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WE DID IT – 3 MILLION Dollars in Love Offerings!

Video Transcript:

Hey everybody, it’s Scott with 18 FORE Life. It’s been a while and about 10 days ago, we sent out our three millionth dollar in Love Offerings, and that is since 2000. I’ve been meaning to make this video and let you all know and kind of announce that and it was our goal. We knew this summer at one point we would send that out and it happened. And we’re very excited about that. We’re very grateful for the event this past June and the support that we had and just the support that everyone gives our charity.

And so we’re excited. And then at the same time, we know there’s not a cure and we just continue to get names and addresses in. And we’ll work towards four million dollars until they tell us there is a cure, we just know we’ve got more work to do until that time comes.

I wanted to thank everybody and also just let everyone know that thanks to that big event in June and then thanks to the donations, honestly, that we get year-round and we did it and were going to send out some Love Offerings this week, that’ll push us right on past the three million dollar mark. And again, start working on four. Thank you.

I wanted to show you, I don’t know if I’ve shown you all this before, but I had to move into this big tub and it is overflowing with cards and letters. We even got one recently. We even got one, just there’s honestly, there’s three million dollars worth of thank you notes in there is what that is. But we got one just recently this summer, it was a Christmas card that a fellow wrote on there and he said, you know, Christmas came early and he sent us a thank you card that was actually a Christmas card. I thought that was pretty cool. These folks’ attitude and spirits and toughness and strength and faith and hope and all of that is just incredible. And when they write these thank you letters or notes, it’s just it just inspires us to do more. And so thanks again. And until next time, we will see you later.

Our Drive to $3 Million Fundraiser Begins

 

Drive to $3 MILLION

Thanks to you, the Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation has been able to serve more individuals and families battling cancer. Your support and belief in our cause keep us going strong.

We have exciting news! We are asking our friends and biggest supporters to rally their families and networks to help our DRIVE to $3 MILLION (we have sent out $2,890,000.00 in love offerings since 2000) this year.

Now through the end of April, we’re looking for at least 10 supporters to raise $1000 each – the amount for providing one Love Offering to help ease the financial burden of battling cancer.

Awesome New Gear

And as a reward for your hard work, we’re giving away some awesome 18 FORE Life gear. We’re super proud of these brand new items:

When you raise a total of $250 for 18 FORE Life, you’ll earn your choice of a Cap OR a Bucket Hat.

Cap and Bucket Hat 2021

When you raise a total of $500, you’ll earn a Cap or a Bucket Hat AND a Vest.

Vest 2021

When you raise a total of $1000+, you’ll earn a Cap or Bucket Hat, a Vest, AND a Jacket.

Jacket 2021

Get Started Now!

Getting started is easy to do, and it’s fun. We’ll even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference. With your help, I know we can reach our campaign goal by April 30, 2021.

When you create a personal fundraiser page today for the Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation, you’ll help ease the financial burdens of those fighting cancer and show a caring sign of support from the community.

Will you help provide at least one $1000 Love Offering?

The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Scott Kruse

It’s time for the 2021 H.O.P.E. Campaign!

A message from our family and partners at the H.O.P.E. Campaign – 

2021 H.O.P.E. Campaign T-shirtHello all! I pray this message finds each of you doing well. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years this March since we’ve lost Dad, and 10 years that our amazing community has pulled together to help us with this cause. We are truly humbled and blessed, and we cannot thank you enough. We’re excited to announce this year’s fish fry has been scheduled for Friday, April 23 at the Bloomfield City Park. Click here to view our flyer and Click here for the t-shirt order form. Fish fry tickets and t-shirts are also available for purchase online: 

Please help us spread the word!

Thank you so much for your support!  Lora, Kyle and families


~ In memory of our parents, Larry & Kathy, and our sister, Sara, as well as for all who’ve battled cancer themselves or have fought alongside a family member or friend.

This is our small way of giving back!  We celebrate H.O.P.E. ~ Healing, Optimism, Prayer and Example.

Since March of 2011, our charity has raised over $123,000 for area cancer warriors and individuals faced with life-threatening illness.

The H.O.P.E. Campaign is a division of 18 FORE Life, a 501(c)(3) charity, with a shared mission of benefiting area cancer warriors and individuals faced with life-threatening illness.

To date, 18 FORE Life has sent out nearly $3 Million in love offerings to families all over Southeast Missouri and beyond. The generous donations and support to the charity have truly made a difference. But, there’s “more work to do!”

