A History Of The David Center

June 1997 - The son of Jim Pons and Dr. Patricia Elvir receives a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. A search is begun for information and services.
November 1998 - 24 people attend an impromptu meeting held in the waiting room of Dr. Elvir's pediatric office. The subject is the increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and the lack of community resources.
December 1998 - The idea is conceived for a single place that could provide information, support, and services for children on the autism spectrum in Nassau County. Dr. Elvir gives it a name: The David Center.
April 1999 - The David Center incorporates. Dr. Elvir speaks publicly in a forum with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to raise autism awareness and seek support for research.
June 1999 - 60 people attend a second David Center meeting held at George Martin Restaurant in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Regularly scheduled meetings are planned in the future for the purpose of "Networking and Sharing." .

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.           
June 2000 - Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie and wife Laurie join Honorary Board. 
October 2000 - First David Center seminar for Nassau County school superintendents held at Milleridge Inn in Jericho, N.Y.
David Center sponsors first N.A.A.R. Walk-a-thon. $500,000 is raised for Autism Research.

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.