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Philanthropy

Gasper Lazzara and his wife Irene are ardent supporters of charitable organizations throughout Northeast Florida and nation-wide. They established the Lazzara Family Foundation in 1997 to cultivate this passion. Dr. Lazzara’s charitable donations include:

  • Flight Simulator – Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville
  • The Lazzara Performance Hall – University of North Florida
  • Scholarship Campaign – University of North Florida
  • Lazzara Fields – Davis Park, Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Lazzara Health Sciences Center – Jacksonville University
  • Honorary Doctorate and Scholarship Endowment – Edward Waters College
  • Honorary Doctorate and Nursing Scholarship Fund – University of Colorado
  • Jack Sheridan Professorship in Clinical Dental Student Research – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Other Donations:
    • Museum of Science and History
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • American Cancer Society
    • United Way
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital
    • Take Stock in Children
    • Humane Society
    • Sanctuary on 8th Street
    • Cathedral Arts
    • FCCJ Artist Series
    • Northeast Florida Community Hospice
Gasper Lazzara Speaking at the University of North Florida (UNF)

Dr. Lazzara speaks at UNF

These are just a few examples of the support Dr. Lazzara has shown to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $10 million in grants to worthy organizations. The work of the Foundation and Gasper’s personal efforts have been recognized through the following charitable appointments and memberships:

  • Leaders in Giving – 1999-2000 Member Registry
  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year 2004 – Florida’s First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Honorary Chairs of the Cowford Ball – American Cancer Society
  • Cowford Circle Members – American Cancer Society
  • Jacksonville Country Day School Board Member
  • St. Vincent’s Foundation Board of Directors Member
  • Committee Chairs of the Red Rose Ball – St. Vincent’s Healthcare
  • Honorary Chairs of Delicious Destinations – St. Vincent’s Healthcare
  • Jacksonville University Board of Trustees Member
  • University of Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees Member
  • President’s Medal – University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • La Societe Nationale Members - Alexis De Tocqueville Society (United Way)
  • Honorary Chairs of the Great Gatsby Gala – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra
  • Honorary Chairs of Halloween Doors and More – Community Hospice PedsCare
  • Founding Member of the Duborg Society of St. Louis University
Gasper Lazzara & Family at the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Gold Tournament

Gasper Lazzara & Family at the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Charity Gold Tournament

Gasper Lazzara receives an Honorary Doctorate from Edward Waters College (pictured with Ray Charles)

Gasper Lazzara receives an Honorary Doctorate from Edward Waters College (pictured with Ray Charles)

Gasper Lazzara with Bobby Bowden and Joe Adeeb (FSU)

Dr. Gasper Lazzara with Bobby Bowden and Joe Adeeb (FSU)

Gasper Lazzara & UNF President John Delaney

Dr. Gasper Lazzara & UNF President John Delaney