Jackie Pische - Joshua J Richards Charitable Foundation

2016 Hit ‘Er Whiff Golf Outing Date Set

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On June 12, 2016 th Foundation will host the  3rd Annual Hit ‘Er Whiff Golf outing. We are pleased that we are returning to Mid Vallee Golf Course in DePere once again this coming year. Registration fee remains the same at $100.00 per person ($400.00 per foursome) and includes 18 holes of fun filled golf, lunch and dinner. We hope to have lots of great fun and prizes to follow dinner! Register by March 1st to get into our early-bird drawing. Funds will be used to benefit underprivileged children in NE WI participate in activities like the Jason Berken Baseball camp and will be donated to the University of Wisconsin’s Organ and Tissue Program.

 

Keep an eye on our blogs for updates on prizes and giveaway’s!!

Amazing 2015!!

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What a year 2015 has been for Josh’s Foundation.

It all started promptly on January 1st with the Rose Bowl.  I was lucky enough to ride on the Donate Life Float in honor of Joshua and his generous gift of tissue to me thanks to the great people at American Tissue Services Foundation and Medtronic. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience but at the same time so very bittersweet as Josh would have loved to see the Rose Bowl.

In June we had an amazing turnout for the Hit ‘Er Whiff Golf outing with over 100 participants and major sponsors like the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, Medtrinic, American Tissue Services, Sysrad, University of Wisconsin Organ Donor Program (and Dottie!) and Doc’s Harley Davidson.  We are pleased to report donations exceeded 2014 and totaled over $13,000.00.  We had a considerable number of donations as well, ranging from gift baskets to signed Packer memorabilia, and lest we forget about the famous Daytona 500 experience package!  All were auctioned off by our friend and supporter John Maino.  We truly thank everyone for participating in this great annual event and are already planning the 2016 event for June 12, 2016 at MidVallee Golf Course.  Keep an eye on our website for more details.

In September we held our annual all vehicle poker run at the Mountain Springs Motel and Campground.  Once again, American Tissue Services Foundation stepped it up and provided the funds for some great bandannas that were given out to each of the 90 riders.  This was a great time, with bus service provided for some of the less hearty riders, like myself, by Another Way Entertainment.  Others rode by motorcycle, car and ATV.  We had nine stops this year and want to thank Spirits of Gillett, AA Bar, Eagles Nest, Mountain Springs Motel, Everbreeze, Schoolhouse, Mulligans, Beach Club and Old Town Hall.  Without these amazing businesses we would not be able to have such a great ride on the beautiful day we had to enjoy ourselves in memory of Josh.

This year’s giving was a joy to do.  This year Josh’s Foundation purchased and installed a much needed sprinkler system for the Gillett School District’s football and practice field.  The field was in very poor condition and had a very high cost to maintain.  It is a privilege to drive by and see so many of our youth enjoying this great field, which includes track and field.  We are very excited as the practice field for this, Josh’s high school, will be named after him later this year or in the spring of 2016.

We have also partnered with DePere’s own Jason Berken, and are sponsoring up to twenty children to attend his baseball camp in January.  This camp allows kids from 3rd grade to 12th grade attend a camp that is taught by many professional baseball players and coaches.  The children we are sponsoring come from homes that have lost someone near and dear to them.  Most of the children in some way have been touched by the organ donation program, having lost loved ones or by having one that has received the gift of life through this program.

The Foundation has also provided funds again this year to the Oconto River Kids, a non-profit organization that allows critically or terminally ill children participate in hunting and fishing activities.  Along with that we have also donated to the Menominee Tribal Hoops program, a tribal program that was started by Wendall Waukau and is aimed at allowing children the opportunity to play basketball at an early stage in their education.  There are several other donations have been made including the Kidney for Kasey event and the N.E.W. Donate Life Walk.

