10/29/20: Facebook Live featuring Thomas Ankner and Jacob Angelone
Welcome to our monthly Facebook Live show! Thank you for watching, commenting and supporting the Flutie Foundation – we are grateful for our incredible Facebook community. Tonight’s show will start with an exciting announcement. YOU could be a fan at the next Boston College vs. Notre Dame game! Purchase a cardboard fan cutout and you will be featured in the Doug Flutie “fan” section with the Flutie Family (in cardboard cutout form)! Click this link and use the promo code “Flutie” at checkout, and we will receive $3 for every fan purchased! https://bceagles.com/sports/2020/8/31/cutout-crew Next, we are proud to announce that our charity grant partners for Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K raised over $70,000 that was distributed immediately to help the autism community. We are thankful for our charity partner teams and their dedication to positively impacting the lives of people with autism. Our special guests tonight include: a sneak peak of Flutie Fellow Lavender Darcangelo’s most recent virtual concert. View the entire concert by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3kPKSTW Our first guest is an incredible high school athlete and scholar from Colorado, Thomas Ankner! He will share his experiences about being a top athlete with autism. Then, our grand finale will feature Jacob Angelone, a talented musician from Massachusetts who will provide musical entertainment and share his love of Boston Sports! Special shoutout to our great partners at Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America for hosting Doug and Laurie Flutie on their Facebook Live last week. You can view the entire live event by clicking their page!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
9/21/20: Facebook Live featuring Doug and Laurie Flutie and the Flutie 5K finish line!
Welcome to our special edition Flutie 5K Facebook Live hosted by Doug Flutieand Laurie Flutie! Did Dougie ever cross the finish line in Disney? Tune in to find out! We will recap the INCREIDIBLE virtual Flutie 5K – THANK YOU to everyone who ran or walked to get Dougie to Disney! We are grateful for your passion and support in helping people with autism live life to the fullest! Our Facebook Live will feature a virtual awards ceremony and the premiere of our newest Spectrum of Sound Disney Medley! Our 21st Annual Flutie 5K wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you Eastern Bank, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., @Mintz Brandshare and @G Greene Construction for your commitment to the autism community.
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, September 21, 2020
9/16/20: Facebook Live featuring Tom Ladka III and an update on the Flutie 5K
Welcome to our special Flutie 5K Facebook Live Show! Tonight’s show will feature an exclusive interview with our newest Flutie Fellow and the person behind all of the video content for the virtual Flutie 5K event, Tom Ladka III! We will then feature pictures and videos we received of runners and walkers who completed their 5K, and will end the show will a Disney performance by Flutie Fellow Lavender Darcangelo that you won’t want to miss! Congratulations to everyone who has completed their run or walk in Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K! There’s still time to register for this epic virtual event. Register now until 9/21 when our race week ends. This event would not be possible without the generosity of our event sponsors. Thank you for your commitment to the autism community Eastern Bank, Wegmans, BrandShare, Mintz and G. Greene Construction Co., Inc.! Click here to register now: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32795/dougies-epic-adventure-a-magical-flutie-5k
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9/12/20: Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K Kickoff Celebration
Tune in for the 21st ANNAUL FLUTIE 5K KICKOFF CELEBRATION! We are thrilled to virtually kickoff Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K on Facebook Live! Check out our Flutie Foundation staff 5K starting at Wegmans and finishing at Eastern Bank in Natick, MA! Thank you to two of our 5K sponsors and long-time partners for hosting our 5K run to send off Dougie to Orlando, Florida. Our kickoff features Flutie Fellows Mike Palmer and Andrew Roberts and a special, virtual singing of the National Anthem by superstar singer and autism self-advocate, Lavender Darcangelo. YOU CAN STILL REGISTER NOW! We need your help as a Flutie 5K runner or walker to get Dougie from Natick, MA all the way to his favorite ride at Disney World in Florida. Your participation will help to raise critical funds that will directly help people and families with autism. Thank you for supporting the Flutie 5K 21 years strong…LET’S GO! https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32795/dougies-epic-adventure-a-magical-flutie-5k
