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Project Sweet Caroline

23 Nov

This week is all about giving, right?  Well I have a story that will certainly touch your heart.

Let me introduce you to Melissa.  Melissa was a student teacher when I was in high school and many years later, I found out that Melissa and my late sister-in-law, Jill, used to be playmates as kids.  Small world, right?  Melissa also happens to be a knitter and let me tell you, she can knit.  The other day on facebook she wrote a status about donating knit caps to preemies so of course, I had to ask more.  Here is what she wrote:

“I started the charity Project Sweet Caroline after my best friend lost her preemie Caroline back in April of 2011. My friendwas diagnosed with HELP Syndrom and her daughter was born at about 26 weeks. Her family was blessed with just over a week with her before she returned to Heaven. While in the NICU and the hospital at the University of Michigan my best friend and her daughter received the very best care. My friend was touched when her daughter was given one of the few hand knit caps they had to keep her warm. After Caroline passed tis tiny hat was one of the only real possessions my friend had in memory of her daughter.

In order to show thanks to the University of Michigan NICU and their staff I started Project Sweet Caroline. Knitters from all over the world use sock yarn in washable soft wool to knit tiny caps. To date we have knit over 260 hats (More arrived on Friday). We have a group on Ravelry that can be found here and the pattern we use can be found here.

All hats are mailed to me or donated by the knitters to their own local NICU. You can always have people email me at for my address.

The pattern is basically the leg of a sock. That’s how tiny they are. We hope to expand to send meal and gas gift cards to the families of these children, as some families have to travel 4+ hours a day to see their children while they under-go care.”

How amazing is that?  One little girl, Sweet Caroline, went to be with Jesus but her memory will live on forever.  For any questions or ways you can help, please contact myself or Melissa.


Running For A Cause: Maria Wegner-Johnson

24 Aug

God Bless my friend Maria and her amazing ideas, kind heart and eagerness to run, run and run some more.  Maria runs daily as part of her training for her first full marathon but instead of just running for self accomplishment (which is totally awesome, too) she runs for a cause.  Well I am honored to announced that Mara is running for the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund!  How cool is that?

Maria wrote about ways to donate in her blog post.  It reads, “Rather than having folks donate a flat rate (you can still do that), I thought I’d add some fun to it by pledging per mile, per pair of shoes (I’ve already burned through one pair!), per tube of nuun or ounces of Gatorade consumed, per protein shake, per ice bath taken, per mile biked in cross-training (not many, btw), calories burned…whatever you want. I will keep it all in a spreadsheet and provide updates weekly.”

So please join me in giving Maria some motivation and encouragement as she looks to conquer her first marathon in November with the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund in mind!

The 2nd Annual JEHH Memorial Golf Tournament

3 Aug

I’ve been a awful blogger these days and my excuse?  We’ve been busy!  I am looking for one more interview for my “A Day In The Life” series and then I will be doing a wrap-up of my thoughts on the whole thing.  Besides that we’ve honestly been busy!

On Sunday we kicked off the 2nd Annual JEHH Memorial Golf Tournament.  The weather was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out.  144 golfers showing their support for an great fund.  Thank you Jesus!

Ian Pouliot from Nemesis Photo took photos from 11 AM to 6 PM.  I can’t wait to send you the link when he has all of his photos up.  But for now, I will leave you with this amazing photo of one little boy who has a new found passion for golf.

The Power of Giving

20 Apr

Giving is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done.  Period.

I give because I can.  I give because I care about others.  I give because I know that God will always provide.  I give because I have more than enough.  I give because it is in my power to do so.  Why do you give?  Think about it.

Giving is really simple.  It is a small selfless act that comes from the heart.  It is something you do and expect absolutely nothing in return.  It is something you do because you want to not because someone told you to.  It is something you do without caring if anyone notices.  It is a simple act of kindness that is unmeasurable.  There is no better way to grasp the power of giving than to open up your Bible.

I could quote bible verse after bible verse that relate to giving.  Deuteronomy 15:10 reads, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”  And Proverbs 11:24-25 reads, “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

How powerful are those verses?  Jesus gave.  I don’t think I even have to elaborate on that.

My prayer for you this week is to give “without a grudging heart”;  to give with a willing heart and expect nothing but the Lords blessing in return.  To not withhold and to give even if you don’t find it is in your financial means.  As Easter is quickly approaching, remember that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16).

The Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Basketball Classic

18 Jan

>On Saturday, the JEHH Memorial Fund held its 1st Basketball Classic and to say it was a success is an understatement.  We have had numerous emails come in saying players felt like they were part of the NBA.  Adam really did an amazing job creating an atmosphere that most kids will never experience.  During halftime, local dance groups performed and the crowd loved the fun games during timeouts.  We had amazing volunteers that helped out from beginning to end!  Being apart of such an amazing, full of love foundation is just an incredible honor.  I know Jilly was smiling down on us (especially when Cameron Diaz won the raffle – HA!  She opted to donate it back and draw another name)!

Please enjoy a few pictures from the event!

The locker rooms!

Most Valuable Player Awards!

A few volunteers!

The little mascots!


The JEHH Holiday Raffle

15 Nov

>The holidays are approaching and the Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Holiday Raffle has started!  Two amazing prizes are up for grab including a Costa Rica Getaway and an NBA Fantasy Night.

The 2nd prize is an NBA Fantasy Night which includes:

A night to remember! Your NBA fantasy comes true when you sit in Mark Cuban’s owners seats at the Mavericks vs. Celtics game. Enjoy VIP parking before the game and a hotel room in downtown Boston after the game.  Your experience doesn’t stop there as you stay in post game section and enjoy a meet & greet with Dirk Nowitzki. So bring your camera and enjoy this NBA night in Boston, MA.
  • Mark Cuban’s 2 Owner’s Tickets to the Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics Game on February 4th, 2011 @8:00pm in Boston, MA
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation in Boston, MA
  • VIP Celtics Parking
  • Authentic Jason Kidd Signed Dallas Mavericks Jersey
  • 2 Post Game Passes
  • A meet & greet with NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki

The Grand Prize is a Costa Rica Getaway which includes:

Sit back, relax, and prepare to be in this all –inclusive paradise for 4 days. A trip for 2 to an amazing sustainable rainforest Eco-Lodge Hotel, Finca Luna Nueva, in Costa Rica, for 4 days, 3 nights including:
  • Round-trip airfare from anywhere in the Continental US
  • Shuttle to and from airport
  • Overnight accommodations at Casa Luna or Bungalows
  • Breakfast included
  • Use of the natural swimming Pool and Jacuzzi
  • One farm tour around Finca Luna Nueva Hotel
  • Activities available for purchase
Add lunch and dinner for only $27 per person per night (taxes and service not included)
Value: $4,800
Trip valid: January 2011- September 2011.
*Dates subject to availability.
What great prizes!  Tickets are $25 each and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the JEHH Memorial Fund.  For those that usually give to charities as a christmas gift, please remember us!  For more details, check out our new and improved website!

>Website: The JEHH Memorial Fund

5 Nov

>It is my pleasure to announce to you that The JEHH Memorial Fund website is up and running.  After a minor bump in the road we were introduced to Ameronix and it has been a pleasure working with them.

Please check us out!  We appreciate all your support and feedback!  And don’t forget to “Chase your dreams!”

Jill & I in Limoges, France 2008

>Clean Drinking Water

21 Sep

>Who ever thought we would live in a world where there are hundreds of thousands of people without clean drinking water.  I am not going to go into too much detail but I will introduce you to two people who will provide you with details; Maria Wegner-Johnson and Joel Houston.

Maria has been training to run a half marathon in November and has decided to dedicate her run to Living Water International.  As a part of that, she is raising money for them.  If you would like to help Maria reach her goal and help Living Water International, please donate here.

Joel Houston is a friend of Adam’s and the lead singer of Hillsong United.  On behave of his 30th birthday, he has also set up a fund that will give 100% of your donations to help bring clean drinking water to people in Central African Republic.  Again, any donation will help.  If you would like to help, please donate here.

I ask you today, to give thanks to God as you sit back and drink, shower, wash dishes and do laundry in clean water.  Be thankful.

>JEHH Golf Tournament: Photos

12 Aug

>Have a look at the Golf Tournament through a lens! Enjoy!

>The 1st Annual JEHH Memorial Golf Tournament

3 Aug

>Sunday marked the 1st Annual JEHH Memorial Golf Tournament and to say it was a success is an understatement. It was by far the most amazing non-profit event I have ever witnessed. I cried, laughed and shared tears of joy throughout the entire day. The amount of people that came out to golf, volunteer, to watch or just come to dinner was overwhelming. There was so much love and support in the air it brought some much joy to my heart. To see the amount of people that connected with Jill and wanted to do something in her name was just incredible.

Most people plan golf tournaments a year in advance and to see Adam, his Mom, brother and all the other people involved pull it off in 7 weeks is unreal. Can you imagine how amazing next years tournament is going to be with a year of planning?
There were two photographers on sight throughout the day and I can’t wait to show you pictures!