Shine On! Visible Men Academy’s signature spring fundraising event started in 2017.  This annual event draws a vibrant crowd devoted to the most under-served in our community.

Visible Men Academy is grateful for the support and dedication of the 2022 SHINE On! Committee Co-chairs, Eilene & Dr. John Maupin and Melissa & Dr. Hakim Morsli. From negotiating contracts, choosing a menu, designing and installing the décor and seamlessly executing the myriad details that made the event extraordinary in every way, SHINE On! was a spectacular success largely due to their leadership, expertise and contributions of time, talents, and treasure.

Eilene and Melissa’s strengths were complimented by a dynamic team of event volunteers who tackled the innumerable details that made SHINE On! a memorable evening for everyone who attended. Special thanks go to Courtney Bonacuse for expertly navigating the complexities of simultaneous silent and a live auctions and Amie Austin for the spectacular flower arrangements and the many, many friends and family members recruited to contribute their free time in support of Visible Men Academy and SHINE On! 2022.

The ‘Village’ of people who choose to support VMA is humbling, and the faculty, staff, and leadership deeply appreciate all the volunteers who help us in our mission to teach our Suns to become Visible Men.

Please visit this site soon to learn more about our SHINE On! 2023 event.

Over the past 5 years through the support of our sponsors and event participants, VMA has raised nearly $600,000 to support our SUNs.  These contributors have demonstrated a commitment to education and a deep concern for providing those within their community who are disadvantaged a chance to learn, grow and tap their true potential.

For questions or more information please contact laura@vmacademy.org or (813)-373-8161.