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Saturday, September 12, 2020
8/26/20: Facebook Live featuring Flutie 5K updates, Autism Alliance, Jeremiah’s Josey from Jeremiah’s Cooking Adventure, and rapper C-Quig
Excited to be back for our monthly Facebook Live show! The show will start off with Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K event updates. If you want your shirt by race week starting September 12, make sure to register TONIGHT: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32795/dougies-epic-adventure-a-magical-flutie-5k Our first guest is a long-time grant partner, Autism Alliance of MetroWest! We will hear from Co-Executive Directors, Pam and Allison, who will walk us through their experience adapting to virtual programming in the face of COVID. Tonight will also be the video premiere of our newest Flutie Fellow, Jeremiah Josey from Jeremiah’s Cooking Adventures, as he shares his delicious smoothie recipe with you, to fuel your 5K run or walk! Finally, our grand finale will feature rapper and musician, C-Quig! C-Quig, Charles, is a freshman studying music and is an up-and-coming rapper with autism! Click here to listen and purchase his EP, “Against All Odds” http://smarturl.it/aaocquig!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, August 26, 2020
8/12/20: Autism Insurance Resource Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Passing of ARICA Bill
Welcome to tonight’s celebration of the 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration of autism insurance coverage through the passing of the ARICA bill! Our Facebook Live event, co-hosted with The Autism Insurance Resource Centerr will feature influential speakers and autism advocates whose inspiring work continues to have an impact in the autism community to this day! COMMENT throughout the show in celebration of the incredible achievements for autism insurance coverage and for the hope of the work still to be done. Guest speakers include Governor Deval Patrick, Susan Habchy of Alternatives ABA, Inc., Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mary Lou Sudders, Michael Borr of AFAM – Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, Lisa Borges of Anchor Foundation Consulting, Lori Unumb of Council of Autism Service Providers – CASP, Oanh Bui of the Circle of Vietnamese Families, Larry Cancro, Senior VP of the Boston Red Sox, Yahaira Lopez of Autism Sprinter, Barbara L’Italien who was the lead sponsor of ARICA, Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, Lisa Harris who is a parent and advocate, and Judith Ursitti of Autism Speaks!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, August 12, 2020
7/21/20: Facebook Live featuring Philip Scott from American Ninja Warrior, Judith Ursitti of Autism Speaks, Polyvios Christoforos and Anelise Diamond Merrihew
We are so excited to be back for our monthly Facebook Live show! We have an action-packed, informational and entertaining show ahead. Thank you for tuning in to bring together the autism community – we hope you’re all doing well! Up first, Philip Scott from American Ninja Warrior will start the show for us to tell us about his physically demanding live performance on American Ninja Warrior. Then, Judith Ursitti of Autism Speaks will provide critical state and federal coronavirus updates and how it impacts people and families affected by autism to keep you up-to-date with important information. Next, Polyvios Christoforos of Polyvios’ Paintings will join us to share his incredible artwork and the book he wrote and illustrated! Finally, the grand finale of our show will feature Anelise Diamond Merrihew of Anelise Music, Joy & More who will perform acapella songs and share her story and musical talent. To register for Dougie’s Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K, click here: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/32795/dougies-epic-adventure-a-magical-flutie-5k To support an amazing Dougie’s Team @Falmouth Road Race runner, click here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/doug-flutie-jr-foundation-for-autism1
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
6/24/20: Facebook Live featuring “Team Ty” documentary and Dylan and Ty Whalen
