Well, the fact of the matter is that the B4K organization is an
entity unlike many other organizations. There is no membership
population to rely on. We have put a lot of pride in being a 100%
volunteer organization. This allows for the MAXIMUM return on
investment when pretty close to 100% of every dollar donated goes
DIRECTLY TO THE KIDS!
We are different in many ways from other organizations. As an
example we don't have club members to assign tasks to and require
event attendance as part of their membership dues. We rely solely on
our past/current board of directors.
Life changes happen to everyone. The same can be said for those
currently involved with B4K. Events in career, health, &
relationships sometimes have to take precedence in a person's life.
Please don't misunderstand us here, we are all in it for the long
haul. We need new members to teach and mentor, to help "carry the
torch" so to speak.
Think about this for a moment. With the unfortunate loss of their
youngest child, our founding president along with his wife searched
their broken hearts in an effort to help ease the pain with the loss
of their daughter Amy. You see, Amy was a bright, loving,
passionate, heart warming person that put a smile on the face of
pretty much anyone she made contact with. She was very outgoing and
always loved to assist or help anyone in any way she possibly could.
Amy had a passion for the outdoors that was infectious. It was never
to cold, to windy, to early or to late to strap on a pair of boots
and head outdoors!
Steve and April found that there may be no better way to honor Amy
than to pass on her passion for people and the outdoors. What better
way than to put a smile on a deserving face and use the great
outdoors to do it. They decided to put on a small little event to
try to raise a few bucks for a deserving child in honor of "Amy Sue
Daisy Pray", by using her favorite outdoor activity. The Prays
decided to throw a benefit archery shoot and outdoor auction to
accomplish that task.
Who would have thought that the "1st Annual Amy Pray Memorial Shoot"
held in 1998 would springboard "Benefit4Kids" to what it is today,
now 20 years later. Benefit4Kids and it's supporters have helped
hundreds of deserving kids, possibly 1000's of deserving family
members to enjoy what Amy held dear, a smile with a breath of fresh
Together with generous donors and supporters, like you, we have been
able to honor Amy in a way that we know would make her proud. And we
as a small group of board members are very proud of everything B4K
stands for and know we couldn't have done it without YOU!
So, what is this all about? It is about longevity, the love for the
organization and for what it is and to keep it a 100% Volunteer
Organization. We are a very small group internally here at
Benefit4Kids. Most of us have been involved since it's beginning. We
carried the burden proudly over the years and will do so until we
can do no more. But we, as a board want this organization to grow.
We want to reach more children because we have seen the effect a
smile has on a child. We felt the energy a sick body achieves when
it it can enjoy a peaceful moment in time. We want this to carry on,
but it will not be able to if we don't get more people on board, so
we can continue to utilize every penny for the kids and their
families. It is very possible that if we are not able to bring a few
more members on board, that we may have to hire an employee to help
with not only growing, but merely sustaining the organization.
We need physical support. We need an active volunteer group led by
an active Board of Directors. We are looking for able bodies and
minds interested in helping support the efforts and mission of
Benefit4Kids. Being involved can easily begin with attending one of
our board meetings. We have at least 1 -2 physical board meetings a
year along with several board meetings via Web Meeting and/or
phone conference. After attending, you may see where you can help.
We know people are out there. Good people with big hearts. We know,
because we have seen you in action. We are pointing a finger
directly at you with this newsletter! Yes, you. You with the tear in
your eye and swollen heart when you see a child dealing with an
issue beyond their control. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to help
ease the pain? You can. We have events you can offer up your
physical labor for a day. We have committees you can help with by
leading efforts, like stuffing B4K promo bags for hand-outs we use a
sport shows and events. You may also be that person that is needed
to fill that empty chair at our board meetings as a board of
If any of this is resonating with you.
Please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and
let us connect with you! Help us keep the smiles alive. We need you
and more importantly, the kids need you.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and action packed time
enjoying all of this country's great outdoor offerings as we go
forward in 2018. Always remember, tomorrow is never
guaranteed, learn to enjoy today. It's true because God said so!
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about
tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own.