HEAL! Foundation Newsletter October 5, 2011
in this issue
:: HEAL Valley of Dreams Event a Great Success!
:: Cortello Salon Hosts Event Benefitting the HEAL Foundation
:: The Bolles High School Starts a HEAL Club
:: HEAL Fall Grants Deadline October 15th
:: Project Autism Hosts Old Jail Trick-or-Treat Trolley

HEAL Valley of Dreams Event a Great Success!

Thanks to the generosity of the PLAYERS Championship, PGA TOUR, TPC Sawgrass, our sponsors and donors, The HEAL Valley of Dreams Cocktail Reception and Charity Golf Classic was a huge success. The fundraiser raised upwards of $150,000 which will directly benefit those with Autism living in the Greater Jacksonville Area. Hundreds attended the Cocktail reception which featured music, local celebrities and a live and silent auction.

Several Jacksonville Jaguar's attended the two day event including Rookie Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Eugene Monroe, Zach Potter and Rashad Jenning and Ledger Douzable. PGA TOUR Players and past TPC champions, Fred Funk and Mark McCumber gave a short golf clinic and spent the day visiting the players on Dye's Valley Course during the HEAL Charity Golf Classic.

Because of the outpouring and the generosity of our community, HEAL is pleased to announce that $30,000 will be awarded for fall grants which will benefit local school classrooms, educational programs and team sports for those with Autism.

photo top: First Coast News Anchor and Board member Patty Crosby with NFL Jaguar Eugene Monroe and HEAL Interim Executive Director Linda Carzoli.

photo left: Surfboard / trip to Costa Rica Live Auction~ Kyle Walsh cartoonist with Sarah Lear artist/painter and avid surfer

Cortello Salon Hosts Event Benefitting the HEAL Foundation

Cortello Salon hosted a Black & White Gala June 24, to support The HEAL Foundation which raised over $4,000. Cortello Salon is an upscale hair spa & color bar located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. Once a month, the owner Courtney Costello hosts a fundraiser for a local non-profit's.

"Yes, times are tough, but there are people who have it worse! We are a local business and know how important it is to give back to the community and people. Our mission in business isn't to just crunch the numbers; it's to remember who we are, what we do, and why we do it. There is nothing more beautiful than giving back to a deserving cause - and nothing more satisfying then seeing the happiness you bring by doing something extraordinary" said Costello.

Courtney was inspired by Amy Groshell mother to a daughter with Autism. She saw how hard Amy worked and wanted to assist those with Autism. Amy's daughters paintings were among the many items featured in the silent auction.

The HEAL Foundation is proud to have friends like Courtney Costello in our community and encourages you to support her business and book your next appointment online: www.JacksonvilleBeachHairSalon.com 


The Bolles High School Starts a HEAL Club

Sarah Peyton and Parker Wilf are two caring and giving high school seniors who attend The Bolles School in Jacksonville FL. Sarah and Parker have formed the HEAL club to help local children, teens and adults with Autism living in the Greater Jacksonville Area.

The Bolles HEAL Club's main goal is to volunteer at some of the HEAL camps and events and raise Autism awareness among students. The club will also be assisting HEAL at their annual Zoo Walk and create a school fundraiser for HEAL.

Sarah Peyton and her mother Marcie have been volunteers for the HEAL Surf Camps over the years. The surf camp became the inspiration for Sarah and Parker to start a school club specifically to help HEAL. "It is heartwarming and rare to witness high students be proactive in helping kids less fortunate" said Co-founder Leslie Weed, "It sets a great example for others while giving their time and energy to assist those who struggle with Autism everyday".

The HEAL Chapter at The Bolles School is accepting membership and has plans to start a school fundraiser. For more information, contact Parker Wilf or Sarah Peyton at The Bolles School, Jacksonville FL.

HEAL Fall Grants Deadline October 15th

The HEAL Foundation will be accepting grant applications through October 15. This fall, This years fall grants will be reserved for school class rooms, educational equipment, special programs, and team sports. If you are interested in applying for a grant, the application is on the HEAL Grants page. All grants must be received by mail postmarked by October 15th. http://www.healautismnow.org/grants_apply.html

Project Autism Old Jail Trick-or-Treat Trolley

Get out the costumes and treat bags and come be our guest as we partner with the Old Jail Museum in St. Augustine. Join us at our 3rd Annual event for a great opportunity to give your child practice for trick-or-treating before Halloween. And who doesn't enjoy a trolley ride! Volunteers will be throughout the grounds of the Old Jail Museum, allowing our children to have several opportunities to fill their goody bags, get used to those costumes, and have a fun time!

There will be tours of the Old Jail Museum as well, so bring the entire family!

Please email us to reserve your seat on our ghoulish tour adventure at Awareness@ProjectAutismSJ.org

  • When: Saturday, October 22
  • Time: 10am-Noon
  • Where: Old Jail Museum 167 San Marco Ave St. Augustine, FL 32084 904-829-3800
  • RSVP: Awareness@ProjectAutismSJ.org
  • (904-716-6657 for any questions)


Thank you to our HEAL Heroes

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Again, we would like to thank you for your continued interest and support. Please write to us at HEAL Foundation, P.O. Box 140  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL  32082 or at www.healautismnow.org.


Linda Carzoli
Interim Executive Director HEAL Foundation

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