Chung Changing Lives Open Mic Karaoke Fundraiser 2015

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Our new favorite holiday tradition is to spend a karaoke-filled December night with the Chung family and friends. Monday, December 7 marked the second annual Open Mic Karaoke Fundraiser, with proceeds from this year’s event benefiting Chung Changing Lives and the United Way. The new venue, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Howl at the Moon (a dueling piano bar chain), provided a more intimate experience than the prior year, which I thought was great because I got to stand right next to the stage most of the night!

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What I love about this event is that it’s really a family affair for the Chungs. From bringing up their son on-stage to sing the first song of the night to other family members walking around making sure everyone was having a great time, it’s clear that this event is close to their heart.

In addition to event sponsorships and individual ticket sales, a silent auction and live auction helped to raise funds. Attendees who brought coats for the United Way coat drive (myself included!) got to skip ahead in the line at the door.

Similar to last year, Santa made an appearance and after a belting out a Christmas carol, made everyone’s night with his rendition of Snoop Dogg’s classic “Gin and Juice.” Pats TE Scott Chandler was one of the first players to brave the stage, singing a memorable rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Although he was thrown off by the Kendrick Lamar rap (“This is not the version on the album!”), he definitely got an A for effort!

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The event was hosted by Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins, a Boston native who played for the Patriots from 2000-2002 and is now the voice of my morning drive as one of the DJs of Hot 96.9’s Get Up Crew. Wiggy brought a fan up onstage to help him sing “Hello” – the Lionel Richie version, and not the Adele version (although Adele’s hit would make a memorable appearance later in the night).

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As you can see in the picture above, several players spent their fair share of time on-stage, including former Patriot Marquice Cole (taking the selfie), Brandon LaFell, Devin McCourty, and Brandon Bolden. Things really started picking up when this group did The Notorious B.I.G’s (a.k.a Biggie, Biggie Smalls, y’all know who I’m talking about) “Juicy.”

Devin McCourty was probably the most energetic of the night. After he sang Usher and Alicia Keys’ “My Boo” with his fiance Michelle, as seen below, he succeeded in pulling many of the other players on stage.

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Comedian Lenny Clarke, seen below, ran the live auction. Attendees bid for playoff tickets, Pat Chung’s signed replica of the Lombardi trophy, and a chance to play FIFA (the video game) with Pat Chung and Julian Edelman.

Also seen below on the right is Brandon “Jojo” LaFell and his wife, Kristin. I have to give props to the LaFells because they have been involved in a lot of charity events since they arrived in New England. (In fact, LaFell made an appearance at the Patriots Children’s Christmas party held the following night.) I would also put the Chandlers (Scott and his wife Alissa) in the category of 2015 charity event superstars, as they attended the Joe Andruzzi Foundation Gratitude Gala, among other events this year.

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Other players who made an appearance included Julian Edelman, Gronk, Duron Harmon, Stephen Gostkowski, Nate Ebner, Logan Ryan, Cameron Fleming, Tavon Wilson, and Ryan Allen. Towards the end of the night, attendees did have opportunities to take pictures with the players. (Don’t ask me why I didn’t. Apparently, I wasn’t on my game that night. I wish I had gotten at least one. Not gonna lie, my eyebrow game was on fleek.)

One thing that I really liked about this year was that for certain songs the players pulled up people in the audience. As you can see below, a bunch of ladies took them up on the chance to belt out Adele’s “Hello.” Always the entertainer, Devin McCourty hopped behind the piano on the stage and dramatically pretended to accompany the ladies.

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To learn more about Chung Changing Lives, click here. To see pictures from last year’s event, click here and if you want to see some more pictures from the event, click here.

To the Chung family and all of the event organizers – thanks again for a great night! Sooo…is it too early to start counting down for next year?

-Michelle

Joe Andruzzi Foundation Gratitude Gala 2015

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015 has been circled on my calendar for quite some time. Ever since we profiled the Joe Andruzzi Foundation for a Charity Spotlight post, their annual gala has been on my Snap bucket list.

