Community


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.

Charities


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 various charities.

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:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kentuckiana Chapter Events

April 19, 2004: Sports Trivia Family Night
Brown & Williamson Club / Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY
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
Louisville, KY
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

The Kentuckiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International serves 108 counties in Kentucky and 10 counties in Indiana.

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 research.

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 www.kentuckiana@jdrf.org

Together, we will find a cure!

Boys 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 Humanity


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.

Jim Mudcat 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."

For more information on the Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity, please go to www.kawvalleyhabitat.org.

 
You may join any of these efforts by emailing Mudcat at TheBlackAces@aol.com

 
 
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