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Pushing a Bigger Button

Friday, November 16th, 2012 Posted in Fundraising | No Comments »

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that it is sometimes very frustrating to run a charity designed to help kids with challenges.

Too often it seems, those kids are forgotten.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) in particular seems to be a forgotten condition when it comes to identifying “those in need,” but it is certainly not alone.

CP is just not a big button, as I like to call it. It’s not cancer. It’s not autism. It’s (usually) not tragic.

But.It.Is.Everyday! – Just like autism, and just like cancer.

(Please note * I do not mean to diminish the very serious nature and need for support for cancer and autism causes.)

Last summer at Golf for Joy I made a plea to those in attendance that if they took anything away from that day it was just that.

The conditions that affect the kids we try to help are very much like the traffic that we are all encountering now as we travel through Columbus each day – a little bit different, a new set of roadblocks each day, a concrete tunnel which seemingly never ends.

We have a new joke this year that if you put the word “adaptive” in front of some piece of equipment, it’s price automatically raises into the thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately – It’s not so much a joke. In fact, it’s very much a reality. Not funny at all.

Of course, it’s not just the kids who have to deal with these issues.

So many parents fight tirelessly, day after day, caring for their children and their loved ones, trying to maintain some sense of…

Heck, I think we can say it – normalcy.

Which really…

Is impossible.

Very often when my wife and I talk about the 15 months we had with Meghan Joy we note that really…we don’t remember all that much. Very much like the sports cliches you hear so often –

We took one second, one minute, one hour, one day at a time- trying to move forward as much as we could–

I think that part of the reason we continue The MJB Foundation is because we know that struggle. We know that fight. We know what it is to want to feel normal – and we want to help those who are still in the fray.

This year, for the first time ever – The MJB Foundation is nearly tapped out. To date, because of the generosity of our supporters, we’ve been able to give Gifts of Joy totaling $11,041.31 to children with challenges this year, and we’re committed to what might be as much as $6,000 more. (Some of the equipment has to be fitted so there could be some cost variance.)

To put this in perspective – Our events this year raised right around $7,000.

While it’s true that we are giving away more this year than any other, and we had a little bank to spend – it’s also true that more and more families are finding out about us, and more and more kids will need our help.

But we don’t have that big button, and well, we need a big push.

I always said that being at this point is a problem I’d like to have, but I have to admit it scares the holy bejeesus out of me.

But not as much as the day-to-day might scare the holy bejeesus out of those families, and those kids.

So the takeaway is this…

I don’t honestly know how many people read this blog, but I will admit to knowing at least some eyeballs give it a glance every now and then.

So… If you have a second, if you’re so inclined, I would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word, and let people know that we’re trying to help those kids, and we could use all the help we can get to make this button bigger.

 

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Whew!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 Posted in Events | No Comments »

A quick thank you / reflection on Golf for Joy 2011.

Once again many thanks to our supporters, our volunteers, and everybody who came to Golf for Joy 2011.

Netter wants to make sure everyone knows that is not the same shirt Jim wore to golf in on Saturday. He has 2 MJB Foundation golf shirts. (and now a really cool t-shirt too.)

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Kailey’s Request

Monday, January 31st, 2011 Posted in Events | No Comments »

Did you know Kailey’s birthday is coming up?

She has a request…

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A Word From Our Newest Board Member

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 Posted in Events | 3 Comments »

Today, we give the floor to Kelly Syferd, our newest Board Member, and (she didn’t know I was going to do this) our 2001 Women’s MJB Golf For Joy Handicap Champion.

I told Kelly earlier this month that the day she decided to come on board was one of my happiest ever for The MJB Foundation. I think you’ll all recognize why as she shares her story and invites you to join us for Bowl for Joy 2011.

Without further ado – Welcome Kelly Syferd!

Twelve years ago my husband and I met Jim and Annette Brochowski and we became instant friends.  We all worked together at the Columbus Library.  We went to lunch together and hung out on the weekends.  Annette had casually mentioned to us that we should come out to the MJB.  My husband and I both looked at each other questioning what the MJB could possibly be.  We did not know the story of Meghan Joy until that day and did not realize the impact one little girl could have on us, especially since we had never met her.

I joined the MJB Foundation Board last year and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I love being a part of a Board that shares the Joy of Meghan’s life by reaching out to children with challenges.  This year, being part of the MJB Foundation hits a little closer to home for my family as our son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Autism.  This was not a surprise to us as we have been working tirelessly with Ryan throughout the years, but we have our own daily challenges.  We are the lucky ones because even though we have everyday challenges to make our son’s life better, it also comes with great Joy to help Ryan overcome those obstacles.  We have been very fortunate to be able to provide the funding for Ryan’s therapies and other needs.  The MJB Foundation strives to help those families who are not able to do that.

We look forward to the Golf for Joy and Bowl for Joy every year.  We always have so much fun and it is a great way to be able to raise money towards such a wonderful Foundation.

Please join my family and the rest of the MJB Foundation family for the 2nd Annual Bowl for Joy on February 12, 2011.  If you not able make it that day, please consider making a donation.  Help us share our Joy with children with physical and mental challenges.

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OSU Ticket Raffle Redux

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 Posted in Contests and Giveaways | 1 Comment »

Okay – it’s noon on Thursday before the game and the OSU vs. Eastern Michigan tickets have not been claimed.
So – we have to give ’em to somebody else.

Here’s the deal.
We have 2 OSU football tickets. We have 9 discount coupons for The Refectory.

We have 3 trivia questions:

1. What is the official Insurance Agency of The MJB Foundation?

2. Who redesigned The MJB Foundation website?

3. What was our first Gift of Joy? (I’ll take 2 different answers for this one.)

All you have to do to enter is answer the 3 questions correctly.

Submit your answers any way you like. Facebook, Twitter, Email, (jbrochowski@mjbfoundation.org) – however you can get ’em to  us.

First 10 correct entries will be thrown in a hat from which we will draw the Buckeye ticket winner. The remaining 9 entries will receive a Refectory coupon as a consolation prize with our thanks for playing.

Contest ends at noon Friday September 24, 2010 or when we have 10 correct entries – whichever comes first.

Thanks for playing and Good Luck!

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Hey Raffle Ticket Winner! Get Your Tickets!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 Posted in Contests and Giveaways | 1 Comment »

Quick shout out to the OSU vs. Eastern Michigan raffle ticket winner. You have a voucher. Come claim your tickets.

Keep an eye for even more giveaways as we move toward the new year and try to find new and creative ways to help children with challenges.

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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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