The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Raises $135,000 at “A Night to Shine” Gala in Foxborough

April 3, 2015

Corporate Sponsors and Prominent Supporters, and Community Leaders Come Together to Salute Families Affected by Autism 

Framingham, MA, (April 3, 2015) The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism announced today that “A Night to Shine” Gala, held Thursday, April 2, raised $135,000 to support local families affected by autism.  The Foxboro event brought together more than 275 donors, business professionals and autism community leaders in support of the Foundation, which serves some 5,000 families annually throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Southern California, and Canada.

“We are grateful for the generous support of so many local businesses and community members at this event,” said Doug Flutie, founder and president, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. “These funds will go a long way in serving more families to help them live life to the fullest.”

In addition to the milestone in funds raised, highlights from the evening included award presentations to individuals and companies whose achievements and commitment are furthering the cause:


  • Michelle & Bob Gay – After losing their daughter Joey in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the Gay family created Joey’s fund with the DFF to carry on their daughter’s legacy. In two years, Joey’s Fund has funded more than 36 grants totaling $130,000.


  • Jack Brait – The17-year-old from Marshfield, MA is achieving with autism. Having a love for puzzles that started at age 3, Brait is now one of only 14 people to have completed the largest puzzle in the world--a 32,000-piece project that weighs nearly 42 pounds.  Brait was recently inducted into the World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Hall of Fame.


  • TripAdvisor Foundation – The Foundation is a pioneering partner in the development of the Flutie Enterprise Spectrum, an adult employment program for young adults affected by autism that is expected to open in Spring 2014.


“We are proud to honor the people and organizations who are taking bold steps to impact families’ lives,“ said Lisa Borges, executive director, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.  “Their example shines a light on the progress we’re making together in the autism community and inspires us all to do more. “


The funds raised will support the organization’s mission of helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest through programs and partnerships that support access to care, active lifestyles and adult independence. For more information about the Foundation and its programs and partnerships, please visit

About The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism:

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism (DFF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest.  Through programs and partnerships, DFF helps people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence. The Foundation was established in 1998 by NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie, whose personal experience raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired their passion to help other families.  DFF serves families throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Southern California, and Canada. For more information on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, visit and find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at