Life doesn't always go as planned, the Club 44 Foundation is proof of that.
2020 doesn't look like we thought it would, but each of us has something to be grateful for. This season of life has taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life. The cancellations and additional time spent at home forced me to reprioritize my life, which freed up time to go back through my archives of photographs. I document stories and have been doing so for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, many of these stories have gone untold because they never became a priority. Now is the time for change, I'm hear to tell these stories through my lens and the written word. The process of sifting through decades of photographs is profound. I've searched long and hard for my purpose in this life. Finally, I found it hidden in plain sight. I am a storyteller.
I'm doing something different on the blog this season. Each week I will share community events that brought us together in the past and will certainly bring us together in the future. These are the stories I was born to tell. I hope they make you smile.
The Club 44 Foundation was created in memory of Jamie Mertens.
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody" Jamie lived by these words. Jamie's legacy will live on through the Club 44 Foundation.
It was truly inspiring to see a man care so deeply for his community and all those who lived in it. Jamie went out of his way to ask others how they were doing. His genuine heart warmed the community. His presence remains, we can feel it.
The Club 44 dedication brought the community together.
Jamie's memorial is located at the Mount Calvary Athletic Club and serves as a concession stand and upper deck seating. The holyland is known for their love of the American game of baseball.
May we all learn from Jamie and become that somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.
BUILDING COMMUNITY ONE STORY AT A TIME!
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