Our inaugural “Ante Up Fore Autism” Charity Golf Classic was held in April 2005, and was an amazing success raising over $33,000! Thirteen years later, this tournament brings in over $70,000 per year with ALL proceeds directly benefiting JSA to serve our students and families for the upcoming school year. We are honored to have the strong support from our community, parents, and sponsors each year, and we look forward to having a successful event in 2018!
Flounder Pounder Fishing Tournament
The annual Flounder Pounder charity fishing tournament began in 2010, spearheaded by parents Chip and Teresa Davis. When their son Tyler was diagnosed with Autism, they wanted to create an event that gave back to the cause.
Tyler attended Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA), where parent fundraising is highly encouraged. Chip, being the avid fisherman that he is, immediately thought of hosting a fishing tournament to raise money for the school. From the very beginning, the Davis family devoted countless hours of time and energy to raising Autism Awareness, while creating a grassroots effort among family and friends to create this annual charity event!
To date, Flounder Pounder has raised almost $250,000 in the past 8 years and was recently voted Best Tournament in the 904 two years in a row! Every single penny of these proceeds has directly benefited the students and families at JSA. Both the Davis family and the staff at JSA are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this event, and are excited to see much more continued success in the years to come!
Dinner Under the Stars
In 2013, JSA established the “Dinner Under the Stars” fundraiser to support our Musical & Visual Arts Program at JSA. These enrichment programs include art, karate, music, piano and yoga, all which have proven to be extremely beneficial in various areas of development for our students.
Our piano instructor has designed a special curriculum for students on the spectrum to learn music theory, piano technique, and mostly how to have fun while developing skills that will help them in many areas of their life. JSA’s group lessons in Karate and Yoga have proven adjuncts to our Occupational Therapy and give our students help in developing coordination, balance, and calming techniques.
To date, Dinner Under the Stars has raised over $170,000 in the last 5 years!