I was fortunate enough to attend this year, purchasing my ticket with the expectation of a fun night that would include a three-course meal, a live auction, and the opportunity to meet some NFL players.  Little did I know when I bought my ticket that I would be able to walk away with so much more than that.

The event started at 6pm and was held in the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium. For those of you wondering, the view from the club looks like this:

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Maybe I’m a football nerd, but that view never gets old.

The night kicked off with a cocktail hour where guests were able to check out the many items up for auction. Autographed jerseys were among the most popular silent auction items.

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Jerseys

Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while mingling and placing their bids for the silent auction.

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Silent Auction Board

Several Pats players made appearances at the cocktail hour to sign autographs. Pictured below is TE Scott Chandler. I had a chance encounter with his wife after I complimented her shoes. (Before you think I’m creepy, I didn’t realize it was his wife at the time. I can’t help myself from gushing about footwear if someone has fabulous taste in shoes.)

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Scott Chandler

Other players at the event included Rob Ninkovich, Pat Chung, Stephen Gostkowski, and past Patriots Matt Chatham and Troy Brown. (I believe Matt Slater made an appearance later in the night and Nate Solder was there as well in the role of keynote speaker.) I have a feeling there were other players, but it was difficult to tell considering there were about 800 attendees.

Pictured below is my girl Linda with Pat Chung. (Linda gets a shout-out because she let me hang out and drink wine with her crew once she realized that I was flying solo.)

JAF Gratitude Gala - Pat Chung

Around 7:15, we entered the dining area and I was blown away by the way the room was decorated. Volunteers clearly put a lot of time into creating the beautiful space. The table settings were gorgeous.

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Table Setting

I was fortunate enough to sit with some great people at table 77. One thing that struck me throughout the night was how many attendees personally knew Joe and Jen Andruzzi. Everyone talked about how they are some of the nicest, most genuine people. It quickly became evident that the kindness they have shown others is one of the biggest reasons they get so much support in return for events like this.

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Dinner was a three-course meal, which included a tasty salad, a main entrée with chicken, beef, and assorted vegetables, and a dessert tray featuring whoopie pies, cookies, and other sweets.

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Scott Zolak, a sportscaster and prior Pats quarterback, acted as the Master of Ceremonies. Joe Andruzzi welcomed guests and introduced Nate Solder as the night’s keynote speaker.

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nate’s story, he was drafted in the first round by the Patriots in 2011. Up until his season-ending injury this year, he had been a constant on the o-line, protecting Tom Brady’s blind side. In April of this year, he revealed his battle with testicular cancer prior to the 2014 season.

Along with the rest of the crowd, I fully expected Nate to talk about his own experience with cancer. His speech took an unexpected turn when he started to talk about his 3-month-old son, Hudson. There was a collective intake of breath when Nate revealed that his son was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October.

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Nate Solder

I don’t know how Nate was able to hold it together to share his family’s story. Tears welled up in my eyes as he shared how life changed overnight with the discovery of Hudson’s tumor. To hear Nate describe his son’s treatments (Hudson has four chemotherapy treatments down and 15 more to go) was absolutely heartbreaking.

As someone who kept his own cancer diagnosis private, I can only imagine how difficult it was for Nate to share this news with the world. During his speech, he mentioned that his wife told him that it was more important than ever to talk about Hudson as part of his keynote speech, knowing that there are other people out there that receive this heartbreaking diagnosis on daily basis. It was a somber reminder that cancer does not discriminate.

You can watch a portion of Nate’s speech here. Get your tissues ready.

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While surprising and emotional, I don’t know that a more fitting keynote speech could have been made that night. If I had to guess, it provided even more of an incentive for attendees to bid during the live auction, which followed Nate’s keynote speech and a JAF mission video.

Paul Zekos, the auctioneer, was extremely entertaining and did a great job of getting people to raise their bidding cards. Most of the people in attendance are probably in a different tax bracket than me and that was excellent news for the Foundation.

