2020 Dinner Dance Information

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much for all of us. Our normal routines have shifted in unpredictable ways, and our time spent with loved ones and friends has been interrupted with postponed, or even cancelled, celebrations.

Protecting the health and safety of all those we hold dear is paramount, so we made the decision to cancel our annual dinner dance this year. While we are disappointed that we are unable to hold this event, we ultimately felt it best to not take any unnecessary risks to you and yours!

However, the need is greater than ever for the autistic community so we will continue to honor Jack’s legacy by accepting grant requests and hold our annual raffle.


Have some fun shopping at Amazon for electronics, books, apparel – whatever strikes your fancy!

Raffle tickets have been mailed out . We understand these are difficult times, but if you are able, please return the completed raffle tickets no later than October 15 with your donation made payable to:

The Jack Fanning Foundation

106 Trinity Place

West Hempstead, NY 11552-1726

The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation is a 501(C)3 Charitable Organization. All contributions are tax deductible.


The 2021 dinner dance is scheduled for October 22, 2021.

Since its inception in 2001, the Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation has donated over $1.2 million to needy organizations to advance the lives of those with autism.  The following list includes some of the programs that have benefited from the generosity of our supporters and we are eternally grateful for their support:

Walk for NAAR
Long Island, NY and Charlotte, NC Chapters

3rd Annual Organization for Autism Research Conference
Washington, DC Event Sponsor

The Center for Discovery Ball
New York, NY Journal Ad Sponsor

AHRC Nassau
Camp Loyaltown Putt Putt Golf Course

Respite Programs

Get Fresh Health and Wellness Program
NSSA – Nassau/Suffolk Services for Autism

  • Capital School Building Campaign
  • Annual Dinner Dance Sponsor
  • Annual Golf Outing Sponsor
  • Annual Wine Tasting Sponsor

Deer Park Union School, NY
Special Needs After School Program

Learning Together – Best Buddies of NC
Preschool Program

Developmental Disabilities Institute
Project Grow – Horticulture Vocational Program

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children – Bayside, NY
Kids at Play Saturday Respite Program

Distinctive Dental Services of New York
Sedation dentistry for autistic children

FREE – Family Residences and Essential Enterprises
Peer mentoring program

Queens Services for the Autistic Community
Respite Services for Parent-Teacher meetings

SCO Family of Services
Individual Residential programming

Joshua’s Farm Therapeutic Riding Program
Charlotte, NC

Voyage for Autism Sponsor

Lighthouse Guild

East End Disability Associates

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York


Autism Society of North Carolina

First Responder Training

Catholic Charities of Staten Island

Wellness Program

Spectrum Designs

Occupational Program; Spectrum Suds Program


Therapeutic Riding

Mercy Home

Computer Equipment

The Bridges to Adelphi Program

Vocational Program

Eden II