We are all part of Community. None of us got where we are today
without the help of many others, some we don't even know. The
best way to say 'Thanks' for the good things in our life is to
give back a little to the Community.
Jim "Mudcat" Grant started his charitable work as a
child, dancing with his sister, on the street, to raise money
his mother would use to buy food for the poor. "My mother
taught us that sharing was the most important priority in
life." Mudcat no longer dances on the street, but still
works tirelessly for a number of charities. "Mudcat"
works in conjunction with Balboa
Meetings & Incentives as a volunteer to help raise
awareness of the plight of these troubled youngsters and helps
coordinates the charitable activities between our two
organizations. Together Mudcat and Balboa Meetings &
Incentives have organized events from Old-timer's Baseball Games
to Celebrity Golf Tournaments, raising thousands of dollars for
Mudcat has worked with the Diabetes Foundation, the Cancer
Foundation, the NAACP and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Today
he devotes his time especially to the following organizations:
April 19, 2004: Sports
Trivia Family Night
Brown & Williamson Club / Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium,
Sports Trivia Family Night consists of sports memorabilia
available for purchase through "silent" and
"live" auction, the opportunity to socialize with
local and national sports celebrities, sports trivia contest,
and delicious food.
June 5, 2004: 6th Annual
Passport to a Cure Gala
The Gala is a black-tie optional event which includes: cocktail
party, limited "live" and "silent" auctions
of special items, elegant dinner, and entertainment.
September 18, 2004: Greater
Louisville Walk to Cure Diabetes
Bowman Field / Seneca Park, Louisville, KY
September 25, 2004:
Bluegrass Region Walk to Cure Diabetes
Jacobson Park, Lexington, KY
Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
International serves 108 counties in Kentucky and 10 counties in
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation International was formed in 1970 by parents of
children with diabetes to find a cure for diabetes and its
complications through the support of research and research
education. Since the organization's inception, over $680
million has been invested in diabetes research. JDRF is
the world's leading, nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of
Diabetes is chronic,
debilitating, autoimmune disease affecting every organ system.
Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes) strikes children and adults
suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the
constant threat of devastating complications. 16 million
Americans have diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetes kills
one American every three minutes. Approximately one child
is diagnosed every hour every day. Life expectancy for
people with diabetes is shortened by an average of 15 years.
Warning signs of Juvenile
Diabetes may include: extreme thirst, frequent urination,
drowsiness or lethargy, sugar in urine, sudden vision changes,
increased appetite, sudden weight loss, fruity or sweet breath,
heavy or labored breathing, stupor or unconsciousness.
For more information or
volunteer opportunities, call the Kentuckiana
Chapter at 502-485-9397 or 1-866-485-9397 or contact email@example.com
Together, we will find a cure!
and Girls Club of Lacooche
Mudcat grew up in the tiny Florida town of Lacooche. When a
local businessman called to tell him their Boys and Girls Club
was about to close due to a lack of funds, Mudcat caught a plane
and flew down there to look the situation over. He put together
an annual fundraiser that includes a celebrity golf tournament
and a baseball clinic for the kids.
Kaw Valley Habitat for
Jim Mudcat Grant supports the Kaw Valley affiliate of
Habitat for Humanity. Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity
located in Kansas City, Kansas co-sponsors Habitat HOME RUN.
The Eighth Annual HOME RUN is a run/walk
scheduled for March 29, 2004 at the Richard Berkley Riverfront
Park in Kansas City.
To date, the
HOME RUN has raised over $275,000 for 10 local Habitat for
Humanity affiliates. Mudcat provided assistance producing
the HOME RUN by connecting Kaw Valley Habitat for
Humanity to the American Negro League Baseball museum and the
American Jazz museum in Kansas City.
Grant, Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity and other affiliates of
Habitat for Humanity International combine their vision, energy
and abilities to achieve the goal of eliminating sub-standard
housing in the world. "Everyone who gets sleepy at
night deserves a simple, decent place to lay their head."
information on the Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity, please go to
You may join any of these efforts by emailing Mudcat at TheBlackAces@aol.com