The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (JFOCC) provides a week of great sports entertainment, a variety of social events and a much-needed economic boost to the region.
However, beyond all of this, the true mission of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic is to raise money for the children’s charities of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The tournament has successfully met that mission throughout its 25-year history.
“During the past 25 years, the JFOCC has given back $6.2 million to more than 100 charities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan,” said Judd Silverman, tournament director.
Charities are chosen through a highly competitive grant process. According to the application for funds, the JFOCC grantees seek charities that meet the emerging needs of youth with innovative programs that have a high probability of solving community problems.
One of this year’s chosen charities is Mobile Meals, which is venturing beyond its well-known service of providing home delivery of meals to the elderly. Mobile Meals is receiving JFOCC funds for its new Weekender Program.
“Mobile Meals of Toledo is thrilled to be a part of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic this year with our new Weekender Program,” said Carolyn Fox, director of development. “The Weekender Program provides food to children who would otherwise receive inadequate nourishment over the weekend.”
The Weekender Program serves the children in three inner-city elementary schools giving each student a bag of food to take home every Friday afternoon during the school year, thus supplementing their weekend nutrition.
Another charity selected to receive funds from the tournament proceeds is the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo. According to Marc Folk, executive director, funds received from the JFOCC will be directed to the Young Artist at Work Program (YAAW).
YAAW was started 15 years ago and provides summer employment to area youth. The projects range from dance projects to murals. Among the many projects led by professional artists, JFOCC funds will be used to underwrite the creation of 10 benches to be placed in the Arts Zone in Downtown. The creative and visually interesting benches will give directional signage to galleries and amenities in the Arts Zone.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Jamie Farr Tournament,” Folk said. “Given the economy and cuts in funding, this specific program would not happen this year without their support.”
Charities selected for 2009 are Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Central City Ministry, Easter Seals Northern Ohio, Gabby’s Ladder, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Mobile Meals of Toledo, Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, Rusty’s House and YWCA of Greater Toledo.
Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House has been the tournament’s permanent charity. In 1995, the JFOCC began funding a scholarship program for college students as well.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals work smarter for the greater good of our community. On occasion, she presents the TMZ report on FOX Toledo News First at 4. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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