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

Save the Date - 'Camps for Kids' Holiday Party
Saturday, December 14th

Grab your spouse, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or significant other for a night of FUNdraising at Jimmy's Event Center in Vadnais Heights. Wear your favorite holiday sweater and be entered for a special raffle drawing!

Tickets for this event will go on sale in November. Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships will be available.

Every dollar raised during this event will help fund our upcoming 2020 summer camps in East Saint Paul, North Minneapolis, and Bloomington. These 8-week summer camps support children ranging in age from 8-16 who tend to have fragile family ecosystems or otherwise lacking in a healthy support structure. Our baseball camps provide kids an opportunity to develop a sense of belonging and creates an opportunity to experience positive relationships that reinforce critical life skills; accept failure, perseverance, winning with dignity, and compassion for others. 

JP4 Foundation Holiday Party 2018 | The JP4 Foundation
Camps for Kids Holiday Party 2018
Paul's Pals Embraces JP4 Partnership
By Olivia Pavlish and Caleb Holt, JP4 Foundation Interns
"Our mission is to make play accessible to everyone," said Taylor Burke, a Marketing Specialist for Paul's Pals in Minnetonka. "The JP4 Foundation's mission is to make baseball accessible to everyone. Our missions align, but the JP4 Foundation is more specific and a great support system for us."
Paul's Pals started in 1996 in honor of Paul Adelman, who died because of brain tumors shortly after he turned 12. The mission of Paul's Pals is to advance inclusion in everyday adventures for children of all abilities. Their focus is providing grants to different organizations. To date, they have raised a total of $1.6 million. These grants are used to invest in people and projects that benefit life and learning for kids with special needs. Paul's Pals offers these grants in memory of Paul's life. 
"We want to honor the things that brought him joy," said Burke. "They recently began a group of events for families involved with sports called the Super Series. One of these sports is baseball."

The Super Star Classic is a baseball-focused event at CHS Field, home of the Saint Paul Saints. This year, one of the partners for this event was the JP4 Foundation. Families came to participate in this clinic before the Saint Paul Saints All-Star game. Paul's Pals focused on the inclusivity of the event while the JP4 Foundation helped to provide coaches. The goal of this event was for all members to understand that disabilities do not inhibit the ability of the children to play with one another. Saint Paul Saints players took part in activities with the families during the clinic and invited the kids to join them on the field at the start of the Saints All-Star game.

"Jeff and the JP4 Foundation are a great resource and partner for us," said Burke. The next Super Star Classic has not been scheduled but the two organizations are working on the next cooperative event within the next year.

Help Us Give to the Max in November
Thursday, November 14 th 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.

Watch for additional detail in the following weeks.

Help Wanted
Can you help us collect gift cards and silent auction baskets? We have approximately 60 days to collect auction baskets and gift cards for our upcoming Holiday Party in December.  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]

Need Some Ideas? 
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.
Snack Attack Chocolate theme - Big candy bars, bag of Hershey Kisses or M&Ms, hot chocolate, chocolate coffee, chocolate covered pretzels, spoons, nuts, fruit, chocolate cookies
Tailgating BBQ Theme - BBQ tools, skewers, sauces, meat subs, marinades, spices, apron, grill brush, oven mitt, plastic dishes or tray. 
Can You Bring in a Single, Double, or Triple?

Do you work for a company that will match, double, or even triple your donation to the JP4 Foundation? Find out now with our newly launched corporate gift giving database. It's easy to use. Simply enter the name of your employer and gain immediate access to your company's gift giving guidelines, process and forms. Some companies match financial donations, others donate based on volunteer hours and some companies do both!

Check out this link:  https://www.jp4foundation.org/corporate-giving-volunteer-grants/  to search for your employer and help us help kids get in the game. 

Please note: our new name may not yet be updated in all employer databases. You may need to use the Blizzard Foundation name when submitting match requests to your employer. Our EIN is 81-2968738. The JP4 Foundation (formerly Blizzard Foundation) is a 501(c)3 organization.

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 to come
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