Shindig to Benefit The Sanctuary

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

SHINDIG is an annual friend-raiser benefitting the Sanctuary on 8th Street

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
The Garden Club of Jacksonville, Inc.

Tickets: $50
Donations are accepted.
Tickets can be found at Eventbrite

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This year’s theme celebrates old Florida. Expect great food and drink, live music from Junco Royals, silent auction and an update on our amazing students.

SHINDIG is hosted by the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and J David Tax Law.

We hope you can join us at the Garden Club on September 20th for the Shindig! You can purchase your tickets and find more information here: View Event on Eventbrite.

Avondale 5k Classic

Avondale 5K Classic on Saturday, Oct. 19

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 1 Mile at 8:00 AM | 5K at 8:30 AM
The Shoppes of Avondale
For event information and registration details, find out more

Entry Fees
Through August 31st: $30 for 5K | $10 for 1 Mile
September 1st – Day of Race: $35 for 5K | $15 for 1 Mile

Online registration closes early. After online registration closes, you can still register in any 1st Place Sports store or on Race day.
Click Here to Register Online

Come out to run a 5K in beautiful Avondale and support the children at the Sanctuary on 8th Street. This course runs through Boone Park and along St. Johns Avenue. Fun for the whole family! Every participant will be entered into a drawing for bicycle donated by Open Road Bicycles.

This is a very scenic 5K course through Jacksonville’s historic Avondale district.

Map of the scenic 5k cource through Jacksonville's historic Avondale district.

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

Shindig to benefit the Sanctuary will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Garden Club.

The 11th Annual Avondale 5K Classic is Saturday, Oct. 19.

Check back for updates!