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You’re Invited!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 Posted in Events | No Comments »

A guest post today. It really speaks for itself. Thanks for taking the time to read.

Hi! I’m writing to invite you, your family and friends to the first annual Ohio Idols for Independence benefit concert. Our goal is to raise thousands of dollars to help kids with cerebral palsy find their voice at home, at school and in their communities.

This event is close to my heart because my daughter, Adriana, lives with cerebral palsy. While she falls on the severe end of CP, the amazing advancements in technology have given her the gift of independent mobility and communication.

I believe when kids with CP find their voice, regardless of physical ability, they experience true independence. Some kids find their voice through music, sports or dance. Other kids, like Adriana, need specialized care and equipment to find their voice. And as many of you know, these things are expensive. Proceeds from the event go to The MJB Foundation to provide funding for children so they get the specialized care, equipment and services they need just to be a kid.

Please join us in helping kids with CP by purchasing your tickets TODAY! Tickets are just $16 and they are available online at www.ohio-idol.com. You can also purchase tickets directly through me by writing a check to The MJB Foundation for the number of tickets you want. Just send me an email and I’ll bring them to you.

If you have any questions, you can email me or call me at 614-309-0799. For information about The MJB Foundation visit www.mjbfoundation.org.

Thank you!

Patty Lyons

Patty Lyons
Parent & Chapter Leader
CP Parent Columbus, A Family Resource Group for Cerebral Palsy
Reaching For The Stars Central Ohio Chapter
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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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Kroger and the MJB Foundation

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Getting back on track while revising and revamping the website, we have this great bit of news to share about The MJB Foundation and Kroger.

Another way to help us share our Joy!

The Kroger Company has a program available to non-profit organizations called The Kroger Community Rewards Program. This program donates money to The MJB Foundation based on your use of your Kroger Plus Card. It doesn’t cost you anything to have your card hooked up to The MJB Foundation’s donations. If you are willing to help us out, please sign up! It’s pretty easy, just have your Kroger Plus Card handy when you log on.

Here is how you do it:


-Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com

-Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy.

-If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

-Click on Sign In/Register

-If you are a new online customer, you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

-Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, then agreeing to the terms and conditions.

-You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

-Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

-Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

-Update or confirm your information.

-Enter NPO number (84231) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.

-To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

-REMEMBER, purchases will not count for The MJB Foundation until after you register your card.

-Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

-Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

-If you are interested in the alternate SCANBAR method of member registration, please call 800-837-4483 and a SCANBAR letter will be mailed to you.

Thanks for helping us share our Joy!

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