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The live auction included thirteen items – many of which created entertaining bidding wars. The biggest bid of the night (two people each bid $23k) was for a package that included QB Jimmy Garoppolo and C Bryan Stork acting as bartenders for your personal event. What made it even better was the fact that they would be bartending from a refurbished Airstream trailer, which I got to check out on my way into the event. (Unfortunately, Jimmy and Bryan were not manning the bar at that time. Bummer.)

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Other notable auction items that I would have been raising my yellow bid card for if I had more disposable income, were the Punt, Snap, Kick package (included a one hour clinic and two-hour dinner with K Stephen Gostkowsi, LS Joe Cardona and P Ryan Allen, along with autographed merch) and dinner with the O-line at Maggiano’s in Boston. Unfortunately, I did not make fast friends with the lucky winners of these bids, but there is always next year, right?

The night ended with Joe and Jen Andruzzi (seen below) awarding Lisa and Ed Medeiros of presenting sponsor East Commerce Solutions with the 2015 (Up)Beat Cancer Award in honor of the support they have given the Foundation.

JAF Gratitude Gala 2015 - Jen Andruzzi

Last year’s event raised over $900,000 for the foundation. I will update the post with this year’s proceeds as soon as they are released. (Personally, I’m crossing my fingers that they were able to cross the $1 million mark!)

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If you would like to donate to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in honor of Hudson Solder (tell me he isn’t one of the cutest babies ever), click here. Proceeds of the fund will benefit JAF’s mission of providing financial assistance to cancer patients and their families – allowing them to focus on recovery, not mounting rent/mortgage, utility, or other household bills.

For more information on the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, click here.

Thank you to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and all of its volunteers for putting on such a great event!

– Michelle

Snap Road Trip: Dominique Easley’s Champs Camp

Dominique Easley Champs Camp 2015

This past weekend, the Snap sisters had their first experience at an NFL players’ youth football camp and it was fantastic. Even though our time on the field at Hormel Stadium in Medford, MA, was limited to taking pictures and observing football drills (one of us would have definitely been injured if we tried to play), we can’t say enough about Dominique Easley’s first annual Champs Camp.

Dominique Easley is a Patriots defensive tackle who was drafted by the team in 2014 as a first-round pick. Although you didn’t see much of him in the media over the last year, he and his sister, Destinee have been making the rounds with Boston media recently to promote his Champs Camp event and fibromyalgia awareness.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with fybromyalgia, it’s a disorder involving chronic widespread pain. Destinee Easley was diagnosed with it in 2011. There is no cure for the disease, but there are treatments that can help reduce symptoms.

With this in mind, Dominique created Easley’s Awareness to raise knowledge about fibromyalgia and funding for research.

This is where the Champs Camp comes into play. Not only was it a way for Dominique to give back to Boston youth through football, but a portion of proceeds went to fibromyalgia research. Double whammy.

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The 6-hour camp was open to kids ages 6-17 and provided the opportunity of a lifetime to be coached by five outstanding Patriots players: DT Dominique Easley, LB Jerod Mayo, DE Chandler Jones, WR Aaron Dobson, and DE Zach Moore.

We hung out for the entirety of the event, met some awesome people, and took some phenomenal pictures.

Exhibit A: Dominique and his son with the campers.

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Cue hearts melting everywhere.

One of the highlights of our day was chatting with Destinee Easley, Dominique’s 16-year-old sister and the motivation behind Easley’s Awareness.

One of the first things you notice about Destinee is her smile – she’s got a great one. From her cheerful disposition, you would never know the challenges she’s had to face as a result of her fibromyalgia diagnosis.

When I asked Destinee what she wished people knew about the disease, her response was that fibromyalgia is an invisible pain. Just because you can’t see the pain, doesn’t mean it’s not there. She credits God, her family, and music for helping her get through the tough days. She’s got big plans for her future, as she’s hoping to study film and television at USC.

(Michelle also wants to point out that Destinee shares her love for large hoop earrings, so clearly her fashion sense is on point as well.)

