Dear Friends,

Our 2019 Gala & Auction is by far our most successful event ever! We are happy to report that we raised $77,000 for our school! It was an amazing evening of celebration as we greeted old friends and welcomed new ones to our Morning Star School family. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, our donors, our guests and our volunteers. Your generosity and support let us know how much you care about the children we serve.

Thank you for being part of our success!

Proceeds from this year’s Gala are directed towards our Annual Fund which helps “bridge the gap” between the actual cost to educate a child with learning challenges and/or intellectual differences and the average tuition. Our current school year “gap” is almost $3,000 per child. Your participation supports tuition assistance for families in need, technology, educational tools, field trips and so much more. Thank you!

Thank you Carla Cadoura, CMC Photography for capturing the evening’s special moments! Click HERE to view ALL photos!

Thank you EZ Photobooth for capturing the laughter that overflowed when the goofy hats and glasses went on!  Click HERE to view ALL photos!


  • ABET
  • Adventure Landing
  • Air Solutions
  • Ann Bohman
  • Annamaria Wilhelm
  • Aqua East
  • B.J. Szwedzinski
  • Bandele Onasanya
  • Barbara Powell
  • Becky Go
  • Ben Stein
  • Bishop Kenny High School
  • Blackstone Grille
  • Bok Tower Gardens
  • Brian Donovan & Family
  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • Captain Jack Sunset Sail
  • Casey Stamps
  • Cason Photography
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Charlotte Dooner
  • Chris & Katie Lane
  • Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Christopher Lopez
  • Christopher Martinez
  • Clay Shooting
  • Diana Galavis
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • CMC Photography
  • Coastal Cosmetic Center
  • Darrell Cope
  • Debra Ratliff Wallace
  • Deerwood Country Club
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Dinosaur World
  • Dogtopia
  • Dolphin Paint Correction & Auto Detailing
  • Elaine Borne
  • Eleven Wings Jewelry
  • Elizabeth Neville
  • Fe Reyes
  • Florida Plastic Surgery Group
  • Florida Theater
  • Game Time
  • Gary Daughtry
  • Ghostly Experience
  • Glen Kite
  • Gwen Manto
  • Happy Hounds Resort
  • Heather McCray
  • Hertha Hefner
  • Hyatt Regency River Front
  • Intuition Ale Works
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jacksonville Symphony
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • Jayson & Pam Williams
  • Jean-Paul Montoya
  • Jellie Acedo
  • Jennifer Higbee
  • Jerri & Kaelyn Lloyd
  • Jessica Bianchi
  • Joanne & Roy Leskanic
  • John & Susan Caven
  • Lawren Wacha
  • Lightner Museum
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • Kay Carroll
  • Kimberly Hall
  • Kingfish Grill
  • KOC Father Murphy Council
  • Kristi Bailey/Stowers
  • Lisa Renhack
  • Lissie Hurst
  • Madison Roberts
  • Marineland
  • St. Augustine
  • Martha Moreno
  • Mary Jacobi
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Michael Cascone
  • Mike & Sue Cavin
  • Msgr. Eugene Kohls
  • MOSH
  • Mr. Igor Berengolts
  • Mr. Mattox
  • Mr. William Manubag
  • Mrs. Beth Albry
  • Nothing Bunt Cakes
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • Painting With a Twist
  • Patricia Hagen
  • Planet Fitness
  • Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth
  • Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery
  • PRP Wine International
  • Publix
  • RC Uniforms
  • Rebekah Land
  • Richard Erickson
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • River & Post Restaurant & Roof Top Lounge
  • San Jose Country Club
  • San Marco Theater
  • Shannon Regil
  • Sharon Ray Cascone
  • Solomon Ventures
  • Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
  • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
  • St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
  • St. Augustine Scenic Cruise
  • St. Johns Golf & Country Club
  • Staci Richter
  • Stephanie Misener
  • Steve & Suzie Barsky
  • Stonewood Grill
  • Sue Ellen Mankins
  • Sun-Ray Movie
  • Susan Pietrusza
  • The 1910 General Store
  • The Galavis Family
  • The Great Escape Room
  • The Kamau Family
  • The Moss Fire Grill
  • The Ringling Museum
  • Theater Jacksonville
  • Tito's Homemade Vodka
  • Trader Joe's
  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Valarie Lee
  • Walt Disney World
  • Watson Realty
  • Wild Adventures Theme Park
  • Wild Florida Wild Life Park & Airboat Ride
  • William Quillen
  • World of Coca Cola
  • Wugene Kohls
  • Wyndham Resorts
  • Zen Cog

View Bishop Estevez
Welcome Video!
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 “Our Leaders”

Mike & Jenny Lehman

Swisher International

“Fearless Captain” 

Dennis & Sondra Tucker
Walsh Investment 

“Best Buddy”

Sherer Construction
Christ the King Church
Tracy & Greg Jones
Brad’s Glass Company
Coastal Cosmetic Center
Julia Hopkins Clothier
The Maynor Family
Evergreen Cemetery
KOC Father Murphy Council

“Heck of a Good Guy/Gal”
Danny Fernandez



The Haskell Building
111 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Fl 32202


Honorary Chairs
Mike & Jenny Lehman

Maria Johnson
Kerry Brophy

Paula Dodge

Auction Team 
Joann Leskanic
Stephanie Andry
Nancy Martinez
Jennifer Capri
Vonda Walker
Cassie Cotton
Barbara Wood

Online Bidding Team
Zack Dodge
Kristin Berengolts



Many of the children we serve have few school options. We have a responsibility to provide ALL children with a good education. An opportunity to enjoy school, to thrive, succeed, and earn a high school diploma.

Maria Johnson

Director of Development

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