Save these dates for STAR 5K, Suwannee Paddle for Autism, & other events!

Published: December 21st, 2015

Category: Calendar, Fundraiser


We are excited to announce dates for several fun events in 2016!
More details about each event will be posted as they are available.

April 2, 2016
UF Marks World Autism Day
Watch for the special announcement at the Gator Baseball Game and also Century Tower will ‘Light It Up Blue’ for autism awareness month.

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April 2, 2016 5PM – 8PM
4th Annual A5K 
Organized by Always Support Kids 4-H Club
Location: Lanier Field, Madison, Florida
For more information go to



April 2, 2016 4PM – 8PM
World Autism Day Celebration
Organized by Outreach Autism Services-OASN
Location: Stevi B’s, 3101 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala
For more information go to


April 2, 2016 1PM -3PM
Family Fun! Autism Awareness Month
Organized by Painting with a Twist
Location: 618 NW 60th St., Ste B, Gainesville, FL
For more information go to

April 3, 2016 10AM
2nd Annual Paint the Wall for Autism Acceptance
Organized by Let’s Go 4 Kids
Location: 34th Street Wall, Gainesville
For more information go to

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Livestream of the Ninth Annual UJA-Federation of New York Hilibrand Autism Symposium Program:
“Lessons on Growing Up With Autism: A Focus on Advocacy, Employment & Sexuality”
Location: UF CARD Office, 2046 NE Waldo Road Suite 3200, Gainesville
View program details here:
Please contact Carole Polefko at if you plan to attend.

April 6, 2016 6PM – 7:30PM
Let’s Go! Support Group Meeting
Location: UF CARD Office, 2046 NE Waldo Road Suite 3200, Gainesville
For more information go to

April 11, 2016 3PM – 4PM
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism (Webcast)
Organized by the National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is holding a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month on April 11. John Donvan and Caren Zucker from ABC News will discuss autism’s past, including some new findings, and how rediscovering that past can advise the future for those who have autism, their families, and for those researching and treating it. As two journalists with a personal connection to autism, they aim to inspire acceptance of and support for people on the spectrum by telling their stories with honesty and compassion.
Link to webcast:
For more information go to

April 14th, 2016 6:00PM
Autism Parents of Suwannee County Meeting
Location: Live Oak Police Department
For more information go to

April 20th, 2016 6:00PM
Community Explorers Launch
Organized by Let’s Go 4 Kids in collaboration with UF CARD
Location: Pomodoro Cafe, 9200 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606
This program will provide hands-on training to participating families as we explore the community together!
***Register here by 4/14/16 if you would like to attend:***
Facebook event page:
This program is open to individuals of ALL AGES!


April 22, 2016 10AM – 12PM
Gainesville Autism Parent Support Focus Group
Organized by UF CARD
Location: The Flying Biscuit, 4150 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville
For more information contact Margie Garlin at 352-846-2762 or

April 23, 2016 10AM
3rd Annual OaSN Best Outcomes Autism Walk
Organized by Outreach autism Services Network Inc.
Location: Sholom Park 7110 SW 80th Ave, Ocala, Florida 34481
For more information go to or call 352-462-0168.

April 23, 2016 11AM  – 4PM
UF CARD Booth at Alachua Main Street Festival
Location: Main Street, Alachua, FL

***NEW DATE***
April 30, 2016 
8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run
9:15 a.m. 5K
Organized by Eastside High School Students Together for Autism Research (EHS STAR)
Location: Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3400 Southeast 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641
Online registration available here:

STAR 5K Flier yellow

STAR 5K Sponsorship Letter & Form

star 5k sponsor letter


April 30, 2016 Time: TBA
5th Annual Suwannee River Paddle for Autism
Location: Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, 828 NE Primrose Road, Mayo, Florida 32066
For more information go to:

Paddle down the Suwannee into the beautiful crystal-clear springs! Then enjoy free entertainment by The Saltwater Cowboys and Lucky Mud.
**9am – 12pm**
**12pm – 5pm**
Free Entertainment at the Suwannee River Rendezvous & Resort
Raffle Drawing
Prizes include:
–Ocean Kayak Caper (purchased from Strike-Zone of Jacksonville who donated a paddle and a seat)
—YETI 45qt cooler (from Bow to Stern Marine Svcs. in Mayo)
–2-night stay at the Suwannee River Rendezvous & Resort
If you would like to be a sponsor, please call 386-294-3322. You can also show your support by buying raffle tickets. Donations benefit students with autism in the local schools.







May 1, 2016 10AM – 1PM
Alachua’s First Annual Autism Awareness Day
Organized by J & B Autism Adventures
Location: Skinner Field, 15120 NW 141st Street, Alachua, FL
For sponsorship, booth, or more information please contact:, 352-792-7565
FREE Registration:





June 25, 2016 11AM – 3PM
Hernando County’s 5th Annual Autism Fest
Organized by The Inspire Foundation
Location: Frank W. Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd, Brooksville, Florida 34609
For more information go to

Autism Fest Flyer 2016