The conception of Jack’s Kids began in 1993 when Pierce Frauenheim and Jack Gardner had a friend that heard the worst news a parent could hear about their child. “She has cancer”. They saw the emotional turmoil this was taking on the family and wanted to help and with the support of the Somerville Elks and the community they did. Twenty Six years later, the Jack’s Kids Committee is still doing it.
On Saturday, July 14th, 2018 the 26th Annual Jack Gardner Memorial Softball Tournament took place. It was hosted by the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 and organized by the Jack’s Kids Committee. It is our mission to ease the financial burden to families dealing with serious childhood illnesses and/or serious disabilities, so they can focus on wrapping their family in the love and attention they need. In order to meet our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in our organization each year.
As in past years, all proceeds will continue to assist past recipients as well as our new families. Each ‘Jack’s Kid’ has their own unique and special story. To learn more about our kids, please visit the Jack’s Kids Page. You will be as amazed and touched by these children and their stories as we are. They truly are some of the bravest souls we know!
We are honored this year that New Jersey Elks Past Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Francis J. Decibus will serve as our Honorary Chairman. Francis stated, “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Jack’s Kids.” Jack’s Kids is truly honored to have such a distinguished member of the Elks accept this responsibility.
Although the tournament is a wonderful way to share the day with these truly heroic families, none of this would be possible without the outstanding and generous support from our volunteers, donors, sponsors and business owners. You truly are the life line of this organization. Without you we could not help Jack’s Kids and their families. Every year we have a larger impact on these families as well as our community.
Your generosity is making a difference with the Jack’s Kids families by allowing us to continue in our work.
The Jack’s Kids organization and their families would like to thank you for your continued support!