Recent Foundation News
The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development was named one of three beneficiaries of the 2017 Dancing for the Space Coast Fundraiser through the Brevard County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, July 6th at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club during the check presentation ceremony for the 2016 event beneficiaries! The event will take place at Florida Institute of Technologies' Clemente Center on June 3rd 2017; the other local charities that will benefit next year include the Children's Advocacy Center and the King Center for the Performing Arts. We are thankful and excited for this opportunity which will help us to expand our fully funded education, sports and arts programs!
July 1, 2016: The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development was nominated for the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards; we are excited to share this video in support of this nomination for this prestigious award! For more information on the Roslyn S. Jaffe awards which honor the achievements of non-profit organizations that empower women and children, please visit their website: www.jaffeawards.com
May 20, 2016: Founders Ted and Melissa Parker visited The Little Yellow Schoolhouse in Isla Mujeres, Mexico to learn more about their story and to bring donations of much needed supplies and materials. The school specializes in educating children with a variety of special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. They operate solely on donations and community support to give a formal education to children that are unable to keep up in the typical Mexican schools; the school has an 85% rate of getting their students caught up and integrated back into the public school system!
The Parker Foundation looks forward to continuing to shine a light on Autism efforts in developing countries and around the world, to help increase awareness and build support for children and families on a global scale.
May 16, 2016: Co-Founder Melissa Parker was awarded the title of Mrs. Mississippi International 2016! In her efforts to spread awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders and to help build free resources for children and families across the U.S.and Internationally, Melissa chose to represent a state that was not yet represented with a commitment to volunteer in the state monthly while holding the title. She recently visited the MS Center for Behavioral Sciences, the Mississippi Children's Museum, Batson's Children's Hospital and ran a 5k Mud Run to support TEAAM Autism. She will be volunteering at Kamp Kaleidoscope, a summer camp for children and adults in Mississippi with ASD's and related disabilities in June. July she will be competing in the 2016 Mrs. International Pageant along side 62 other women from around the globe!
May 8, 2016: The Parker Foundation benefits from x 11th Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit event: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/sports/2016/05/08/kiwi-crowns-champions-prize-money-soars-next-year/84123632/
The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development was mentioned in an article in the Florida Today's Style Section on February 21st 2016
"Local drummer Jay DiBella teaches kids with autism the magic of music" http://on.flatoday.com/1TxvfzE
November 13, 2015: The Parker Foundation partnered with Space Coast Field of Dreams, a 501c3 non-profit organization that built and is operating an all-access, multi-sport park in West Melbourne, Florida to play a strong role in their community playground build. Here: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/community/2015/11/12/field-dreams-community-build-project-underway/75520840/
Current and Upcoming Events 2016
For more information on upcoming events, please contact us!
Saturday, January 9th was a big day of fun at the Grand Opening of the Space Coast Field of Dreams!
We had a great time playing soccer on the brand new fully accessible soccer fields, meeting families and watching children of all abilities join in together in many different activities, sports and on the playground. If you haven't been out there yet to check it out, you should!
THANK YOU BCSO! The 3rd Annual 3rd Annual JAILBREAK Brevard Adventure Race was a huge success and we were proud to be a part of this awesome event.
The race was held Saturday, October 17th from 8am to 4pm at the Brevard County Jail Complex.
As one of 3 beneficiaries for this charity event, we volunteered at the start/finish line distributing water and snacks to all participants. We also had a great turnout on our team and had a blast running it together!
Thank you to all participants for being good sports and getting muddy, wet, and taking a hit or two, to not only support The Parker Foundation but also the Brevard Field of Dreams and United Way.
YOU are the best!!! Hope, Believe, Achieve!!
See you all out there next year!
Podcast of the interview with WFIT's Terri Wright on Coastal Connections and
The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development
Founders Ted and Melissa Parker is up!
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for the foundation as well as the
3rd Annual Jailbreak 5k Adventure Race
The interview was aired on October 13th, 2015