Josh’s last great honor of this year was the naming of the New Jersey Medtronic Conference Room after Josh.  This everlasting tribute to Josh means more to his friends and family than words could possibly describe.  Thank you Medtronic for being such a great group to work with and thank you for all you do for the tissue donors and recipients.

Of course, none of this would not be possible had it not been for the many generous donors and participants.  You have made it possible for us to keep Josh’s great name alive by all that you have done this year.  This biggest thanks goes to you.  We hope you continue to watch and support this Foundation as we grow and please consider becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.  Visit www.donatelife.net to register online and be a hero like our Josh!

Gillett High School to Name Football Practice Field After Joshua Richards

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The Gillett School Board and Board members Scott Hamilton, Jackie Pische and Mike Pische met on April 16, 2015 to finalize the proposal to name the practice field after Joshua Richards.  In exchange for the naming rights the Joshua Richards Foundation will be installing an in ground sprinkler system to help improve both the practice field and the playing field.  Both are greatly used by not only by Josh’s former Gillett football team but by the physical education classes and other after school events.  This in-ground system will greatly improve not only the strength and looks of the field but will ensure the field is useful for years to come.

Funds raised at this year’s Hit ‘Er Whiff Golf Outing in June and the Stinger ATV and motorcycle run in September will help to raise the funds necessary for this worthwhile project.

 

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Josh’s Legacy Continues to Help Others through Organ and Tissue Donation

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Through medical advancement, organ and tissue donation has made great strides in assisting others live full and healthy lives.  Hearing the amount of individuals that Josh has been able to help with his choice of donating brings our organization great pride.  His legacy continues to move forward with his donation helping save the lives and/or increasing the quality of life for over 50 individuals across the world.  The letter below received from the American Tissue Service Foundation makes us very proud.  Please ensure to visit our Organ Donation page to find out more on how to ensure you are signed up for this great program.

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Gillett High School Donations Put to Great Use

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By Coach Scott Hamilton
In July and September, 2014 the Gillett High School Football team received two cash donations from the Joshua Richards Charitable Foundation that directly benefited the Gillett High School Football Team.
The Gillett High School team is comprised of 36 youth members and is coached by a staff of 5 mostly volunteer coaches. I am among one of the coaching staff and volunteer my time to this wonderful sport.
As many know, many school districts have been hit hard by budget funding over recent years, and our school district was among those. Given the small budget provided to us from the school district, many of the players have had to rely on fundraisers (brat fries, banquet and donations). These funds help us provide proper equipment, supplies and uniforms for our players.
The donations from the Joshua Richards Foundation went to purchase a new first aide bag which replaced 2 very old boxes; matching socks for the players for both games and pink socks for breast cancer awareness month; athletic tapes; playing cleats; laces; replacements cleats; and other supplies.
In 2014, for only the 3rd time in school history, the team made it to the state playoffs and advanced to the second round, which has never been done in school history. All the items donated were used in getting us to this level. The Gillett High School Team and coaching staff appreciates the donations and support from Josh’s Foundation and others.

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Joshua Richards Foundation Gives Back to University of WI Organ Donor Program

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On October 2, 2014 several Board members of the Joshua Richards Charitable Foundation and transplant recipients had the opportunity to travel to Madison WI to present a check to Mike Anderson, Executive Director, and the hard working individuals at the UW Organ Donor Program.  This program, like Josh’s Foundation, are both non-profit organizations and donations are always a blessing to continue with our goals.

This event brought many members of the UW Organ Donor Program and American Tissue Services Foundation together, some we knew from their participation in our events, some we knew only from correspondence, and lots of new and talented people who work hard to save lives everyday for us.  This is committed group of individuals provide outreach, education and coordinate procurement of organs, eyes and tissue when one of us leaves and gives the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.  Without them many more lives would be lost waiting on a transplant list.  They are a top notch team that Mr. Anderson heads up and thank them for all of their teamwork.

