Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Chasin' the Brews on Saturday, November 21!

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company

The Chase Academy partners with DeLand's Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company to raise funds to support our High School's accreditation efforts!  Our "celebrity" bartenders our pouring on their best efforts to get YOU to Tip for Autism!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 21st from 6 pm to 10 pm as local "celebrity" bartenders pour for YOUR tips to help Autism!  Your donations will determine who IS our Best Celebrity Bartender?!

Daniel Scire
Wells Fargo - Branch Manager
Our FIRST Celebrity Bartender Daniel Scire and his family are all long time Delandites!  Daniel grew up attending Stetson Baptist (where Ms. Mimi was his teacher!) before attending Deland High and Daytona State College. Many will recognize Daniel from his years as manager at Boston Coffee on New York Avenue or the Seminole Town Mall before joining Wells Fargo!

Two years ago Daniel re-established his relationship with The Chase Academy by nominating us for not one but TWO Community Grants, available through Wells Fargo Bank!  We were happy to receive these grant funds and to have Daniel back in touch!

Currently managing the Orange City branch, Daniel has a son named Austin, and he spends his free time running and traveling.  He recently returned from a long trip to Italy - the country of his people (mine too)!  IF YOU would like to donate in support of Daniel by "tipping" him online, just use our DONATE button, located on this page and tell us you're tipping Daniel in the comments!

Rachel Fleishman
Our SECOND Celebrity Bartender is Rachel Fleishman, long time Delandite and recent graduate of Rutger's University with her Bachelors in Communication.  Rachel also grew up in Deland and her parents are well-known.  Dr. Ivan Fleishman is a Psychologist whose private practice has been located in Deland for many years.  He works with many families on the spectrum and is a favorite guest speaker at our parent workshops!  Mom is an attorney, as are many of the Sands family; but best known may be grandma Renee Sands, who has led the Sands Theater, a community theater, for years.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys yoga, baseball and "reading a good book on the beach!"  IF YOU would like to donate in support of Rachel by "tipping" her online, just use our DONATE button, located on this page and tell us you're tipping Rachel in the comments!

Ben C. Collins
Founder of Collective Church
Our THIRD Celebrity Bartender Ben C. Collins is better known as the "mayor" of Deland! Ben is the founder and director of Collective Church, a congregation drawing people together on the thresholds of faith: those with their foot out the door and those hesitant to step in.  He is an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies department at Stetson University where he teaches Biblical Literature.

Ben and his wife Stacey have a four-year old daughter, June, and a one-year old son, Huck.  Ben is an athlete, musician, surfer and spends his free time eating, drinking and watching too much TV!  IF YOU would like to donate in support of Ben by "tipping" him online, just use our DONATE button, located on this page and tell us you're tipping Ben in the comments!

Come join the festivities on Saturday OR if you can't join us, tip your choice for Best Celebrity Bartender online!  Tip now, Tip often!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thank YOU Sponsors!!!

First Fun Friday of the Year!

As the Labor Day weekend marks the arrival of the new school year, I would like to take this moment to thank our COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS!  We can’t thank you enough, and I’d love to share with you what your financial support has made possible for our school!

This past academic year, our enrollment nearly doubled from our original 18 students to a year-end total of 32 enrolled students! We expanded our programs to include VPK students on the spectrum as well as our new high school – a class of 9th graders who have all now been promoted to 10th grade, with 100% student retention rate! This year’s biggest news is that we are applying for our high school accreditation! That means our students will graduate high school with the same SACS accreditation as a public high school, eligible for any college in the country!  Moreover, all of our high school students are BRIGHT FUTURE’S eligible so that most or all of their college is paid for by the State of Florida.

 This Fall, we continue many of our school’s annual traditions. We will have our Second Annual Science Fair, and we are intending to expand our competition to Volusia County for the first time. Also, students will once again perform in our annual Christmas Extravaganza!  Students dance, sing, tell jokes and spread holiday cheer in this one-of-a-kind talent show that our families love!  Of course, what would International Autism Awareness month be without our annual Chasin’the Blues fundraiser, held each April at Daytona’s legendary Bank & Blues Club? We are planning a repeat performance of our sold-out concert for celebrated blues pianist Victor Wainright.  Never before have we packed the house, with over 200 blues fans from all over the State of Florida!  Nor have we ever made more money at a single charitable event!

Now, more than ever, we need your financial support to help our students continue to have access our programs where diplomas and college can become a reality. We’ve got big plans for our students, and by partnering with you, we can make sure these kids become productive, contributing members of this community!Thank you once again for your support and please know we welcome your involvement in any capacity! By partnering with organizations like yours, we can shape our community’s future by changing the future for our students!

Please don’t hesitate to call or come by!

Miriam Lundell

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


THREE more days available for FALL REGISTRATION!

Call our Executive Director, Miriam Lundell, TODAY!  386-690-0893

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ADA Celebration

Join us in celebrating the ADA on July 22nd!
Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights.
Contact disAbility Solutions for Independent Living if you require tickets to the Jackie Robinson Ballpark game that is dedicated to the celebration (386-255-1812).

Friday, May 1, 2015


We are now accepting camper registration for our Summer Day Camp program!

Click here to download the flyer and the camper application.

Monday, March 9, 2015

An Intimate Evening with Victor Wainwright - A Benefit for The Chase Academy

Victor Wainright, Award-winning Blues Pianist

Celebrate International Autism Awareness, and show your support for The Chase Academy, on Saturday, April 4th at our 5th annual Chasin’ the Blues concert!

This year, we are kicking things up a notch with a private concert with award winning blues pianist Victor Wainright. Florida native and top ten artist, Victor Wainright, is the winner of the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" at the Blues Music Award ceremonies in 2013 and 2014.

This event is limited to 250 guests and is expected to sell-out as Wainright packs the house wherever he goes! Ticketing tiers are available as VIP Packages, reserved seating and general admission. 

Hosted once again by the recently renovated, historical The Bank & Blues Club on Main Street in Daytona Beach, this private venue is known for its superb music and intimate atmosphere. VIP guests will enjoy early seating at 7:00 pm, a private meet and greet with Victor, hot hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary drink. 

Not your typical event, guests will enjoy the opportunity to bid on art & sports memorabilia, restaurant and hotel gift packages, and local purveyors’ specialty items. All proceeds from this exclusive event will benefit the students at The Chase Academy.