp. I wrote out a check to cover his cost for that summer and as things go, time marched on.

Fast forward several years later, my wife, Carol and I were waiting on the train platform one afternoon years later to attend the Broadway Show, “Hairspray” in New York City. Sitting on one of the station benches was this same student I had several years earlier. We began to chat and got re-acquainted. I was astonished to find out that this young man had graduated from New York University in theater and now was on Broadway himself!

So the moral of the story, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory is- No matter what occupation you’re in, it’s all about relationships you create and how you can make a difference in someone’s life just by doing something small…

Al Bagocius

How much would these five perks be worth to you and the overall success of your senior community or senior provider organization?

To be seen 120,000 times over a year’s duration in 2,400 locations

To be at the fingertips of every healthcare decision maker.

To have your organization’s webpage on a website that’s a leader in the rapidly growing senior living market.

To be talked about in social media on three,well respected social media platforms incorporating over 30,000 friends, followers and first connections.

To have a dedicated advocate who will attend, write about and post your events and news happenings for all to see.

If your organization would like to learn more about expanding your senior community or senior provider business, contact Al Bagocius at



Al Bagocius

Our Seniors Guide
VP of Business Development
Cell: +1 904.553.9539



At the Southside Business Men’s Club meeting on Wednesday I got reacquainted with my friend, Dr.Angela Washington.  Angela has held several key donor positions over the years in service to very noteworthy organizations like Community Hospice & Palliative Care, St. Vincent’s Health Care Foundation and was a volunteer chaplain at Baptist Health Hospital South.

Always looking for greater challenges to serve our community,Angela has taken on the responsibility of Major Gifts Officer at City Rescue Mission.and coming up on her 1st anniversary with City Rescue Mission.

Angela asked me to share her message with you, my audience…

CRM invites you to support our 10th Annual Champion’s Challenge Golf Tournament on Monday, August 27th 2018 at the beautiful Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. This is an opportunity to play on one of the finest courses in the country while supporting the services of the mission to assist homeless and needy individuals of Northeast Florida living on the streets, and equip them to lead successful livesAnne Nimnicht is the committee chair for CRM’s 10th annual tournament and joined by Dan Hicken, who is serving as our co-chairman.  We believe, with your help, the 10th Annual Champion’s Challenge Tournament will be the best tournament yet and provide much needed support for City Rescue Mission and those they serve.

It is almost impossible to ride through Jacksonville without seeing the homeless first hand and realizing the need and the importance of the programs administered by the City Rescue Mission. We are reaching out to our friends, key vendor partners and other colleagues to ask for your support of the City Rescue Mission, one of the oldest and most effective non-profit organizations committed to serving the homeless and addicted of Northeast Florida. City Rescue Mission was started by local businessmen in 1946 who wanted to help those who were in need. Today, the Mission has served thousands of men, women and children as they provide addiction recovery, meals, shelter, and clothing for the community.

In 2017 alone:

  • 224,222 meals were served
  • 71,657 nights of safe shelter provided
  • 1,182 free medical visits
  • 496 free dental services provided
  • 97% of CRM students found full or part-time employment
  • 526 people received case management to exit homelessness

The Lifebuilders and Workforce Development program typically run between 12-16 months and more than 70% of adults who complete the program remain clean, sober and employed compared to the national average of 27%. City Rescue Mission is an independent 501(c)3 who accepts no government funding for programming.

Would you please consider a sponsorship, put a team together or donate a silent auction item that will help us make this year’s event a success?  City Rescue Mission thank you in advance for your vital support that truly makes a difference in the lives of so many.    Please contact Sarah Soule, Public Relations, Marketing & Events Coordinator at 904.421.5141 or

Angela A. Washington, Ph.D.

Major Gifts Officer

City Rescue Mission

426 S. McDuff Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32254

Direct: 904.421.5147

Cell: 904.477.0588






Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539




Meet an acquaintance of mine, Kathleen Floryan, who turned into a friend yesterday at Paneras. Kathleen contacted me to give me a book her collegiate friend from Ohio State University, Tina Marrelli wrote on Caregiving…

Since I’ve been branded as “The Seniors Guide Guy,” I take it as an honor to help and participate in everything senior.

Kathleen’s gesture of giving me Tina’s book is only the beginning of the story.  On a networking and strategic alliance side, it’s great to share your colleagues accomplishments, like what Kathleen did with Tina’s book; it shows you care about those who you associate with.

More deeply, I came to understand Kathleen’s background as an administrator as a home care agency in Ohio and then upon her husband’s retirement, relocating to North Florida to becoming the administrator at St. Augustine Surgery Center.

Kathleen’s experience in healthcare, deeply embedded with caring for others, has given her the competitive edge in real estate sales where, as in any business, customers want to be cared for.

I liked Kathleen’s take on the 5 stages of housing in our lives…

  1. First House- Getting Married, Starting a Family
  2. Move-Up House- Establishing a Family and Career
  3. Trophy House- Apex of Career, Height of Income Availability
  4. Down-Sized House- Empty Nesting
  5. Out House- Aging in Place with Assistance…

Knowing what stage of housing her customers are in, allows Kathleen to be the connection the customer is looking for.

To sum it up simply…We are all caregivers; no matter what business we’re in; read about Care giving in Tina’s book; the transferable skill sets of giving care will help ensure the success of any business.

