Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469
Come meet Johnathan and Jasper on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. as the Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469 host a Jamboree fund-raiser benefiting Johnathan and Jasper.
Family fun for all ages!
Fun, Games and Prizes!
Food and Drinks
Come help and give support!
Johnathan Logan, 38, is a lifelong resident of Jupiter, Florida and grew up in Jupiter Farms with his parents and two sisters. He joined the local boy scout troop when he was young and went through many years of scouting. Johnathan earned his Eagle Scout award while attending Jupiter High School's Environmental Sciences Academy. After high school he attended Palm Beach State College and went on to join the Army. In the military he was stationed in Germany and did three tours of active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as crew chief of Blackhawk Helicopters. During his time in the service, he earned his Air Frame and Power Plant License (A&P) and also federal Communications Commission license (FCC). Jonathan also was a trained combat medic during the six years he served for our country. When his military enlistment was complete, Johnathan moved back to Jupiter Farms and bought a home one block from where he grew up. His parents still live there and he wanted to be close to family. He took a job with Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Division, utilizing the skills and craft he learned and practiced daily while serving. He now builds the same type of helicopters he flew in the Army. Johnathan has been with the company for 12 years and has traveled working in Halifax, Canada, as well as Pax River, MD. In April 2021, Johnathan’s family got a phone call that his cousin in Tennessee had just lost his wife after her long battle with cancer. His cousin did not handle the news well and was not in a position to care for his 7 year old daughter, Jasper. Jasper's mother died on her seventh birthday, March 31st. Johnathan called his cousin immediately and offered to become her guardian. Knowing the importance of family, the cousins discussed what Jasper needed to remain with family. Being grateful, Jaspers father and Johnathan began the legal steps to ensure her care would be entrusted to Johnathan. However, another family member of Jaspers mothers family had taken her in and gained emergency guardianship of Jasper, which is when the two month legal battle to gain guardianship began. After many calls, Johnathan finally found an attorney in Tennessee willing to take his case. Because he is a single man, the attorney did not have high hopes for a positive outcome in a child custody case. She required a retainer of ten thousand dollars before she would consider taking the case. Johnathan spent the next several weeks taking time off work early on Wednesdays and driving 13 hours from Jupiter to Tennessee to meet with his attorney early on Thursday mornings and be in the court by the afternoon. He often left for Florida right after court, driving 13 hours back home in order to be at work on Friday morning. His free time was spent having home inspections, psychological evaluations, and meeting with a Guardian Ad Litem (Child advocate services for the state of Tennessee). In addition, he spent time gathering letters of support from family members, providing pictures of extended family and their homes, also documentation of his tax records for several years, and a thorough background check of his life history. With unyielding support from his family and friends, no one had any doubt that Johnathan would provide the safest, most healthy and loving home for Jasper. After two months of Johnathan’s determined perseverance, the judge and Guardian Ad Litem agreed and granted him full guardianship of Jasper. Jasper has been with Johnathan since May, 2021. He was able to enroll her into summer school to get her caught up from the substantial number of missed and tardy days from her previous year. He believes this has helped her with a strong foundation for her transition into the first grade. Additionally, he got her the eye glasses she very much needed and has taken her to the dentist, which involved extensive measures to correct and repair, not all covered by insurance. He arranged grief counseling for Jasper to work through the loss of her mother, separation of her father and moving to a new home with a new parental figure. Johnathan is also attending counseling at the same time to ensure he is equipped to help Jasper navigate the changes in her life. On top of Jasper's challenges and changes in her life, she is also faced with a hereditary diagnosis of Chorea Syndrome since birth (abnormal involuntary movement disorder). Johnathan has met with the school counselor to ensure she has the appropriate IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and school assistance. Additionally, Jasper will soon begin a physical therapy program. Through all of this, Johnathan and Jasper have experienced a lot of firsts. He is a first time parent to a seven year old girl and Jasper has experienced Johnathan’s love of the outdoors. He has taken her for her first trip to see the ocean, going to the beach, and out on a boat. They’ve been on many trips down the river in his kayak, sparking him to get her into swim lessons, as she now has a fondness for being on the water. They go out on their four-wheeler together and they raise caterpillars to be released once they become butterflies. They’ve visited Kennedy Space Center and Falling Creek Falls, TN. The family organized a family reunion so Jasper could meet her Florida relatives, and there are a lot of them! Every Friday evening the immediate family all enjoys having dinner together. Jasper has had great fun with two of her cousins and going on lots of adventures. They frequent family nights at the Jupiter Elks Lodge where Johnathan has been a member for several years. The Elks support Veterans and Children’s Charities. The Johnathan and Jasper struggles are not over yet. Johnathan has spent his savings on legal fees and meetings to make this new life for Jasper. Specific repairs and replacements are needed at their home, including roof, house siding, water system, plumbing fixtures and more. Come meet Johnathan and Jasper when the Jupiter Elks host a Jamboree Fundraiser, Saturday, April 2, 2022, 3PM.
***Story Update: Jasper is now enrolled with the Florida State Elks Association Therapy Services Program is seeing a therapist on a weekly basis.
Thank you Florida Elks!
Specific repairs and replacements are needed at their home including:
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Donate To The Cause
The Jupiter Elks Lodge Will Be Collecting Donations Of All Sorts...From Gift Baskets and Gift Cards To New Sports Equipment, Garden Art, and Much, Much More!
Donate Directly To Johnathan and Jasper Using
Zelle: (561) 262-5891
Or make a check payable to Johnathan Logan and mail it to Jupiter Elks Lodge #2469, 10070 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33478.
We are seeking Volunteers at the event on April 3, 2022. Help sell raffle tickets, serve food, assist with kids' activities, and much more!
We are also seeing volunteers to help with some of the repairs at Johnathan and Jasper's home in Jupiter Farms, Florida.
Attend the Event!
We are looking for as many individuals to attend the event and support a Veteran in need. Please invite family, friends, and guests to come with you!
There will be Raffles, Silent Auctions, Food & Drinks, along with Fun, Games & Prizes for all the Kiddo’s Young & Old! Come Help & Give Support!
Thank you for your interest and support to register your car/bike for the Johnathan and Jasper Jamboree Fundraiser Car & Bike Show 4-A-Cause!
We look forward to seeing you and your car/bike on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
People's Choice Award, Jasper's Choice & Johnathan's Choice!
No charge to enter your Car/Bike; donations are encouraged.
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