You may e-mail us with questions at [email protected] or find us on fb @ fb.com/larrybjoneshopecampaign

The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Scott Kruse

2021 Charity Banquet Guest Speaker Announcement

Dick Vermeil - 2021 Banquet Guest SpeakerFirst off, thank you for making the 2020 Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Charity Golf Event such a huge success. Even in the face of a pandemic and at a time when we had to face big adversity, you stepped up and allowed us to have a “normal” fundraising year. We were able to send out just under $200,000.00to area families fighting cancer. Make NO mistake: having our sponsors step up and lead the support is the reason this happened! We are just $120,000.00 away from sending out $3 MILLION since 2000! This will happen before June and will be just another reason for celebrating BIG. 

2021 Banquet Guest Speaker

So, it is time to begin planning for this year’s big event on the weekend of June 4-5! We want you to be the first to know that our guest speaker will be none other than Super Bowl Champion Head Coach Dick Vermeil! No doubt his message will be interesting, entertaining, passionate, and relevant to our crowd.  

We Want Sponsors’ Ideas

As we begin picking out items for gift bags and preparing for the event, let us know if you are interested in once again sponsoring the tournament. If you already know how you would like to sponsor, let me know. If you have new ideas, let’s do it! I can share ideas with you individually and we can team to make 2021 our best event to date! While last year was to be our 20th Anniversary celebration-this year will be the real celebration and we look forward to seeing everyone come together the weekend of June 4-5! 

Thanks again for always supporting 18 FORE Life!

The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Scott Kruse

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas! Thank you for being a part of the 18 FORE Life Family.

We have sent out $180,000 in love offerings this year with a grand total of $2.85 MILLION sent out since 2000. As long as there are people fighting cancer, we have more work to be done!

Please consider making a year-end donation to 18 FORE Life

Your donation makes ALL the difference and is 100% tax-deductible.

We just updated our donation page with Network for Good. We think it’s super convenient and hope you feel the same. Network for Good has been in this game for a long time and is a secure platform for online credit card payments. You can even set up reoccurring donations to 18 FORE Life on a monthly, quarterly, semiannually, and annually frequency.

Remember, ANY amount is appreciated and your donation will go directly to an individual/family in need of help during a time of struggle.

Please update your 18 FORE Life contact information

If you’re seeing this message, then at some point you signed up for our email newsletter. However, we just started using a new system with better tools that will help us stay in touch and keep you informed about what is happening with 18 FORE Life.

As our lives seem to move more and more online, we will be leaning on this method of communication heavily in 2021. We’re asking everyone to please click on the button below to update your information. You will need to input your first and last name and email address and, if you like, please include your cell phone number. We have big plans to incorporate text messaging soon. Thank you!

The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Scott Kruse

THANK YOU!

As 2020 winds down and we close out this unprecedented year, we want to say THANK YOU for allowing us to persevere and continue making an impact on families fighting cancer. We continue to be blown away by the support of the 18 FORE Life Family! May God Bless you and your family during the Holiday Season. 

Please consider making a year-end donation to 18 FORE Life

Your donation makes ALL the difference and is 100% tax-deductible.

We just updated our donation page with Network for Good. We think it’s super convenient and hope you feel the same. Network for Good has been in this game for a long time and is a secure platform for online credit card payments. You can even set up reoccurring donations to 18 FORE Life on a monthly, quarterly, semiannually, and annually frequency.

Remember, ANY amount is appreciated and your donation will go directly to an individual/family in need of help during a time of struggle.

Please update your 18 FORE Life contact information

If you’re seeing this message, then at some point you signed up for our email newsletter. However, we just started using a new system with better tools that will help us stay in touch and keep you informed about what is happening with 18 FORE Life.

As our lives seem to move more and more online, we will be leaning on this method of communication heavily in 2021. We’re asking everyone to please click on the button below to update your information. You will need to input your first and last name and email address and, if you like, please include your cell phone number. We have big plans to incorporate text messaging soon. Thank you!

The Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and your donation is tax-deductible.