In short, Destinee Easley is awesome.

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Destinee’s mother, Erica, was also an absolute pleasure to meet. When talking to her, it was easy to tell how proud she is of her children. She came over to us several times throughout the day to ask if we were enjoying ourselves and by the time the camp came to an end, I was ready to hug her goodbye.

Easley Champs Camp 2015

One of the best things about this experience was how accessible the players were.

Exhibit B: Somewhere under this pile of children is Chandler Jones. (Clearly they did not know about his off-season hip surgery.)

Chandler Jones pile - Dominique Easley 2015 Champs Camp

When they weren’t coaching the camp participants, the players were signing autographs and taking pictures. I didn’t see them turn one person down, which made a lot of kids (and their parents) very happy.

Speaking of pictures, we got a great one with Pats defensive end Zach Moore. Super nice guy and also super tall, as you can see below.

Zach Moore - Easley Champs Camp 2015

We also have to say that campers got their moneys worth with Jerod Mayo. That man needs to be a coach as soon as he retires from the NFL. His enthusiasm for leading the campers through drills was contagious. We were ready to run onto the field and practice fumble recoveries just so that we could get a Mayo high-five.

Easley Champs Camp 2015 - Jones, Mayo

In addition to a day full of drills and player interaction, participants were given t-shirts, lunch and a goodie bag from sponsor Modell’s. Coaches from Medford High School and players from the Somerville Rampage semi-pro football team also made the event a success by volunteering their time.

The other thing that really impressed us was when we found out that Dominique and his event organizers reached out to the community to invite kids with special needs. Taking the extra step to include kids who may not have thought participation was an option says something about Dominique’s character.

Easley Champs Camp 2015

Easley Champs Camp 2015

Easley Champs Camp 2015 - Dominique and Son

We’d like to thank Dominique Easley, his family, and his Brand Architects team for letting us come spend the day with them! For more information on Easley’s Awareness, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page.

– Michelle and Val

Charity Spotlight: The Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Things happen for a reason.

How many times have you told this to yourself or someone else?

It’s definitely a phrase that I’ve got at the ready when things aren’t going as planned. There’s something comforting about the whole idea of a bigger plan – that the people you meet and the experiences you have are part of your life for a reason, even if you don’t understand it at that time.

Joe and Jen Andruzzi’s story makes a strong case for the whole “things happen for a reason” idea.

As a Pats fan, I was familiar with Joe’s football career and his cancer diagnosis, but as I immersed myself in their story for this post, the whole “things happen for a reason” seemed to be a recurring theme, which is why I’m so excited to feature the Joe Andruzzi Foundation (JAF) in today’s Charity Spotlight.

OK, now you should hit play on the YouTube clip below.

Joe and Jen’s first-hand experience with fighting cancer puts them in a unique position, and I think that’s part of what makes this charity so successful. Not only are they familiar with the day-to-day challenges that come with cancer, but they understand the importance of a holistic approach of both financial and emotional help for patients and their families. Yes, financial help is a blessing, but seeing pictures from their (Up)Beat Outings, where they remove patients from the daily grind of cancer treatment, gives me all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings.

You never wish cancer on people, but I have to wonder if Joe went through what he did so that he could make a difference in the lives of so many people.

WHO: Joe Andruzzi, former NFL guard and his wife, Jen Andruzzi

CHARITY NAME: The Joe Andruzzi Foundation

CAUSES: “The Joe Andruzzi Foundation is committed to providing help, hope, and a reason to smile for cancer patients and their families by contributing financial and emotional support when it is needed most.”

The organization’s approach is (Up)Beat Cancer: “It’s everything we stand for. It’s our philosophy. And our rallying cry. Upbeat is how Joe approached cancer, and he battled through it. Now we’re committed to helping others. Together, with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, we’ll fight to not only beat cancer, but upbeat it.”

As of May 2015, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation has raised $7,142,660 and assisted 3,440 patients.

EVENTS: They have sooooooo many events, it’s ridiculously awesome.