Thanks for watching tonight’s show! To start off the night, we will be joined by the stars from “Team Ty,” a documentary about Dylan’s sibling relationship with his brother Ty who has autism, that will be released Thursday at 7 pm ET produced by Nick Rocca! To watch the premiere of “Team Ty” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UIR6kDUXfU Then, superhost Nick Savarese will recap the epic Night to Shine Virtual Gala & Concert that happened a week ago! Thank you to everyone who sponsored, donated, watched and bid to make it a fantastic event! This show will kick off a new summer schedule of having our Facebook Live show once a month. Thanks for watching!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6/10/20: Facebook Live featuring preview of our 2020 Night to Shine Virtual Gala & Concert and Cierra Reynolds
Tonight’s Facebook Live will be a sneak preview into our 2020 Night to Shine Virtual Gala & Concert sponsored by Eastern Bank and hosted by Doug Flutie and Laurie Flutie! We will share about our exciting guests featured in our FREE gala program, and our very own Terri Ladka, Director of Development, will join us so you can learn how to register for the event and bid on our exciting silent auction! Then, Cierra Reynolds from our virtual choir Spectrum of Sound, will close our show with her showstopping musical talent! Click here to register for an inspiring gala and concert on June 17 at 8 pm ET that you won’t want to miss! https://flutiegala.givesmart.com
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, June 10, 2020
6/3/20: Facebook Live featuring Simone Greggs and Spectrum of Sound, virtual choir, singing “Lean On Me”
Thank you for watching tonight’s Facebook Live show tonight. We hope to continue learning, listening and taking actionable steps towards equality, inclusion and respect for all. Thank you to Simone Greggs for taking the time to join us on tonight’s show to share your message as an African-American woman and autism mother. We will close the show with the official debut of “Lean On Me” Cover performed by our virtual choir and autism self-advocates, Spectrum of Sound, will be posted immediately after the Facebook Live show. Here is the link to register for this year’s Night to Shine Virtual Gala and Concert sponsored by our long-time partners at Eastern Bank: https://flutiegala.givesmart.com
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, June 3, 2020
5/27/20: Facebook Live featuring Boston Ability Center, Jeremiah Josey and Stefano Micali
Thanks for tuning in to tonight’s Facebook Live show! To start tonight’s program, a group of great occupational therapists from Boston Ability Center will join us to share how their services have adapted in the face of COVID with telehealth and other resources! Then, we will show amazing follow-up videos from our grantee partner, REED Foundation for Autism after they received a grant! One of our special guests tonight is Jeremiah Josey, from Jeremiah’s Cooking Adventures, an aspiring pastry chef will join our show to tell his story and share his message of hope. Finally, Stefano Micali, musician and self-advocate, will close the show with his grand finale sing-along to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me!”
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
5/20/20: Facebook Live featuring Michele Gay with our 2020 Joey’s Fund announcement, AccesSport America, Abigail Beaudry, and Patrick Linehan
We are excited to be back with our Facebook Live show on Wednesday at 8 pm ET! Tonight’s show will start Michele Gay joining us to help announce this year’s Joey’s Fund Grant disbursement of $50,000 to provide direct financial support to 45 families! Then, our partners at AccesSportAmerica will be on, followed by a special check presentation with the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center. Then, Massachusetts author and self-advocate, Abigail Beaudry will share about her first book! Finally, the grand finale will feature virtual choir member Patrick Linehan with a great piano song!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
5/11/20: Facebook Live featuring Atlantic Subaru, Mike Palmer and Reece Arnold
Tonight’s show will start with a very special thank you to one of our great partners and sponsor of our show tonight, Atlantic Subaru, for their incredible donation of $27,000! We partnered with their “Share the Love” campaign and want to thank them for their generous support to the autism community! Next, Flutie Fellow, Mike Palmer will join the show to share his inspirational message during this time. Then, ten random moms who were nominated for Mother’s Day on our Facebook post will receive a gift card – tune in to see if your name gets chosen. Finally, our show will end with Reece Arnold, business owner author and musician! *Note, we will contact the randomly selected moms so they can privately message us their addresses!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, May 11, 2020
