Doug Flutie returns to Foxboro for autism charity event

Football great Doug Flutie returned to Foxboro for a good cause on Thursday.

Flutie was in attendance for the "A Night to Shine" gala, benefitting the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, which took place Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

7News’ own Christa Delcamp was the host of the event.

The foundation is named after Flutie’s son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was a young boy.

During the event, the former Patriots QB announced a new initiative for the foundation in memory of his late parents, who passed away within an hour of each other last year. They had been married for 56 years.

"Autism on the Go" is a new program for my parents, who were always there for us, always on the go," Flutie said. "Whether it was sports or other activities, they were there and we were outdoors and doing that. And that’s the basic concept."

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