Kathleen can be reached  via cell at 904.687.5146, e-mail at Visit her website at and like her Facebook page at


Al Bagocius




Whether you are a golf fan or not, we all should be proud of The Players Championship about to begin here in North Florida.  The spectacular draw to our area has a far deeper consequence than just the game of golf; it is the highlight of the generous giving from the deep corporate wells to the sweat equity that over 2,000 volunteers bestow upon the event.

The Players Championship’s charitable fundraising exceeded $8.7 million dollars last year, up from $8,5 million dollars the previous year. That alone, is reason enough for many volunteers to come back every year with a passion to serve.

One volunteer, Bob Zinsser, President, of Get in the Game SE, LLC ; a performance improvement organization headquartered here in Jacksonville is celebrating his 10th year of service the the TPC.

Here’s Bob Zinsser in his own words, why he volunteers and why he’ll continue to serve in the foreseeable future…

I have been a volunteer for quite awhile, this my 10th year. I got involved through my now wife as she has been volunteering for 15 years. We are both Co-Chairs on the Corporate Hospitality Committee.

I volunteer because it is my way of helping, through The Players, so many organizations in need in the Jacksonville, FL Community. Last year The Players raised $8.7 Million that goes back directly to local charities and non-profits in need.

Additionally, people who volunteer so much of their time are a very cool group of people to be around. We are a very giving, helpful, and a proud group who participate in this highly visible event here in Jacksonville.

When we see each other once a year, it’s hugs, kisses and the feeling of belonging to a special fraternity. I am very proud to be associated with The Players and will be for as long as I can move.

People from all backgrounds and all ages are part of this special “family”. Every year we get some new volunteers and get a chance to make new friends – for life.

If you happen to attend the TPC this week, stop and thank the volunteers; they are making a difference for those in our community who are in need.


Al Bagocius


Being able to toot your own horn is an important ingredient in growing your own business.  Recently, I challenged Angela Green of CareMateSolutions to, in fact, do just that. I believe she did a superb job! Take a read…

“CareMateSolutions is a locally owned and operated agency providing non-medical supportive services to the aged and disabled adults.  The goal of CareMateSolutions is to be the solution for individuals desiring to keep their independence and to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Angela Green , the owner, has joyfully had the privilege of caring for patients of all ages for over 28 years.  She has always had the passion to provide genuine care to those in need of her services.  “ I recognize the rarity of genuine care in our society, so it is my goal to push through this rarity by setting an example in my industry and my searching out caregivers that have the same desire in providing care.   Though I am running a business,  I truly believe everything about business is personal therefore, I strive to take a genuine interest in each client by always having a sincere appreciation for their time and by always providing compassionate care”.

CareMateSolutions serves the following counties Baker, Duval, Clay, Flagler, Nassau , St. Johns and Volusia.  Some of our services includes companionship/sitter, housekeeping, meal planning/ preparation, errands/shopping, medication and appointment reminders. We customized plans to fit your needs and budget.   Visit our website for more information at or Call us at 904-600-3100″


Al Bagocius

Cell: 904.553.9539




Estate Planning for your pets? How cool is that! Check out what attorney Caroline Emery has to say…

“As a passionate pet lover, my holistic approach includes pets in my Estate Planning (Power of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Wills, etc.), Probate, and Guardianship practice.

Can you imagine the emotional trauma a pet goes through when losing its parent? In addition to dealing with painful separation anxiety, a pet may have to also deal with a new parent (“guardian”) that was given inadequate instructions, adding to the trauma.

All too often, pet parents don’t think twice about spending money on a pet’s medical bills and grooming needs year after year, but then overlook making reliable plans to adequately secure the pookie’s health and happiness for the pet’s remaining lifetime in case something suddenly happens. Do you have a plan? Are you sure it’s reliable?

For example, guardians usually don’t know every single detail about the pets. My 10-page pet instructions manual exclusively offered to my clients are comprehensive and designed to fully prepare the guardian, which minimizes the pet’s trauma.

Also, many families are surprised to learn that the guardian that the incapacitated or deceased person had lined up is either unwilling OR unable to take care of the pets. Furry family members end up homeless at a vet or shelter because the intended guardians are unable to follow through – perhaps due to financial hardship, due to a new love interest with allergies, or because there is a new pet that does not get along with the orphan-pet, to name a few reasons.

Recently, I’ve personally encountered a pet’s homelessness three times. These pets were dropped off at a vet because a guardian could not take care of the pet, contrary to promises made to the decedents. One guardian was a trusted friend; the other two were adult children of two different decedents. One vet’s office was asking everyone who came into the office if they could take the pet, another posted a notice on the “nextdoor” neighborhood e-mail circulation, and the third posted pleas on Facebook. The dogs looked really sad. Think about their trauma. If only the pet parents had someone like me to help them make better plans before their sudden demise.

So, protect your fur baby’s future now. Don’t wait until it’s too late. For more information or a consultation for your own estate planning or guardianship needs or to plan your pet’s future, contact me at:
(904) 265-4654
1830 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
Caroline Emery, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Estate Planning for the Entire Family, Including Pets
Probate, Advance Directives, Guardianships, & Estate & Pet Care Plans”


Al Bagocius

VP of Business Development
Cell: +1 904.553.9539