Support the Sanctuary on 8th Street

Join us for the Shindig 2023 on October 5.

Each year we hold our annual fundraising event, the Shindig, to ensure we can maintain and grow our youth programs. This year, volunteers, donors, and other friends of the Sanctuary will gather at the Brick and Beam, a beautiful venue in historic Springfield. Shindig offers a casual atmosphere, where guests can catch up over food and drink provided by local businesses, participate in a silent auction, enjoy live music and learn about what has been happening at the Sanctuary over the past year, as well as what's upcoming.

The Shindig is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Executive Director Rick Cartlidge, at

The event is Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 6 to 9 PM at the Brick and Beam. 1101 N Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206


THE PLAYERS Championship: 2023 Charitable Giving Opportunities

Planning to attend THE PLAYERS this year? You can purchase tickets through their Chip In For Charity program! Chip In For Charity is available for tickets purchased for Thursday, March 9th through Sunday, March 12th.

Use promo code SANCTUARYON8 to make sure $40 of your ticket purchase benefits the great kids at the Sanctuary on 8th Street. Program ends on February 24th.

Birdies for Charity logo

Another way to benefit the Sanctuary is through the Birdies for Charity program. Guess the number of birdies that will be made during the tournament for a chance to win $10,000. This requires a minimum $20 donation. Be sure to select Sanctuary on 8th Street as the beneficiary! Program ends on March 8th.

Avondale 5K Classic


Please join us for the Avondale 5K Classic on Saturday, April 22, 2023. This family-friendly event welcomes walkers, joggers, and runners of all ages on a route through beautiful historic Avondale. There will be a one-mile fun run at 8 AM, followed by the 5K at 8:30 AM. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street.

Target Shopping Experience

 Target Shopping Experience

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. 3:00-5:00 PM.

Target at 6331 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244.

We are always looking for volunteer chaperones to walk Sanctuary students around Target for a holiday shopping experience.

This event is such a happy time for the children on 8th Street!

In December 2022, we were able to bring more children to this experience than ever before. We had over 50 children attend, with over 50 volunteers.

Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.

A donation of $100 will sponsor a child for this event. Donations of any amount can be made online or by check mailed to P.O. Box 3301, Jacksonville, FL, 32206.

Summer In Sanctuary

Join us at Shindig to benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street

To benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street
Written and Performed by Al Letson, Storyteller
Directed by Rob Urbinati
Music by Willie Evans Jr.

Summer in Sanctuary is a solo show by performance poet, playwright, actor and public radio host Al Letson. Letson chronicles his summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a nonprofit serving children in Springfield. Funny, poignant and ultimately inspiring, Summer in Sanctuary will take you into the heart of a community and leave you with a better understanding of the world.
Told through monologue, poetry, song and sound-rich reporting, Summer in Sanctuary takes you beyond the statistics to reveal the unseen challenges and complexities facing students in underserved communities across the country.

About Al Letson
Al Letson is a playwright, performance poet, actor, public radio host and executive producer whose soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has received national recognition and built a devoted fan base. In 2008, Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union. The show received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award (2014) and three consecutive National Edward R. Murrow Awards (2012, 2013, 2014). Letson later joined the Center for Investigative Reporting to help launch and host public radio’s first investigative journalism show, Reveal. The show’s pilot, “The VA’s Opiate Overload,” won a Peabody Award (2013).

A true renaissance man, Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet where he established himself in the Poetry Slam community. This background seamlessly weaves spoken word into the fabric of his theater work. His plays and poetry have been performed on stages and TV screens across the country.

While his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is — a storyteller.

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Save the Dates

October 5, 2023
Target Holiday Shopping
December 13, 2023

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities for any of our events, please reach out to Executive Director Rick Cartlidge,