Also inside: Information on spring grant applications, and an outpouring of support from our community!
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— April 2016 —


HEAL Zoo Walk for Autism
HEAL Autism Walk @ The Zoo

Registration is open for this year's HEAL Autism Walk @ The Zoo on April 30th!

We can't wait to see you at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Register online now and form a team, make a page, and start recruiting friends and family to join HEAL as we Walk on the Wild Side! Click here to register.

Following the walk it's a "Bubble-Goo Party with Nick" on the Great Lawn. Emmy-nominated host and John Travolta’s longtime stunt double, Nick Loren, will host the party with music, bounce houses, face painting and millions of bubbles. Farful Foolong will join Nick with their interactive live show performance of his children’s book series, "Farful Foolong of Oolong Panshoo."

HEAL will award prizes for the top four fundraising teams, an opportunity to direct a grant to your favorite school or autism organization.
  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $750
  • 3rd place: $500
  • 4th place: $250
Top fundraising schools will be awarded iPads.
  • 1st place: 3 iPads
  • 2nd place: 2 iPads
  • 3rd place: 1 iPad
All funds raised through this event go back into our community as grants to schools, programs and camps for individuals with Autism on the First Coast.
Registration & Information

Starry Skies & Butterflies Raises $300,000 for Autism Programs

Jim Meyer and Kim Witt win the Michael Jordan painting.
The HEAL Starry Skies & Butterflies and Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig were a smashing success, bringing in a whopping $300,000 for the Autism community. "We are overwhelmed by the positive energy and outpouring of support at this annual event. The real winners are those affected by Autism and their families," said HEAL Executive Director Jason Gurka.

World-renowned speed performance painter Garibaldi executed two paintings, Michael Jordan and the Statue of Liberty, which brought in $20,000. The live auction raised nearly $100,000. Four hundred guests enjoyed delicious food, libations, live music and dancing to performance band the "Boogie Freaks."

On Friday, February 24, Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig was held on Dye’s Valley Course. Players were greeted on the practice tee with Bloody Marys, coffee, and breakfast. Over 100 golfers enjoyed a spectacular day on the course. Following golf, participants were treated to awards and lunch in the TPC Clubhouse.
Proceeds from the HEAL event will go towards a myriad of Autism programs, summer camps, the arts, iPads and Autism Service Dogs. Since 2007, HEAL has provided nearly $2 million, helping the Autism community throughout Northeast Florida.

View Lanier Weed's video that was featured at the event.

Griffis Gas Truck Wrapped with HEAL Logo

Leslie Weed and Jason Gurka giving out iPads at Little Star Center
Griffis Gas Truck — "Wheelin' & HEALin'"
Local gas company Griffis Gas recently wrapped one of its new trucks with the HEAL butterfly, logo, and "You Donate We Match – Text AUTISM to 77948." Griffis Gas will match your donation to the HEAL Foundation up to their annual goal of $10,000!
Hank Griffis recently joined the HEAL Board of Directors, and his son Blake is president of The Young HEALers, a newly formed junior board for HEAL. "Griffis Gas wanted to do something philanthropic for local charities. Our family has known Bobby and Leslie Weed for 30 years, we felt HEAL was the perfect charity for us to support." Hank and sons Blake and Matt came up with the idea of wrapping a new truck with HEAL's logo.
Support Griffis Gas and be on the lookout for the "Wheelin’ & HEALin'" Griffis Gas truck in your neighborhood!

HEAL Granting $50K and iPads to Local Teachers — 
Deadline April 15

Leslie Weed and Jason Gurka giving out iPads at Little Star Center
HEAL Grant Recipient — Henderson Haven's "Camp Possible"
HEAL is now accepting grant applications for summer camps and recreational activities. These mini grants are capped at $2,500. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, HEAL has granted over $1.7 million to provide over 150 grants for assistance to those affected by Autism throughout Northeast Florida. The HEAL grants impact a huge population of children, teens and adults with Autism through schools, specialized summer camps and programs. We are grateful and honored to be aligned with a great outpouring of support, which allows us to continue our mission of serving our Autism community.

Teachers in greater Jacksonville area school districts may apply for iPads. HEAL has distributed 200 iPads to local ESE classrooms. The iHEAL initiative — iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives — will give teachers enhanced tools to communicate, teach, and reward their students. Teachers, please click here to download the iHEAL application.

If your organization is interested in applying for a HEAL grant, please visit our website to download a grant application. Also listed on our website is a list of previous grants awarded from 2007 to 2016. Deadline for grants is April 15.
Apply Now

Save the Date

Apr. 30, 2017 – HEAL Autism Walk @ The Zoo

This annual walk is a great way to see the Zoo, catch up with old friends, and make new ones! Plan to join HEAL and take a “Walk on the Wild Side” at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Don’t miss the Afterparty with Patty Crosby, face painting, bouncy houses and more!

Sep. 4, 2017 – Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Benefitting HEAL

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