SHINDIG to Benefit The Sanctuary


Thank you to all the volunteers, donors, and friends of the Sanctuary who gathered at the Garden Club of Jacksonville for our annual fundraiser, the Shindig, on the evening of September 23rd! Each year, funds raised through the Shindig help ensure we can maintain and grow our youth programs, and serve our children to the best of our ability.

If you were unable to attend, we have posted videos below that were shared at the event.

The Shindig is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund.


Avondale 5K Classic - March 19th, 2022


The Sanctuary on 8th Street will partner with 1st Place Sports again to hold the Avondale 5K Classic, a scenic run through the historic Avondale neighborhood. There will also be a one-mile fun run. Please check back for more information.

Target Shopping Experience

 Target Shopping Experience

Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 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!

Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.

A donation of $75 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

September 23, 2021
Avondale 5K
March 19th, 2022
Target Holiday Shopping
December 15, 2021