On behalf of Morning Star School and Honorary Chairs Mike and Jenny Lehman, we invite you to Join us for an Evening in Old Havana!  Enjoy Cuban Inspired cuisine, mojitos, casino games, a cigar bar, dancing and lots of fun auction items – all for a great cause! 100% of the funds we raise help children with learning differences and intellectual disabilities. Tickets are $75 per person and there are many sponsor opportunities.  Enjoy a memorable evening in support of a great cause! Purchase Your Tickets HERE!

Can’t make it to the event? No problem. You can bid on items from wherever you are! Click HERE to create your account and bid remotely… from your mobile phone! It’s fun, easy and the next best thing to being there!

Proceeds from this year’s Gala are directed towards our Annual Fund which help “bridge the gap” between the actual cost to educate a child with learning differences and/or intellectual disabilities and the average tuition. Our current school year “gap” is $2,450 per child. Your participation supports tuition assistance for families in need, technology, educational tools, field trips and so much more. Morning Star School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contact Maria Johnson, Director of Development at development@morningstar-jax.org to discuss how you can help.

Sponsors are the “drivers” of our Success!
There’s something special about Cuba’s classic cars! Pick your favorite and help us raise more money!

$10,000 (2 available)
Obtaining our Presenting Sponsors is key to our success! Your name/logo prominently integrated into all marketing materials including invitation, online/print/social media and PR exposure. Our Presenting sponsor receives a full-page advertisement in the evening’s event program. Enjoy the night with two (2) reserved premium location tables for 16 total guests.


5,000 (2 available)  CASINO & CIGAR SPONSORSHIPS SOLD! 

Our Leaders help us cover costs! Guests will remember, and thank you, as they sip their Mojitos, smoke a cigar, enjoy the casino and take fun photos! Your name/logo will be prominently featured at the selected area. Sponsors also receive online/social media/PR exposure and space in our evening’s program. Enjoy the night with one (1) reserved premium location table for 8 total guests.

More Sponsor Opportunities…
Help a teacher or parent attend the event. And support our Tuition Assistance Fund for a family in need!

 EL SOCIO” (The Greatest Partner) $5,000

One reserved VIP table for eight (8) and four (4) “Sponsor a Teacher/Parent” tickets, your name/logo on event materials, full page recognition in gala program, display signage at event with recognition on website/social media. $2,000 to be directed towards our Tuition Assistance fund for a child/family in need.

“EL CAPITAN” (Our Fearless Captain) $2,500

Six (6) VIP tickets, two (2) “Sponsor a Teacher/Parent” tickets, your name/logo on all event materials, ½ page recognition ad in gala program, display signage at event with recognition on website/social media, $1,000 to be directed towards our Tuition Assistance fund for a child/family in need.

“EL AMIGO” (Our Closest Friend) $1,250

Four (4) VIP tickets, one (1) “Sponsor a Teacher/Parent” ticket, your name/logo on all event materials, ¼ page recognition ad in gala program, display signage at event with recognition on website/social media. $500 to be directed towards our Tuition Assistance fund for a child/family in need.

“COMPANERO” (Our Best Buddy) $500

Two (2) VIP tickets, one (1) “Sponsor a Teacher/Parent ticket, your name/logo on all event materials, display signage at event with recognition on website/social media. $200 donation to be directed towards establishing a Tuition Assistance fund for a child/family in need.

“BUENA GENTE” (One Heck of a Guy/Gal) $250

I can’t make it but put my money to good use! Your name/logo on all event materials, display signage at event with recognition on website/social media.

Thank you to our donors!

  • A Ghostly Experience Walking Tour
  • ABET - All Beaches Experimental Theater
  • Ann Bohman
  • Barbara Powell
  • Becky Go
  • Ben Stein
  • Blackstone Grill
  • Bok Tower Gardens
  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • Captain Jack Sunset Sail
  • Casey Stamps
  • Cason Photography
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chris & Katie Lane
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Coastal Cosmetic Center
  • Dinosaur World
  • Elaine Borne
  • Elizabeth Neville
  • Evergreen Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematory
  • Florida Theater
  • The Galavis Family
  • Gary Daughtry
  • Happy Hounds Resort
  • Heather McCray
  • Hyatt Regency River Front
  • Intuition Ale Works
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jacksonville Symphony
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • Jellie Acedo
  • Jessica Bianchi
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • Kim Maynor
  • Kimberly Hall
  • Kingfish Grill
  • Kristi Bailey/Stowers
  • Lawren Wacha
  • Lightner Museum
  • Lisa Renhack
  • Lissie Hurst
  • Martha Moreno
  • Mary Jacobi
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament USA
  • MOSH
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roy Leskanic
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Quillen
  • Mr. William Manubag
  • Mrs. Albry
  • Mrs. Jennifer Higbee
  • Mrs. Jerri Lloyd
  • Mrs. Susan Pietrusza
  • Ms. Patricia Hagen
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery
  • PRP Wine International
  • Publix
  • RC Uniforms
  • Richard Erickson
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
  • River & Post Restaurant and Roof Top Lounge
  • San Jose Country Club
  • Shannon Regil
  • Sharon Ray
  • Solomon Ventures
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
  • St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
  • St. Johns Golf & Country Club
  • Stephanie Misener
  • Steve & Suzie Barsky
  • The Caven Family
  • The Great Escape Room
  • The Ringling Museum
  • Theater Jacksonville
  • Universal Studios Orlando
  • Valarie Lee
  • Walt Disney World
  • Watson Realty
  • Wild Adventures Theme Park
  • Wild Florida
  • World of Coca Cola
  • Wyndham Resorts

Below are photos from last year’s “Cinco de Mayo” Gala! The laughter overflowed when the goofy hats and glasses went on! It’s always a fun event. Don’t miss it!

Space is limited…
Buy your tickets TODAY!

CLICK the Catalog to view items! Check back often. We’re adding items every day!


The Godfather”

EL JEFE $10,000
The Boss”


Mike & Jenny Lehman

Swisher International

EL SOCIO $5,000
 “Greatest Partners” 

Fearless Captain” 
Dennis & Sondra Tucker
Walsh Investment 

EL AMIGO $1,250
“Closest Friend” 

“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

“Heck of a Good Guy/Gal”
Danny Fernandez



Click to Download & Print
Auction Donation Form
Major Sponsorship Form
Gala Invitation

The Haskell Building
111 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Fl 32202
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Cocktail or Tropical Chic Attire 


Honorary Chairs
Mike & Jenny Lehman

Maria Johnson

Kerry Brophy 
Paula Dodge

Auction Team 
Joanne Leskanic
Jacque King
Traci Walker
Stephanie Andry
Nancy Martinez
Jennifer Capri
Vonda Walker
Cassie Cotton
Nona Morgan
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

"I am the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star...” Rev. 22:16

Rooted in the Gospel and strengthened by the sacraments, the mission of Morning Star School is to provide a unique, inspiring education empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential.

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