On Saturday, July 8th, 2017 the 25th Annual Jack Gardner Memorial Softball Tournament will take
place. It is once again being hosted by the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068 and being organized by the Jack’s
The conception of Jack’s Kids began in 1992 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 Five years later the Jack’s Kids Committee is still doing it.
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
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
http://jackskids.org/jacks-kids. 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 the New Jersey State PBA President, Pat Colligan will serve as the
Honorary Chairperson of this year’s tournament. Pat stated, “I am honored to be the Honorary Chair of
an Organization that is full of true superheroes….these small children fighting big battles. Their hearts and
perseverance are an inspiration to us all.”
We are seeking commitments to making a difference in these children’s lives by supporting our annual
appeal by making a monetary donation. This year our goal is $100,000, and we hope that you will be able to
make a contribution towards our goal. It is the 25th year of Jack’s Kids and we want it to be one of the BEST!.
Your generosity will make a difference in the Jack’s Kids families by allowing us to continue in our work.
Your generous tax deductible donation payable to Jack’s Kids c/o The Somerville Elks can be mailed to the
above address attention Hank Werner/ Jack Gardner Softball Tournament.
Thank you in advance for your support!