A History Of The David Center
July 1999 - $600 is raised at The David Center's first fund raiser, a candle party sponsored by Partylite.
August 1999- A Board of Directors is formed.
September 1999 - New York Jets All-Pro Center Kevin Mawae becomes an Honorary Board member and spokesman for The David Center. He arranges for the team to make a donation to The David Center for every touchdown they score during the '99 season.
September 1999 - Website is created.
October 1999 - Standing-room-only for third Networking & Sharing Meeting held at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, N.Y. 150 people attend.
December 1999 - 501(c)(3) non-profit status is granted The David Center. By Laws and a Constitution are written and adopted. Jets players' wives benefit The David Center with fashion show at Bloomingdale's in Roosevelt Field.
January 2000 - $35,000 is raised at first major fundraiser: a cocktail party with sports memorabilia auction held at the Official All Star Cafe in New York City.
April 2000 - First issue of David Center newsletter published.
May 2000 - First "Bowling with the Jets" outing held at AMF Garden City Bowl in Garden City, N.Y.
November 2000 - Ex-New York Jet Marty Lyons Joins Honorary Board
December 2000 - David Center Opens Offices in Rockville Centre. Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Awards $15,000 grant to The David Center.
January 2001 - N.Y. Jets help to raise $17,000 in second year of "Touchdowns for Special Kids."
March 2001 - Second seminar for Nassau County school districts held at Westbury Manor. A cocktail hour and complimentary dinner is added to evening's program.
May 2001 - $20,000 raised at 2nd Annual Jets' Bowling Outing
June 2001 - David Center Recreational Play Dates for children with ASDs begin at John A. Anderson Recreation Center in Rockville Centre, N.Y., sponsored by a grant from CIBC Oppenheimer.
July 2001 - David Center receives state approval for planned Early Intervention Program.
October 2001 - Parent Support Groups begin regular meetings at David Center office.
November 2001 - David Center hosts first day-long educational "Saturday Seminar" at the DeMatteis Center of St. Francis Hospital in Old Brookville, N.Y. Dr. Tony Hollander is featured speaker.
December 2001 - Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation awards second major grant to TDC of $20,000.
January 2002 - Jets' "Touchdowns for Special Kids" program in third year raises $43,000 for The David Center.
February 2002 - Jayne Berg-Horner joins David Center as Educational Supervisor of Early Intervention Program.
March 2002 - Third dinner seminar for school superintendents and district personnel from Nassau and Suffolk counties held at Westbury Manor.