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The HEAL Ball Drop & Bash was a huge success, and there are even more fun local events inside!
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October 2014

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The HEAL Board gathered before the Chopper Ball Drop & Bash.

Jim Meyer, HEAL Board Member, dropped the balls from the chopper.

Susan Batten donated her $5,000 winnings back to HEAL.

Bid From The Heart raised $10,000 for iPads. Coach Bradley's wife Michaela shows her support for HEAL.

HEAL Event Raises $175,000 for Autism

The HEAL Chopper Ball Drop, Bash & Charity Golf Classic was a smashing success! Over $175,000 was raised for HEAL’s initiative iHEAL ~ iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, which places iPads in special needs classrooms in six school districts.
 
Guests arrived and gathered on the back lawn of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse for drinks, appetizers, and a chance to see a helicopter drop golf balls onto the adjacent putting green. Chopper sponsor and HEAL Board Member Jim Meyer of Primerica was onboard to release the balls onto the green. Susan Batten’s ball went in the hole to win $5,000, which Susan graciously donated back to HEAL! Runner up cash winners Henry Puente and Sandy Flaschner donated their winnings back to HEAL as well.
 
The evening continued in the clubhouse with a light dinner and drinks with HEAL Board Chair, Patty Crosby, as emcee. Jacksonville Jaguars and HEAL Board members JT Thomas and Ziggy and Sara Hood spoke about their immediate family members with Autism. The live auction trips and experiences were so popular that two of everything were auctioned off. Two trips to Ireland, South African Safari, Costa Rica and two Oyster Roasts for 75 at the the Weeds' fish camp were sold. Popular items on the raffle and silent auctions were a trip to Maui and a GoPro Camera. Guests continued the fun by dancing the night away to the Motown sounds of The 7 Street Band.
 
The following morning, a full field of golfers enjoyed the HEAL Charity Golf Classic. Breakfast, on-course drinks, and an awards lunch was provided for the golfers. Congratulations to winning team of Harrison Minchew, Tim Valley, Gary Verble, and Brent Boate.
Sara and Ziggy Hood share their story.
JT Thomas talks about his brother with Autism.

Jacksonville Jaguars Join HEAL Board


HEAL is grateful for the support of J.T. Thomas and Ziggy and Sara Hood. All three will join HEAL's Board and bring their personal Autism story with them. Jacksonville Jaguar J.T. Thomas, a starting linebacker, and Ziggy Hood, defensive tackle, and his wife Sara all have family members affected by Autism and developmental disabilities.
 
We look forward to having them join the HEAL Board and continue our mission of assisting individuals and families living with Autism in Northeast Florida.