2015 will mark the 8th year for the Foundation’s annual Gratitude Gala and let me tell you, it looks like a friggin amazing party. The 2014 gala, held at Gillette Stadium, raised over $900,000. (Yes, that’s almost a million dollars.) Funds are raised through sponsorship opportunities and a live and silent auction held at the event. Joe’s famous friends (of the professional athlete variety) are among the attendees, as well as some of the families benefiting from the Foundation.

Joe Andruzzi Gratitude Gala 2014

The Foundation also works with runners to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through races, including the Boston Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, and the Falmouth Road Race. (The last one is a big deal up here in New England.) For the Boston Marathon, the Foundation hosts a viewing party, in addition to other fundraising events for their runners.

Joe Andruzzi Foundation Runners Marathon Road Race

Other successful fundraising efforts include the annual Up(Beat) comedy night, holiday shopping at David Yurman, and a partnership with Honey Dew Donuts, New England’s largest locally owned coffee and donut shop chain.

Did I mention they also have an Alex & Ani bangle? As part of the jewelry brand’s Charity by Design line, 20% of the purchase price from each bracelet goes back to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. Love it!

Joe Andruzzi Foundation Alex and Ani Positivity bangle

Last, but certainly not least, is the annual Joe Andruzzi and Friends Golf Tournament, held at the prestigious Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. This year marks the 7th year of the tournament, where Joe and friends (you know, of the NFL variety) hit the links with generous patrons. An auction is also held. The 2014 event raised over $250,000.

(You still have time to become a sponsor for this year’s tournament, which will be held on Monday, June 29. Click here for more details.)

Joe Andruzzi Foundation Golf Tournament 2014

We hope that 2015 is the most successful year yet for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation!

WEBSITE: http://joeandruzzifoundation.org/

FACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/joeandruzzifoundation

All photographs courtesy of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. 

– Michelle

Charity Spotlight: Brigance Brigade Update

Do you ever have a day where you just need to hear some good news?

Today was one of those days.

That’s why we were happy to see an update in our inbox from one of our favorite charities. We featured them in our Charity Spotlight a few months ago and wanted to pass along their recent success, especially in light of everything that has been happening in Baltimore the last few days.

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The Brigance Brigade held their 2nd Annual 5.7K Championship Run and 1 Mile Family Run/Walk this past weekend on Saturday, April 25. Over 1,400 runners raised more than $175,000 for those suffering from ALS and their families. How about that for some good news coming out of the Baltimore area?

Unfortunately, we were not able to attend the event this year because of prior commitments, but we’re hoping that we will make an appearance in the future. I’m just gonna throw this out there – we’re not runners, so if you expect us to do more than the 1 Mile Family Run/Walk, you may be disappointed.

Congrats to the Brigance Brigade and all of the families that will be helped with the raised funds!

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Photos courtesy of the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

– Michelle & Val

Charity Spotlight: Patrick Chung and Chung Changing Lives

There are a lot of NFL-related events that Val and I wish we had the opportunity to attend, but one that we really regretted missing was Larry-oke. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Larry Izzo, he was a linebacker and special teamer who played with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Jets, as well as a huge supporter of military families and our troops. During his time in New England, Larry sponsored an annual karaoke night, featuring performances by some of his teammates. The event was extremely successful, raising over $600,000 during his time in New England, and producing gems such as these:

Well, Larry departed for the Jets (ugh, the Jets) in 2009 and took his Larry-oke event with him. Sadly, Val and I never got the chance to attend.

The good news is that one Patriot is bringing back the karaoke tradition this year. That Patriot is Patrick Chung and today we’re bring you the story of his charity.

Chung Changing Lives

WHO: Patrick Chung (Patriots safety) and his wife, Cecelia Chung

Patrick Chung was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and has been with the team except for the 2013 season, when he played for the Eagles. His background gives some insight into the causes his charity supports – he was born in Jamaica to Sophia George-Chung, who earned fame as a singer with the hit “Girlie Girle.”

