Published on November 17th, 2022 | by University Communications


Jacksonville Center hosting ‘Polar Express’ fundraiser for Shades of Autism Parent Network

The Jacksonville Education Center is hosting Polar Express Family Night Out, a fundraiser for Shades of Autism Parent Network Inc., 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, December 16.

The train departs from the Jacksonville Education Center across from The Home Depot at Oakleaf Town Center, 9775 Crosshill Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32222.

Two special cars are available:

  • The Hot Chocolate Car—children’s party—Dress your child (ages 4 to 12) in their favorite holiday pajamas as they watch The Polar Express movie, enjoy making popcorn balls, and other activities. A meal is included.
  • The Dancing/Dining Car—parents only—Parents are invited to dress in their holiday best for a night of fun including trivia, games, music, dancing, and a photo booth. There will be a silent auction and raffle tickets will be sold. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.

Ticket prices are $15 for a parent and $10 for a child. Ticket bundles also are available:  $20 for a family of two (one child and one parent); $35 for a family of three (any combination); and $50 for a family of four (two children and two parents). Tickets may be purchased at

For more information, contact Urrikka Woods today at or (301) 768-1847.

Shades of Autism Parent Network Inc. is a Florida nonprofit organization that provides peer support to diverse communities with children with autism spectrum disorders. It is a family support services agency that delivers in-person and virtual care, consulting services, child care services, and fun events to help families thrive.

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