Sincerely,

Scott Kruse

2020 Golf Event Team Photos

We want to thank everyone – golfers, volunteers, and sponsors for making this year’s event such a success.  The smiles on all of our golfer’s faces in the newly posted team pictures say it all.  This truly is ‘more than a golf tournament’ and we are blessed to get to make memories with each of you.  Until there is a cure for cancer, we will continue to work to help families fight and beat this disease.  2021 will be a monstrous celebration so mark your calendars. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TEAM PHOTOS ON FLICKR

 

2020 Virtual Banquet/Charity Golf Event Recap

Rewind to March and I can tell you, we did not foresee any hint of a Ben Kruse 18 FORE Life Charity Golf Event.  Hunkered down and levels of fear mounting, the events seemed doom and highly unlikely.  As the days and months went by, we became more optimistic about the outdoor golf event taking place and realized the indoor, packed room at the Elk’s Lodge would be impossible, and even reckless.  When emails started coming in asking if we would have the golf event and a call from HTCC Course Manager Matt Thurmon came in mid-April, we made the decision to have the tournament and began thinking of new ways to operate, providing distancing for those concerned and fearful.  

We couldn’t be happier with our decision.  

The event kicked off on Friday, June 5th with a Virtual Banquet.  Mathis Funeral Home allowed us access to their facility and technology.  Aaron Mathis was instrumental, and working with David Robinson-our technology pro, we came up with some fun video to show as we recapped the 2019 year.  2019 saw us send out $250,000 in love offerings, bringing our total since 2000 to just under $2.8 MILLION!  Robinson’s highlight video did not disappoint, recapping the previous year’s events with photos taken by him and Amy Ellinghouse.  This is always a big moment at the annual banquet and it lived up to expectations-even with short notice.  

Next up, Elizabeth Kruse detailed her fight with breast cancer as our love offering recipient testimony.  Her story was and is powerful, inspiring, and emotional.  She and her husband, Lubin, are avid supporters of 18 FORE Life and her words left everyone laughing and crying, as she told of her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.  After Elizabeth’s testimony, professional cellist Jenn Cornell paid tribute to ALL love offering recipients and cancer fighters with a performance and incredible arrangement of the popular song Rise Up. As she played, the names of every recipient could be seen as thousands of names scrolled down the screen. The annual Toast to Ben was a video pulled from the archives.  The first-ever video tribute to Buzzman from 2005 the first banquet-was shown and loaded with great pics capturing the spirit that guides the charity this day.  And finally, shoutouts to folks who were not able to attend were played.  These included family, friends, supporters, and former guest speakers John O’Leary and John Mabry!  

The June 6th golf event was as big as ever and was one of the smoothest we have had.  The weather was dialed in and the sun was shining from 7 AM till dusk.  The morning round went well, ending right around high noon.  The transition to the afternoon was seamless, with the PM golfers teeing off just minutes after 1:00.  Fun was had by all and the winners of the NOT So Famous Tan Jackets were Shawn Guethle, Chris Guethle, Brett Hale, and Corbin Eaton with a score -15 under par.   

We learned some things this year with the implemented changes.  The Silent Auction was moved outside, only one golfer was asked to pick up the gift bags, carts were disinfected/cleaned in between rounds, and all food was cooked and served outside.  These changes were beneficial to those wanting to distance and will carry on in the future.  We had four prominent doctors either play and/or attend the tournament, complimenting us on a well run and responsible event.  The excitement surrounding this year’s event was obvious and all involved did their part to be safe and responsible.  

In the end, our mission was to be able to send out $52,000 in love offerings, helping all of the families on our waiting list.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!  It was great being able to bring people together to do some good, the very reason we started this charity, at a time when our country is in need of good.  We all have faced some level or some kind of fear in the past months, but I am not sure how that fear compares to the fear a person and family feels when they are given a cancer diagnosis.  We stepped up, did our part, and helped comfort and support these families during this tough time.  For that, I will forever be proud and grateful to the community of supporters, sponsors, and volunteers who made the 2020 event a memorable success.  This was, is, and always will be MORE THAN A GOLF TOURNAMENT!

Lookout 2021, we are coming at you hard with a passion and love that will hopefully allow us to surpass the $3 MILLION mark.  Until we are told there is a cure, we will march on and do our thing.  Love and respect everyone…..and again, thank you for supporting 18 FORE Life.  

Scott Kruse on BiGGs GOLF TALK podcast – 05/16/20

Scott Kruse joined Bigg Jon Vic and Bill “the GolfFather” Cuebas this past week to discuss “the upcoming tournament, what they are doing to kick cancer’s ass, and their thoughts on the support from over the years. BiGGs Golf Talk will be broadcasting LIVE from this event in 2021.”

Huge thanks to Biggs Jon Vic and the GolfFather, Bill Cuebas, for having us on!

The recording is now on the BiGGs Golf Talk website – https://www.biggsgolftalk.net/episodes/bgt051620