5/7/20: Facebook Live featuring Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Tesha Thibodeau
Thank you for tuning in to tonight’s Facebook Live show! We are at about the two month point of hosting these Facebook shows, and we are extremely grateful for your continued support during these difficult times. Starting the show will be Kit from Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center – BCNC who will talk about what BCNC is doing in the face of coronavirus for the autism community. Then, to close our show, Tesha Thibodeau, self-advocate, will perform two songs for our entertainment portion!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Thursday, May 7, 2020
5/4/20: Facebook Live featuring Bridgewell, Kyle Grossman (marathoner), and Mike Kelley from SOMA
We are so excited for tonight’s special show, right before Giving Tuesday! Judith Doherty from Bridgewell will be kicking off the show to share the exciting virtual activity classes they are hosting for people with autism. These classes bring joy and unity in this time of social isolation for people with autism. Next, our very own Flutie Fellow and marathoner, Kyle Grossman will join us to share his running and Boston Marathon experience. Finally, Mike Kelley from Special Olympics of Massachusetts will close the show to share his experience during this time hosting podcasts and Zoom athlete chats. https://bit.ly/flutiecovid
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, May 4, 2020
4/30/20: Facebook Live featuring the Singers and Producer of “We Are the World”
We are very excited to end Autism Awareness Month with an incredible panel of our Facebook Live guests, who just completed a viral virtual choir video of “We Are the World!” If you haven’t seen the song yet, you can tune in tonight to watch and hear from the producer of the video and all of the singers! Thank you to everyone who made this Autism Awareness Month a month of action. Thanks to your support, donations and engagement on social media, the Flutie Foundation has been able to immediately help people and families with autism affected by the coronavirus. Enjoy tonight’s show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq7EPfyTCUo&feature=youtu.be
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Thursday, April 30, 2020
4/27/20: Facebook Live Show featuring John’s Crazy Socks, Lavender Darcangelo and Premiere of “We Are the World”
Tonight’s Facebook Live show will start off with John and Mark from John’s Crazy Socks! They will talk about why they started their business and about our partnership with the Autism Can Do Scholarship! Then, we will unveil our “We Are the World” video and Flutie Fellow Lavender Darcangelo will join us to talk about her experience working on this project! Thanks for tuning in! SHARE “We Are the World” now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq7EPfyTCUo&feature=youtu.be
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, April 27, 2020
4/23/20: Facebook Live featuring Flutie the Community Resource Dog for the Sharon, MA PD, SafetyNet Tracking Systems, Wilmington, MA and Reading, MA PD and Singer Gina Incandela
We are so excited for a packed show tonight, that will honor and thank our incredible police partners who work the frontlines every day to keep their communities safe. Our show will feature Sergeant Adam Leavitt from the Sharon, MA Police Department with Community Resource Dog, Flutie, our partners from SafetyNet Tracking, 2 autism police patch fundraisers from Wilmington, MA Police Department and from Reading, MA Police Department and the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department! Finally, our show will end with Gina Incandela who will perform live entertainment!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Thursday, April 23, 2020
4/20/20: Facebook Live featuring the 2020 Boston Marathon Dougie’s Team with a Special Surprise Flutie Guest
Tune in for a very special tribute to our incredible 2020 Boston Marathon Dougie’s Team! Watch tonight to hear from our incredible runners who would have been finished the Boston Marathon by now, but instead, due to coronavirus, it is postponed to September 14. Dougie’s Team has a very special announcement that will directly help people and families with autism during the COVID-19 crisis.
