Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Foster Care Awareness

Did you know that May is foster care awareness month? Now let's be honest, it seems like every month is an "awareness" month for something, all of which are well deserved of having their own month. As I thought about the purpose of having a whole month dedicated to foster care I focused in on the word "awareness."

Awareness is defined this way; "concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development."

When I read this definition, I asked myself; "Is foster care something to be concerned about?" and "Are people well-informed?" My answers to these questions were; "Absolutely, we need to be concerned about foster care," and "No, I do not think the average person is well-informed." 

This first video does a great job of informing us about the situation of foster care.

These next two videos give you a little idea of what it might be like to be a child in foster care.

Would you please consider sharing this post during the month of May to help bring awareness to this all important issue. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 Dodgball Tournament Recap

Our dodgeball tournament was a huge success this year! Why was it such a huge success?

Reason #1: We had the most teams that we have ever had.
We had 10 teams show up to try their stake at becoming the 2016 Village to Village dodgeball champions. In the end there could be only one and that team was J2 Marketing.
Congratulations to our champions!
Reason #2: We raised more money this year than any other year.
This year we raised over $4,500!

Reason #3: We had some amazing sponsors.
In total we had 8 sponsors.
1. Nate Stemm with Edward Jones in Elkhart, IN
2. Hose and Go Car Wash in Elkhart, IN
3. Goodwill of Michiana
4. Technical Repair Solutions in Mishawaka, IN
5. Shepard Swim School in Elkhart, IN
6. Encompass Nutrients 
7. Community Chiropractic and Wellness Center (Three locations in IN)
8. First Place Trophy in Elkhart, IN

Reason #4: We had a magnificent host.
A special thank you to Elkhart Christian Academy and Mr. and Mrs Newland! We cannot thank you enough for jumping in and helping us with the tournament this year. You definitely went above and beyond and for that we are grateful.

Reason #5: Everyone involved had a blast.
I cannot tell you how many people came up to me and told me how much fun this event was. Not just the people who played, but also the people who were watching.

Congratulations to our 2nd place team - Elkhart Police Department
What was left of our 3rd place team, The Ninja Turtles, at picture time

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