CHARITY NAME: Chung Changing Lives

CAUSES: “Chung Changing Lives (CCL) is dedicated to improving the lives of children. CCL was established to support the personal and academic development of boys and girls through providing access to enrichment and educational programs ranging from swimming classes to musical instruction. The goal of CCL is to cultivate healthy lifestyles and active civic participation by ensuring that children have equal access to character-shaping experiences. Additionally, CCL seeks to improve the lives of young children by providing funding to other organizations which seek to enrich children’s lives.”

EVENTS: As noted above, Chung Changing Lives will be hosting an Open Mic Holiday Party on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00pm at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA. Proceeds from the event will go towards Chung Changing Lives, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Dimock Center, a health and human services center providing low-cost, high-quality care to Boston residents. General admission tickets are $50 and higher-priced VIP options are also available. The event will feature celebrity karaoke, a live and silent auction, raffles, and photo-booths. (Personally, we’re hoping this becomes an annual event!)

This year, CCL also held its second annual SMART Pep Rally in Boston. SMART (Summer Music Academy for Real Teens) “is a three-week intensive for youth of Greater Boston to learn from and work with professional musicians to build their skills in songwriting, beat making, and more, but also to develop lasting connections across geographic and cultural boundaries with other young people who share a passion for music.” SMART is co-sponsored by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. A performance at the Boston Hard Rock Cafe for graduates of the SMART program was held in August.

Recently, Chung Changing Lives made it even easier to donate through AmazonSmile. Sign-up using your Amazon account and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will go back to Chung Changing Lives.

WEBSITE: http://chungchanginglives.org/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/chungchanginglivesinc

 CCL logo image included in this post is from here.

– Michelle

Charity Spotlight: Joique Bell Foundation

Up until recently, these were the things I knew about Joique Bell:

1) He’s a Detroit Lions running back.

2) He was on my fantasy team last year and scored me some points.

3) Even though he contributed to fantasy team wins, I wasn’t entirely sure how to say his name. I felt badly about this. (Don’t take it personally Joique – no one knows how to say our last name, so we know the struggle.)

4) He has his own mini-show on Detroit Lions site, Answer the Bell, where he interviews his teammates. It’s always entertaining. Give this man a microphone and watch him go.

No, he’s not the guy wearing the Spongebob Pants below, but the video is still worth watching.

5) He gave this motivational speech at his locker once:

 

After a little research, I’ve added something else to that list – Joique Bell likes to give back to his hometown community.

 

WHO: Joique Bell, Lions Running Back

CHARITY NAME: The Joique Bell Foundation

CAUSES: “The Joique Bell Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for the youth of today to help propel their dreams of tomorrow.  The foundation exemplifies positive changes that brings positive results to encourage our youth.”

EVENTS: The Foundation’s big event is their annual youth football/cheerleading camp and celebrity basketball game held in Bell’s hometown of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Bell started this event his rookie year and it has grown since then. He wants to use the camp as a catalyst for the kids in his community – to give them something to look forward to and to encourage them to get on the right path in life.

Joique Bell Foundation Football Camp

Joique Bell Foundation – 2014 Football and Cheerleading Camp – Photo from joiquebell.com

The Joique Bell Foundation may not have a multitude of events at the moment, but I wanted to share it with you because you can tell that the cause is very close to Bell’s heart. You don’t have to be a Larry Fitzgerald and contribute to a million different causes to make a difference in the community, and Joique does a very good job at that. I’m not saying Joique couldn’t pull a Larry Fitzgerald one day and expand his efforts, but for right now, he’s making a difference in the community that he grew up in and I think that’s pretty cool.

To get a better understanding of Joique’s story, you should definitely check out this Bleacher Report article.

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Joique Bell signing autographs at his 2014 Football and Cheerleading camp – Photo from joiquebell.com

WEBSITE: http://joiquebell.com/foundation/ (Not that you care, but he’s got some sick graphic design on his site. Very well done.)

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joique-Bell/142542922568815

– Michelle