This is the long and overdue foundation update I have promised.
As you can imagine, our lives without Jason have changed forever. We continue to miss him very dearly, and long for his presence.
This foundation was started on Jason’s birthday, September 28, 2016. It is to honor Jason’s legacy and spirit in fulfillment of a discussion I had with him during the summer of 2016, about my desire to create something to help people. So, we continue to find ways to help “those in need, and inspire others to succeed”.
P.T. has also created a Facebook Page which we will continue to update. Please visit the site. Click HERE
We would like to outline our progress in line with the “Our Vision” bullet points of the foundation.
1) Conduct local annual and periodic fundraising events with Jason’s network of community, friends, and family.
- We had a bowling/corn hole bags event and silent auction in June of 2017, contributed and hosted by Jason’s cousin Brandon Partridge, owner/manager at PinHeadz in Yorkville. We had many of the Sinnick family network of friends and family solicit auction donations and contribute various items and help. The event raised over $18,000.
- Family friends of Jason, Heidi and Kevin Berry (very special thanks to them) conducted their annual “Bloodies for a Cause” event at their residence, in October of 2017 for JDSF40. Again, many in the network worked hard for donations and help. The event raised over $14,000.
- The team I work with at TTI Inc, coordinated special contributions from employees for casual dress day and other perks, to go to JDSF40, during each of the last two October’s, as well as donations from the 2017 annual chili cook off. These events raised over $2500.
- Erik Sproat (Jason’s brother PT’s, roommate) coordinated a contribution event at his company in January 2018, raising over $500.
- Jason’s Fraternity (Acacia) and bar he worked at part time at University of Illinois, the Red Lion, coordinated events to raise money for JDSF40. They raised over $3000.
- Jon Hollman, who works with me in the electronics industry, coordinated his March Madness pool in the industry this year, to donate 50% to JDSF40. They donated over $500.
2) Research local area communities, schools, churches, and families for potential critical needs that are unmet.
- We have donated to two families in Lisle over the last year. One was a family of 7 whose house burned down right before Christmas of 2017.
- We worked with Naperville Township, and found 2 families in 2016 and three families in 2017, who were in need of help and support for single mother families. We bought gifts for their kids, along with clothes and other necessities for Christmas each of those two years. Jason’s great best friend and room mate from college, and member of the foundation (Matt Finnander), helped us personally deliver these to the families during the holidays. We spent time with these families, who were incredibly touched and thankful.
- We supported the awesome cause of the “Midwest Homeless Veterans Shelter” based in Wheaton, supporting very needed help, counseling, housing, and finances for Veterans in need in the local 7 county area. We gave 4 figure checks to them each of the last two fall seasons. Ryan O Connor, PT, Karl Csukor and RJ Tomain joined us at the headquarters and tour of one of houses, while presenting them the check. See pictures.
3) Create local incentives, such as scholarships, to local students and/or athletes that emulate Jason’s drive and character.
- We presented 1 male and 1 female student voted “citizenship friend” award at Naperville North at their year end school assembly in May of 2017. Each was given a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of JDSF40. See Facebook page for the video.
- We awarded two $2,040 scholarships this year, at the same May event for the same cause. See video on Facebook page.
- JDSF40 supported the Naperville North Bass fishing team (yes, it is a growing and popular high school sport now) with $1,500 donation in 2017, and $1,040 in 2018. Jason loved to bass fish, but was never part of the team. The coach has designed the team logo to reflect Jason’s love and spirit of the sport with a fish logo that has initials JDS on the tail..
4) Bring involvement, camaraderie, and cause to Jason’s network by personally recognizing and delivering unmet local needs.
- All the above examples have proven his family and friend network to be true and involved.
I intend another update soon for additional news, along with a possible “save the date” for a possible fundraiser early this fall.
Also, see Jason’s childhood friend, Eric Johnson’s “GoFundMe” page for his inspired triathlon for JDSF40 support. Check out his racing shirt. Click HERE
We are close to ordering JDSF40 logo blankets and Husky dogs that we intend to use to comfort families and kids in the hospital and in other areas of need.
Thank you all, very much, for the continued support of this organization. We will go as big and far as all of you help us go.
JDSF40 has raised over $50,000 in the short first 21 months of this charity, helping and continuing to support the mission points outlined above.
We are humbled and thankful.
Thank you all.
Humble and Strong