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And then… There was Abram (Part 1)

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 Posted in Events, Fundraising, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

In the literal sense the drive from Galloway to Westerville only takes about 40 – 45 minutes.

Figuratively, however it took a bit longer.

Finally though, in early October 2011 my wife and I found ourselves en route carrying an MJB Donation.

A gift for a boy named Abram who simply needed a way to get out and play with his sisters, a way for Mom and Dad to get him outside. Abram’s “Get out and play” deck as we call it now.

We had heard about Abram a few months before. His family was having a fundraiser to build the deck, they had a goal number in mind, but came the query – Could The MJB Foundation help?

Of course we would – folks who were industrious enough to hold their own fundraiser? Heck, we were right on board. We would help with the difference. They would raise what they raised, and The MJB Foundation would make up the difference.

So we carried that check with us as we traveled to Westerville.

But here’s the catch – This was the first MJB Gift of Joy we were delivering personally. No agency involved. No intermediary. Just us… and honestly – we were a little nervous.

We were greeted at the door by some lovely young ladies and welcomed in to meet Abram and his family

What followed quite frankly was life changing, and as far as that goes – MJB changing too.

When you lose a child, as we did with Meghan Joy, the feelings, the emotion, the carousel, the roller coaster are all things you do alone. Oh, you have your spouse, and you are together. If you’re lucky, like we were, you have that support, that someone to lean on.

But nobody can understand what it is truly like. Not your friends, not your family, nobody who hasn’t gone through that experience themselves can truly understand what it’s like.

But, Emma and Andy, Abram’s parents, had done just that. Abram’s twin brother Heath passed away when he was 3 weeks and two days old.

Emma and Andy knew exactly who we were, and they made us feel so welcome. We spent about an hour and a half chatting, sharing stories, talking about Heath and Abram, and Meghan and Kailey and Delaney and Livvy, Ella, Mollie and Poppy and on and on, and we gave them the check and went on our way.

Afterwards, we visited the local mall to run some errands.

As we shopped we talked about our visit and marveled at the ease with which Emma carried on a conversation, cared for Abram, and still managed to keep track of what the girls were all doing.

We could not imagine keeping up with that pace. We could not imagine the energy that must take.

We discussed the similarities and differences we shared, and we decided that we were incredibly happy we were able to help, and more importantly that we had made that donation personally.

We kept in contact with Emma and Andy and their clan, with the goings on with Abram and his deck. We invited them to Bowl for Joy and Emma came with the kids and had a terrific time.

Afterward, Emma contacted me with some ideas for other ways The MJB Foundation could help folks, and other ways that she could be involved.

We had no idea…

sing for Joy

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Golf for Joy is on the way.

Monday, April 18th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are interested in hearing more about the donations through work please feel free to message me or stop me if you see me. I hate to be cryptic, but it’s just an odd situation.

If you would like to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program and support The MJB Foundation with your  please log on and add your Kroger Plus Card. Our organization number is 84231. Oh by the way, not stated in the video – This costs you nothing, but it does so much to help bring Joy to children with challenges.

Okay, off to work on some updates…

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Grillin’ and Chillin’

Friday, July 9th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Just a minute or so on what’s happening at The MJB Foundation post Golf for Joy 2010.

If you didn’t attend Golf for Joy, but you’d like a glass we are offering them for $5 or free with a donation of $10 or more. Contact Us for details. Thanks again!

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One more day to Golf for Joy 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

A little shout out to the folks who don’t golf, who wonder why we invite them every year even when we know they don’t golf.

It’s not a secret really, we just want you to come to the party and have a good time.

The party lasts all day, but the post tourney gathering usually starts around 4:30 or 5:00. Everybody is welcome!

Golfers – don’t forget we tee off at noon. Registration starts 11-ish. Range balls are included in your entry.

Thanks for helping us share our Joy.  Hit ’em straight!

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True Life, Real Time MJB Foundation Success Stories.

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Wanted to share a few success stories today. One addendum. At the very beginning of the video I mention 3 days until the golf tournament. It’s actually 3 days until the registration & payment deadline. The tournament is 10 days away.

The rest, is spot on. Enjoy!

To register and pay for Golf for Joy, please click here.

To make a donation please click here.

Hope to see you June 26 at noon.

Thank you for your time.

Hit ’em straight!

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It’s Sponsorship Week & I Need Your Help.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

As you know it is sponsorship week. A big part of this the last two years has been the auctioning of the first hole sponsor. Previously, we had always kept that hole for the Brochowski family, but last year we decided that it would better serve the foundation to auction it off to the highest bidder.

Here’s where I need your help. My cousin, who I really do love with all my heart and soul is currently the highest bidder and I’m not really sure what she has in mind for the sign. Maybe some embarrassing childhood story or…

I’m sure it will all be fun if she does win, but I thought I might ask if you might want to give her a run for her money?

I even dressed up for the occasion.  It is a big week after all.

If you want to sponsor a hole you can do that here.

If you’d like to bid on the first hole please send me an email at:

jbrochowski@mjbfoundation.org

If you have any questions or want to work on another sponsorship deal please feel free to contact me to also use the above email.

Thanks for your time,

Jim Brochowski

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Notes on Notifications & Sponsors for Golf for Joy

Friday, May 28th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Wanted to share a bit about the notifications and sponsorship information that went out this week.

If you’d like to sponsor a hole in Golf for Joy click here.

Thank you for your time.

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Sponsor a hole in Golf for Joy 2010!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

It as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

1. Pick which hole you’d like your sign displayed on, and it will be posted at that tee box throughout the duration of Golf for Joy 2010. We will have more than one sponsor per hole. (Hole #1 is a premium hole which will go to the highest bidder)

2. Tell us exactly what you would like your sign to say. It is possible to add graphics to the signs, and they can say pretty much anything you would like them to.
Signs are approximately 24″ tall x 16″ wide. The area for sponsor’s information is approximately 4 1/4″ h x 11″ w.

3. Send payment for your hole sponsorship. Family Hole sponsorships start at $25. Business sponsorships start at $50. You may write a check (make checks payable to: The MJB Foundation and mail to: The MJB Foundation, 803 Spivey Ln.,Galloway, OH 43119) or use the PayPal link on the website here.

The deadline for sponsoring a hole in Golf for Joy 2010 is June 12th. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Let us know if you are interested in becoming one of our Star supporters!

Thank you again for supporting our tournament and sharing our Joy!

Jim and Annette

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Welcome to MJB Foundation dot O. R. G!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Kailey welcomes you to our new digs!

So welcome!

You can register for Golf for Joy right here.

Thanks for visiting.

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Hilliard Key Club Special Needs Prom Donation

Friday, May 7th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our most recent donation was to the Hilliard Key Club. Each year they have a Special Needs Prom. The students with special needs have their own separate prom. The kids dress up in fancy dresses and suits. They wear corsages and some even arrive in limos. They needed some financial assistance to make it happen, so this year we are paying for the dj so they can dance the night away.  Just another way we are sharing our Joy! Thanks to all of our generous supporters, these great kids will have a fun evening and make some wonderful memories.

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