E nriching the Lives of Youth through Baseball
Newsletter - October 2019

'Camps for Kids' Holiday Party - Tickets Now on Sale!

Join us Saturday, December 14th at Jimmy's Event Center for the JP4 Foundation's 2nd Annual Camps for Kids Holiday Party. All proceeds of this event go towards funding summer-long baseball camp for more than 120 kids during the Summer of 2020. Purchase tickets here.
Your participation will bring more than just baseball to these kids in North Minneapolis, Sout h Minneapolis, and East Saint Paul. Each camper will also receive nutritional meals, a sense of belonging, security and safety, and community. They'll exercise their bodies and social skills. They'll experience friendship, accomplishment, positive adult role models, and teamwork. In addition, they'll have an opportunity to practice winning with dignity, compassion for others, accepting failure, and perseverance.
Join us on the 14th and give the gift of baseball and so much more!

Check out last year's impact...

Chris Carr (K102) is coming back again this year to emcee the night. Join us for the games, the famous dessert dash, the great food, and great company. Check out the video below to see some of last year's highlights!

JP4 Foundation Holiday Party 2018 | The JP4 Foundation
Camps for Kids Holiday Party 2018
JP4 Foundation Adopts Two Troops Waiting for Their Next Deployment for the Holidays

On November 23rd, the JP4 Foundation in partnership with the  Minnesota MASH will be packing 36 holiday bundles for two different troops in the Boston area waiting for their next deployment. Packs will be filled with the soldiers' favorite snacks, some decorations, and handwritten notes from Minnesota ball players. The JP4 Foundation is supplying all of the goodies to be packed, while CooperSmith Marketing is covering the cost to ship the packages out east. Our perfect package for the troops will include...

1.   Beef Jerky
2.   Cookies
3.   Gum
4.   Little Debbie Snacks
5.   Chips
6.   Dried Fruit
7.   Nuts, Trail Mix
8.   Popcorn
9.   Small Christmas Decoration
10. Crossword and Sudoku Puzzle

11. Handwritten Christmas notes from players

If you are able to contribute or donate supplies to the cause, please contact Jeff Huth at  [email protected]. We will gladly arrange a pick-up time. 
This event will kick off a service day for the players of Minnesota MASH. Following this packing event, players will head to Bowlero in Lakeville to assist in the Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament.

MASH group volunteering at 2018 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament

HopeKids and the JP4 Foundation
These two organizations look to bring hope to families in Minnesota
By Olivia Pavlish and Caleb Holt, JP4 Foundation Interns
"It's all about the impact we make on families," said Brian Anderson, Executive 
Director of HopeKids Minnesota. "HopeKids gives families the opportunities to be in a community. We focus on events and the impact those events have on our families."
In the U.S. each year, close to 500,000 children cope with medical conditions that are life threatening. These different conditions affect not only the people with them, but also their families. These families are negatively impacted both financially and emotionally. HopeKids is not a cure for these illnesses, but they believe that hope is a powerful medicine.
One of these events, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," was held at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The event was held for families from HopeKids and a few other organizations on August 18, 2019. The focus was to invite families for a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the ballpark which included a ceremonial first pitch, the National Anthem and an opportunity to play baseball.
"It is great to invite our families to a baseball game in the summer where they don't have to worry about large crowds, the cost of food or parking," said Brianna Watke who is the Program Manager at HopeKids.
This event was hosted by The JP4 Foundation. The partnership was centered around giving these families a special baseball experience that would create memories for a lifetime. 
"I was impressed with The JP4 Foundation and Jeff does a great job leading," said Anderson. "I love the partnership because it's a little out-of-the-box for us."
HopeKids looks to the future and they are excited to see how the two organizations can partner for the good of the families involved.
"I see our partnership growing into a yearly baseball clinic," said Watke. "Private events that fit the needs of our families are very impactful."
HopeKids looks to directly impact their families through events in Minnesota. This out-of-the-box partnership will continue to bring hope to families through the outlet of baseball.

Liz Barnes, National Anthem, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
"Take Me Out to the Ball game"- Thank you letter
Help Us Give to the Max in November
We promise to only send you two emails that day
Thursday, November 14th marks Minnesota's Give to the Max Day - a day set aside for nonprofit organizations to share their stories and raise funds for their upcoming year of work. 
The JP4 Foundation will join thousands of other organizations who use this day to reach out to their supporters and advocates. We'll use this opportunity to share the origin of our foundation, our impact and accomplishments and roadmap for the future. This year we will ask donors to support us with a $5 donation, and to commemorate the start of our 4th year, to  share our story with four friends.
Schedule, Plan, and Share your giving using the following link: 
Your donation could help the JP4 Foundation win a cash donation from the Bush Foundation. Prizes and rules can be found here: https://www.givemn.org/resources/gtmd/prizes

Could You Help Us Make Our Party Even Better?
Photo Credit: livingrichwithcoupons.com/
Can you help us collect gift cards and silent auction baskets? Do you have a friend relative or professional contact who might have an item, service, or experience to donate? Do you have a favorite shop where you frequent so much, you are known by name? Perfect! These are the type of businesses that are most likely to respond with an enthusiastic 'yes' to your request for a donation.
This is a great opportunity for individuals, families, or businesses who are looking to give back in a new way! 100% of all money raised will be used for expanding our 2020 summer-long baseball camps.
If you are able to donate auction-ready baskets or gift cards, please contact Jeff Huth at  [email protected]
Here's a quick list you can use to put your spin on it. Need more? We can send you dozens of ideas.
Bake Me a Cake 
Baking mixes for cakes, brownies, pancakes, pie crust, pie fillings, rolling pin 

Day at the Beach 
Beach towels, plastic pail, shovels, beach ball, cooler, frisbee, sunglasses

Snow Days Survival 
Puzzles, board games, deck of cards, Mad Libs, popcorn, and snacks.

Tea for Two 
A variety of teas, biscuits, petit fours or tiny cakes, tea set with cups and teapot. 

Safety First  
First-aid kit, bottled water, flashlight, matches, lightweight blanket, flares.
Looking to Help?

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Speaking Engagements
Need a speaker at your next Rotary meeting or Chamber event? The JP4 Foundation frequently visits these gatherings to share the work and vision of the foundation with the community.

Reach Out
It is our goal to impact as many families as possible. If you or someone you know may be in need of support from the JP4 Foundation, please connect them with executive director, Jeff Huth at  [email protected]

Upcoming Dates

December 1st - Assistance Request
The board of directors will meet quarterly to review all applications. All applicants will be contacted by a board member within two weeks of the application deadline. All requests must be for future needs. Apply for assistance here.

December 14th - Camps for Kids Holiday Party
Grab your holiday ugly sweater and head out for a night of laughter, fun, and fundraising. Our 2nd Annual Camps for Kids Holiday Party will be held at Jimmy's Event Center. Details can be found by visiting: 
proud sponsor of the JP4 Foundation!