Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Returns Register Early, Teams are Limited

Felicia Smith was the creator and inspiration for the annual Jigsaw Puzzle competition to benefit Hope For Three. Smith established the mother-daughter volunteer group, National Charity League Sugar Land Jewels. She sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2020, but her legacy lives on through her endless philanthropic giving and her family’s support.

It’s been said that completing a puzzle can bring admiration and recognition to someone’s self-esteem by simply accomplishing the small goals it takes to finish a puzzle. The Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition presented by LearningRx Sugar Land, slated for January 21st, adds to those feelings by also fundraising for a good cause, the Fort Bend County nonprofit, Hope For Three.

Felicia Smith, a dedicated volunteer and charitable giver, first launched the idea for the teams of four to work to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in under two hours. After working within the educational system, she saw firsthand the need for support and advocacy in the autism community. Since her passing in 2020 her family and friends still largely support the event, its cause and look to grow its presence.

“Puzzles were always a family hobby,” said Todd Smith, Felicia’s husband. “It is exciting to see how this event has taken on a life of its own since Felicia first drew up this idea seven years ago.  We’re looking forward to expanding the appeal and grow to attract expert levels puzzlers as well as simple enthusiasts.”

The Jigsaw Puzzle Competition is the perfect balance of competition, challenge and fun that provides a rewarding outcome of achievement and philanthropy. Teams have even added to the fun by hosting tailgating breakfasts prior to the event check-in at 9 a.m. and competition start at 10 a.m. The Smith family also still participates with multiple teams of family and friends within the total of 50 teams.

“Felicia would be proud to see us carrying on this tradition of puzzling and supporting Hope For Three,” added Smith. “It’s especially unique to participate in a fun, family friendly event that truly contributes to a good cause.”

As the event beneficiary, Hope For Three uses the funds to build awareness about autism spectrum disorder and provide valuable resources for families with loved ones on the spectrum. Hope For Three is the only Fort Bend County autism-focused nonprofit that provides financial assistance to county residents year-round. These funds help children receive therapy, specialized schooling or classes, and crucial medical treatments during their autism journey.

“The community involvement has also been inspiring to witness,” finished Smith. “Teams are creating t-shirts, themes and understanding more about autism and its impact on our children and communities. I admire this enthusiasm and look forward to seeing where it goes in 2023.”

Sponsorships are still available for prime opportunities like the puzzles themselves, the highly watched timekeeper and the awards. Support levels range from $250 – $1,500 and include various recognition opportunities like signage and social media.

Register is open for the Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held at Fort Bend Christian Academy, South Campus Gymnasium, 1201 Lakeview Drive in Sugar Land. Registration costs $140 per team and supports Hope For Three’s mission. Awards for the top five teams are presented following the event. Visit www.hopeforthree.org to register, serve as a sponsor or for autism resources.