By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Colman and Rachel Brodsky grew up on opposite sides of the world. Colman is a Jacksonville native, while Rachel’s childhood was spent primarily in Japan while her family lived on a military base. The two met through work and have been married for 11 years. Colman has spent his career in the insurance industry and is currently chief operating officer for Harden Insurance. Rachel is a busy mother, strong community advocate and PTA president. Together, the Brodskys will chair the upcoming 26th annual River Garden Gala. They have three children, Alex, Ansley, and Ashton and enjoy living in Julington Creek.

  1. What do you enjoy most about Mandarin?

Colman: It’s home for me. I’ve spent my whole life up and down San Jose Boulevard. It’s great to be close to the heart of Mandarin. We enjoy our friends and family in the area and watching the community grow.

Baptist Health, Great tools for motherhood
  1. What is the River Garden Gala and who can attend?

Colman: The River Garden Gala is the Foundation’s major annual black-tie fundraising event. The Gala is on Nov. 17 this year. The home depends on this event to help subsidize the immediate needs of the people who call River Garden their home. Anyone can attend by making their contribution and reservation on the River Garden website.

  1. What is the theme of this year’s River Garden Gala?

Colman: “A Night Under the Big Top.” We had a list of ideas and when we watched “The Greatest Showman” movie, we decided that a circus theme was what we wanted to do. The entertainment we have lined up is exciting. No animals will be involved, but we will have an aerialist, a contortionist and other acts to entertain the guests.

  1. How did the two of you become involved with the River Garden Gala?

Colman: Rachel has been active with River Garden for about five years, but had never chaired the gala before. Through her engagement in the community, she has been drawn to River Garden for years. We have both been happy with how well they have treated and taken care of friends and family. In 2014, my grandmother celebrated her 101st birthday at River Garden. Rachel was asked to chair the gala and I was “voluntold” to help chair the event. I’m more than happy to do so.

  1. What do you enjoy doing as a family?

Colman: We are boaters and enjoy being out on the St. Johns River on Saturday mornings. We make our way to the Riverside Arts Market often. We love to travel, contributing to the community and just spending time together.

 

Photo courtesy Colman and Rachel Brodsky

Colman and Rachel Brodsky

 

  • Ackerman Urology We specialize in Prostate health, sexual health, bladder health, and Kidney health
  • Smiles by Glenos & Hadfic Orthodontists
  • Pavers concrete and more Free estimates
  • Snip's Tree and stump service over 25 years experience
  • Quality Eye care 25+ years of experience
  • Staverman Hearing Centers Hear loud and clear
  • Westminster Woods on Julington creek. Live well. Be Happy
  • Ackerman cancer center. We're here for your cancer treatment
  • Have questions about your medicare benefits? Call a SHINE volunteer.
  • Prudential Financial Planning Services with Andrew Laino
  • Vote for Dr. Erick Aguilar Republican candidate U.S. House Fl 4th district
  • Academy of Dance Open House & Registration August 19th and 20th 3pm to 6pm Classes start August 24th! Ballet, Pointem Jazz, Hip Hop Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Music Theatre, Vocal
  • Affordable Water
  • DIscount up to 30% Jim Register state farm agent
  • Nemetz Dental Associates! Your new smile awaits!
  • Havana Printing and office supply Call us today for all your cutome printing needs
  • Future home loans. North Florida's Premier Mortgage Expert Ryan Proffitt
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Nature shop. Have you watered your birds lately?
  • Legends of Real Estate call Kim Kessler
  • Harbor Chase Independent & Assisted living Memory Care Mandarin. Immerse yourself in a rewarding community that enriches your body, mind, and soul.
  • Dont Forget to vote for John Turner School Board member
  • Lori Hershey for School Board, District 7. A school system we can all believe in.
  • Matt Schellenberg. Dependable Leadership for these challenging Times. School Board District 7
  • Concrete Works! Free Estimates, driveways, Patios, Walkways, Concrete removal, Driveway extension, Pavers
  • Family Remodeling Contractors! Bath, Kitchen &ADA Remodeling
  • Mobile Notary Service. 15 years experience, 24 hour services
  • River Garden Senior Services, However and whenever you need us we're here
  • Starlight Gymnastics! Our #1 priority is your children!
  • Sugar Bear Antique Mall Summer spectacular sale July 10th-12th
  • Baptist Health, Great tools for motherhood
  • A Green Cleaner, Free pickup and delivery to your home!
  • Luxury living and compassionate care come together at starling. Welcome Home.
  • Alive Credit Union Start banking healthier today!
  • Clara's Tidbits Now in Mandarin!
  • Brian E. Floro DMD, PA Dental services
  • JR Dental General, Specialty and Dental lab
  • Support community journalism! Subscribe to the Mandarin Newsline today!
  • Railing Chiropractic & Acupuncture
  • Let them know you are open for business! Advertise in our may issue!
  • HarborChase independent & assisted living Memory Care Mandarin. Your safety and peace of mind is always our Top Priority
  • Smart Choice Medical healthcare membership! No VoPay, No Deductibles, No Hassles
  • Havana Printing 904-447-5021