Upcoming Events in Northeast Florida

 
DATE EVENT
Ongoing Social Skills and Support Groups - Dr. Maria Tapia, Licensed Psychologist with the UF/Jacksnville's CARD Program, runs several support groups for adolescents and adults with Asperger's syndrome, as well as for the siblings and mothers. If you are interested in joining any of these groups or gathering additional information, such as date, time and ages, please contact Dr. Tapia at maria.tapia@jax.ufl.edu or (904)-633-4330.
Ongoing Dandelion House Offers Opportunities for ALL Abilities - Have a teenager on your hands? Dandelion House offers Saturday workshops for ages 16 and up. Current classes include Training for jobs and life, Recreation with the arts, Socialization with games and activities, and Fitness to try Yoga or Zumba. They are conveniently located in Jacksonville at 1512 King Street, near the Cummer Museum and the Riverside Art Market. www.dandelionhouse.org
October 9 through December 4 Special Needs Youth Basketball - The First Coast YMCA is hosting a basketball program for children with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Coaching will focus on success through positive engagement and teaching of fundamentals. For ages 6-12 on Thursday nights from 6-7pm. The cost is $50 per participant. Register online at firstcoastymca.org or by calling 904-543-9622.
October 9 through December 18 Social Skills Group: Sportsmanship Theme - Great Strides Rehabilitation has put together two groups for children with Asperger's or high functioning Autism. Open to ages 6-10 every Thursday night. Skills targeted will be winning and losing gracefully, following rules of games, joining peers, and taking turns. Contact Lauren at Gianino.saralauren@gmail.com or call Great Strides at (904) 886-3228 for more information or to receive an application.
October 11 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution at Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard for 4 lanes of fun! Educators and therapists are on hand to facilitate social interaction. This is a great activity for children and teens with Autism, and the parents enjoy connecting with other families. Meet Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
October 13 Toilet Training Seminar at CARD - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Principles, tips and helpful pre-requisites for the special needs child. For more information or to RSVP contact Elise at elise.summa@jax.ufl.edu. Parents must RSVP to attend.
October 18 5th Annual Flounder Pounder benefiting Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA). Awards will be given for three catagories; Big Fish, 3 Fish Aggregate and Junior Angler. Visit Flounderpounderjax.com for more information.
October 25 The Keystone Academy Superhero 5k and Mile Fun Run! Come as your favorite superhero and run, walk, or stroll in support of the kids at Keystone. Visit www.prsracetiming.com
October 25 Peer to Pier Fishing - Fishing off the Jacksonville Beach Pier. To Register: Mary Erickson-Verdi at inclusionsolution@gmail.com or 904-994-1005.
October 25 CARD Fall Family Festival - Join CARD from 11 AM to 2 PM for their annual Fall Festival at the UF Developmental Pediatric Center. This year will feature face painting, magicians, Mrs. Bubbles and more! Admission is free. For more information contact Karen at karen.auger@jax.ufl.edu.
October 25 Sensory Friendly Films: Book of Life - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10am. Click here for more information.
November 8 Autism Speaks Walk at the Jacksonville Landing. Save the Date.
November 8 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution at Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard for 4 lanes of fun! Educators and therapists are on hand to facilitate social interaction. This is a great activity for children and teens with Autism, and the parents enjoy connecting with other families. Meet Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
November 13-14 Teaching Language To Children with Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities - This two-day training will focus will be on utilizing B.F. Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behavior to assist in the acquisition of language skills for children with developmental disabilities. Participants will also receive training on effective teaching procedures and building instructional control. For more information contact jerichoschool@yahoo.com.
November 22 DogFest Walk'N Roll - Sponsored by Canine Companions for Independence, this family friendly, dog friendly, accessible, community dog walk benefits people with disabilities. Join them from 10 AM to 4 PM at Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville. Visit cci.org/dogFest for more details.
November 22 Peer to Pier Fishing - Fishing off the Jacksonville Beach Pier. To Register: Mary Erickson-Verdi at inclusionsolution@gmail.com or 904-994-1005.
November 29 Sensory Friendly Films: Home - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10am. Click here for more information.
December 13 Bowling Buddies - Join Inclusion Solution at Beach Bowl on Beach Boulevard for 4 lanes of fun! Educators and therapists are on hand to facilitate social interaction. This is a great activity for children and teens with Autism, and the parents enjoy connecting with other families. Meet Mary and her team at 12:30 pm. Register in advance by emailing inclusionsolution@gmail.com.
December 13 Sensory Friendly Films: Paddington - AMC & ASA are bringing families an opportunity to go to the movies in a safe accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights are brought up, sound is turned down, and families may bring their own snacks. Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 at the Regency Center Square. All viewings are held at 10am. Click here for more information.
Jan. 16-18, 2015 22nd Annual Card Conference - Orlando The Annual Statewide CARD Conference is Florida’s premier conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders for professionals and families. National experts and regional professionals offer informative and stimulating presentations on a variety of topics on research, innovation, and effective educational programs for people diagnosed with ASD. This year’s conference will be held January 16-18, 2015 at the Florida Hotel & Conference in Orlando. Registration is now open.
April 26, 2015 HEAL Zoo Walk For Autism! Save the date and plan to join HEAL at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Email us with suggestions at events@healautismnow.org. See you all for another fun filled day at the zoo!
Sept. 7, 2015 The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle! Join us for the 4th Annual Great Ponte Vedra Paddle benefiting HEAL. Stand Up Paddle board races, and an "Anything that Floats" Challenge make this fun for the whole family. See you at Mickler's Landing.
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