Our great friend, and truly an inspiration, Matthew (age 7) was also able to present his check that had been donated by party guests during his last birthday.  Matthew, the grandson of the lung recipient, selflessly asked his birthday guests to donate to the Joshua Richards Charitable Foundation in lieu of gifts and generated $660.00.  Matthew and his entire family are our new heroes and are a shining examples that our future is in good hands.

In addition to Matthew,  “Larry the Lung” and family and “Benny the Heart” with his beautiful fiance were also present and both shared heart felt words (no pun intended Benny) on what their gift has meant to them and their families.  Meeting these recipients has been an honor and thank them for reaching out to us through the UW Organ Donor Program when we needed it.  As a donor family, we think often about the recipients and are so pleased to have the opportunity to know them and watch their healing.

I was able to share my gratitude as well, and let everyone know how the organ donor program saved me following Josh’s tragic and sudden death.  Had that horrible event been the last memory of Josh, I am not sure how we would have moved on through life.  Instead, our lasting memories are of Josh, giving to others as always.  He saved seven lives and restored sight for two and in the future will be helping many others with his tissue donation.  I was the first recipient of his tissue only a few weeks prior to our visit thanks to the work of the American Tissue Services Foundation and Medtronic.  We have learned that both ATSF and Medtronic  continue on with their work and up to 50 other individuals all over the world may benefit from Josh’s tissue donation in the months to come.  Josh’s still not done!

Our day ended with a beautiful cake thanks to Laura and best of all, watching Larry jog to his car!!

We want to thank all of our wonderful friends and family for participating in our fundraising events and the generous cash donations that continue to be received.  This has allowed us to remember our beloved Josh and make our world a better place.

Poker Run August 23rd Planning Update

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The Joshua Richards Foundation Board met to discuss the planning of our all vehicle poker run set for August 23.  his will be fun for all.  Poker run stops are Spirits of Gillett, Eagles Nest (Suring), AA (Breed), Mountain Springs Motel and Campground, Everbreeze (Mountain) Schoolhouse, (Mountain) and Mulligan’s (Lakewood). People wanting to participate in the poker run can pick up the stamp cards at Spirits of Gillett or Mountain Springs Campground.  Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple.  Cash prizes for best three hands.  All stamp cards and cards must be handed in by 430 pm to be eligible.

Coming from Green Bay and don’t want to drive?  Another Way Entertainment will provide bus service from Green Bay to all poker run stops and free camping in our group tent for a small additional fee.  Call 920-217-2317 for more details.

Want to have a private camp site or have a camper…… camping sites are open across the street at Chute Pond Campground. They are part of the Oconto County group and can be reserved online.  Sites and perhaps even a hotel room may also be open at Mountain Springs Motel at 920 276 2700

Dinner and raffles to follow the event. Join us at dusk at Everbreeze to honor Josh with a lantern lighting over Chute Pond where he spent many camping trips growing up.

Dottie and the UW Organ and Tissue folks will be on hand too!

1st Golf Outing Huge Success for UW Organ Program and NE WI Kids

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The first official fundraise hosted by they newly formed Joshua J Richards Charitable Foundation was not just a great time but also a huge success that was attended by over 120 participants.  Golfers and enthuse alike enjoyed the awesome course at Mid Vallee and were treated to a wonderful dinner which followed.  Some lucky individuals won many of items in our bucket raffles and others walked away with great auction items including signed footballs and jerseys, artwork and weekend getaway packages.  One lucky couple won tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500 race thanks to our friends at Fox Sports. We were also honored to have as our guest Ben who received Joshua’s heart along with his family. The UW Organ Donor and Tissue Program was a welcome presence along with Dottie, providing education and information on this wonderful life saving program.  Many thanks to the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, Doc’s Harley Davidson of Shawano, Urology Associates of Green Bay and Giving United for their sponsorships.  Thanks to the participation and generosity of many we raised over $12,000.  Updates will be made to this site to share how your generosity will go to help others.

 

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