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, April 20, 2020
4/16/20: Facebook Live featuring Michelle Jenkins from Bryce’s Journey and Jodi DiPiazza
We have an awesome show tonight, starting off with Michelle Jenkins from Bryce’s Journey who will talk about what her nonprofit is doing to help families with autism during this time. Then, Jodi DiPiazza, singer, composer and autism advocate will take the stage to sing 2 songs! Thanks for tuning in!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Thursday, April 16, 2020
4/13/20: Facebook Live featuring Mike and Sandra Anastasi of Spectrum for Hope and Max Baumeister
Here is the full Facebook Live video from tonight’s show featuring Mike and Sandra Anastasi from Spectrum For Hope helping to make the announcement that the Flutie Foundation and Spectrum for Hope are joining forces! Then, 11-year-old drummer, Max, joined us with his dad Larry and Max did a spectacular drum performance! Also, Flutie Foundation friend Tyler Lagasse made a special mid-show video appearance!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Monday, April 13, 2020
4/10/20: Facebook Live featuring Ellen Fitzpatrick and Cierra Reynolds
Thank you for tuning in to tonight’s Facebook Live Show! Nick will start tonight’s show with some good news stories of the week, and then will turn it over to our very own Ellen Fitzpatrick who will talk about her quarantine blog helping families with children with autism during this time. Then, Cierra Reynolds is joining us with 2 special songs that you won’t want to miss!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Friday, April 10, 2020
4/7/20: Facebook “Live” featuring Amy Weinstock and Andrew Clover
Due to technical difficulties, we sadly were unable to go Live on Facebook. However, please watch what you would have seen on our Facebook Live tonight! Starting the show is Amy Weinstock from The Autism Insurance Resource Center, and she gives great updates about insurance and telehealth. Then, our very own Andrew Clover talks about his many jobs, including at Wegmans and at the Flutie Foundation through Flutie Spectrum Enterprises doing work for Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc.! Comment below as if this were a live! So sorry for the technical difficulties, we will try to be back on Friday at 8 pm ET!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
4/3/20: Facebook Live featuring Maura Sullivan, Lisa Collins and Connor Thompson
So excited for tonight’s Facebook Live! Maura Sullivan from The Arc of Massachusetts will kickoff the show to discuss state and federal policy and share perspective as an autism mom. Lisa Collins, our very own Director of Programs and Operations will share a special grant announcement, and Connor Thompson will close our show with two musical performances and will share his incredible photography blog! Thanks for tuning in to bring the autism community together during this time.
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Friday, April 3, 2020
3/31/20: Facebook Live featuring the Flutie Family, Jamie Piro, Patrick Linehan and Andrew Roberts
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Tune in to see Doug Flutie and Laurie Flutie on tonight’s Facebook Live show! We have a jam packed program tonight, including hearing a solo from Jamie Piro, a special piano and vocal rendition from Patrick Linehan and an exclusive interview with the Flutie’s hosted by Flutie Fellow Andrew Roberts! Tune in, share and post your comments and questions. Thank you for helping us continue to bring the autism community together during this time through our Facebook Live!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
3/27/20: Facebook Live featuring Susan Senator and Helen Coppenrath
We here for our twice weekly Facebook Live show! Excited to feature autism mom and author, Susan Senator, who will join us with her family and share important resources for staying at home during COVID-19. Halfway through our show, Helen Coppenrath, music prodigy, will perform 2 saxophone songs!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Friday, March 27, 2020
3/24/20: Facebook Live featuring Judith Ursitti and Stefano Micali
Tune in for our exciting 4th episode of our Facebook Live show!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
3/19/20: Facebook Live featuring Lavender Darcangelo
Excited to have viral singing sensation, autism self-advocate and Flutie Fellow, Lavender Darcangelo, on tonight’s Facebook Live show! Tune in to hear her sing and a special announcement from Nick Savarese, Executive Director!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Thursday, March 19, 2020
3/17/20: Running Forward Together: A Boston Marathoner and Autism Sprinter Executive Director
We are excited to sit down tonight with Mike Palmer, Flutie Fellow and Boston Marathon runner in the first part of our Facebook Live series! Around 8:15, we will be joined by Yahaira Lopez a mom and autism community leader from Autism Sprinter!
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3/15/20: From Isolation to Celebration featuring Rachel Barcellona
We’re so excited to launch our new Facebook Live series! Tonight we are doing a virtual hangout with Nick Savarese and Rachel Barcellona – The Ability Beyond Disabilities.
Posted by Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism on Sunday, March 15, 2020