Count On Me Family FoundationFoundation Highlights
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Long Beach Grand Prix Justin Wilson driving No. 19 car displayed the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation’s logo. Justin, an Ambassador of the International Dyslexia Association, is a proud supporter of the Count On Me Familay Foundation. "I'm really pleased that we can support Coach Mora's Foundation,” added Justin. “The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation does so much to help children, giving them the potential to achieve their dreams. I hope we can raise awareness of the Foundation this weekend and support their fundraising efforts so that they can continue the great work they do
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On May 3rd, young patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital enjoyed choosing a special gift for Mom at the Mother’s Day Shop hosted by The Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation and the Go 4 the Goal Foundation. click here for more details...
Click here for photos and details from the 2010 Atlanta Holiday Shop
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The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation awarded $66,300 in grants to seventeen organizations in Washington and Georgia for the 2010 grant cycle. Funds for this year’s grants were raised through the annualJim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic, the Lucky Strike Bowling Benefit Bash, Ladies Night Out event and generous donations from other individuals and corporations. Click here for more details!
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation accepted a check from Joey Restaurants for $3000, as one of the recipients of the 2009 holiday card promotion. Joey Restaurants named the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation a charity partner for the second consecutive year. Thank you to Joey Restaurants for their continued support of the Foundation!
November 15, 2009: The Marination Mobile, a Seattle street food business, is partnering with Bookwalter, Mark Ryan, and Ross Andrew Wineries Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 from 12-4 PM as they launch the first annual Woodinville Tailgate. It is being marketed as a, "Different Kind of Tailgate" and "A Different Kind of Wine Tasting Experience" as they incorporate street food, wine, and football. In addition to wine and food pairings, the Seahawks game will be played in all 3 of the participating wineries and a wonderful raffle will be held, benefiting the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. All proceeds raised through the raffle with benefit the hospital’s need for a second Starlight/Starbright Playstation (which has been used for physical therapy for Cystic Fibrosis patients) and the Foundation’s Holiday Outreach---the Holiday Shop, which will be held mid December at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Tickets are available on line at: marinationmobile.com. First Annual Woodinville Tailgate Address: 14810 NE 145th Street. Bookwalter, Mark Ryan, and Andrew Ross are all located in the same complex. Marinatioin will be parked in front of Mark Ryan. Woodinville, WA 98072 Tailgate Expericance: $20.00 Contact Info:
Marination Mobile: marinationmobile.comRoss Andrew: http: rossandrewwinery.comBookwalter:bookwalterwines.comMark Ryan: markryanwinery.com
Club Coaches and Administrators from across the Jim Mora Flag Football League met mid October to share information and best practices at the “Mid Season Pep Rally” at the Boys & Girls Club in Lawrenceville. There are seven clubs, and over (30) teams, participating in the Jim Mora Flag Football League in Atlanta.
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Close to 75 members from the community attended a special private Breakfast at Tiffany’s reception at Tiffany & Company in Bellevue, Washington to honor Foundation Vice President Shannon Mora, as part of The Bellevue Collection 2009 Fashion Week. Shannon was honored for her commitment to the community and spoke on the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation outreach to date.
June 13, 2009: Jim and Shannon Mora were honorary co-chairs of the Seattle Heart Ball, held at the Seattle Sheraton - Metropolitan Ballroom. The event, which drew over 300 guests, featured a Black Tie Auction and a wine theme, raising funds to benefit the American Heart Association, Pacific Mountain Affiliate.
May 29-31, 2009: Jim and Shannon Mora address the crowd and meet Special Olympics athletes as Co-Grand Marshals for the 2009 Opening Ceremonies, Special Olympics Washington, at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Jim and Shannon addressed the media, Foundation friends, and new charity partners at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), the practice facility of the Seahawks, to roll out the announcement of the West Coast expansion of the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. Children from the Boys & Girls Club Bellevue and Special Olympics Washington attended the announcement as special guests of the Moras, and received a tour of the practice facility and lunch, courtesy of the Seahawks and the Foundation.
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, founded by Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Jim Mora and his wife, Shannon, culminated the day of Foundation festivities around the West Coast expansion of the Foundation with a celebration event and check presentation at Joeys in Bellevue, Washington. Jim and Shannon addressed the crowd of friends, past supporters, business associates, members of the Seahawks team and organization, and charity partners; as well as accepted a check on behalf of the Foundation from Joeys Grill & Lounge for $3000, as one of the recipients of their holiday card promotion.
Congratulations to Karen O’Connor, whose 250-word essay nomination of Josh Lovelady as someone who has made a difference in her life took first place. Lovelady works with special needs children at Mill Creek High School. O’Conner received a holiday pack for herself and Lovelady that included Reebok backpacks, t-shirts, football items, a Seattle Seahawks football signed by Coach Mora and Count On Me shirts and wristbands.
Joeys Restaurant in Bellevue, Wash. selected the Foundation as one of two charity recipients for their firstst annual holiday gift card promotion. The promotion raised $3,000 for the Foundation.
A huge THANK YOU to JOEYS RESTAURANT for their support this holiday season! Click here to visit JOEYS Restaurant Website
The NFL Yet Center Club and Warren/Hollyfield Clubs hosted the 2008 Turkey Bowl on Wednesday, November 26. Four hundred and twenty-five boys and girls participated in the event.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Foundation and programs that serve children's organizations here in metro Atlanta.
October 19, 2008 - The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation hosted a football-themed dinner fundraiser, the Super Seattle Steakout Benefit Bash, in the private room at Stoney River Legendary Steaks in Duluth.
Attendees of the event joined fellow fans on a night out at one of Atlanta’s premiere steak houses for mouth-watering steaks, delicious drinks and football! In addition to amazing food, signature cigars by Cigartainment, and door prizes, attendees bid on authentic NFL football gear --jerseys, helmets, footballs-- and other unique items, while watching the Seattle Seahawks play Tampa Bay on a 52” SHARP HDTV AQUOS LCD TV, courtesy of Aaron’s Sales and Lease, all to benefit children in need in Georgia. The evening was emceed by Foundation friend, Wes Durham, with a heart-felt presentation by Special Olympics Ambassador Katy Wilson and Special Olympics Chairman of the Board Bill Huber.
All proceeds from the event benefited the Foundation and its programs that serve children’s organizations here in metro Atlanta. Thank you to Aaron’s Sales and Lease for their donation of the “52 flat screen television, and a very special thank you to Stoney River Legendary Steaks for their sponsorship of the evening.
Shannon Mora was in town to visit local charities supported by the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. While she was in town, the Foundation kicked off the COMMUNITY DONATION TOUR. This year’s COMMUNITY DONATION TOUR included visits to Eagle Ranch, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and Boys & Girls Club.
Shannon Mora and the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation visits the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club to watch the athletes in the Jim Mora Flag Football League in action.
The Jim Mora Flag Football League kicked off its season in six clubs in metro Atlanta: A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club (Norcross), Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club (Atlanta), Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club , Newnan Boys & Girls Club Whitehead Boys & Girls Club and Anderson/Franklin Road Boys & Girls Club.
The Atlanta Hawks Read to Achieve Program sponsored by Philips and Sprite donated books to support the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation’s Holiday Shop event at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in December. The Foundation is collecting items for the event this Winter; for more information on how you can help, please call Terri Grunduski at 404-556-3833.
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation met with representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs participating in the Jim Mora Flag Football League. Representatives discussed kickoff events, schedules and planning for the league-wide Turkey Bowl in November. In addition to lunch, each club received Seattle Seahawks pennants, posters, mini footballs, backpacks, and other promotional items, as well as a football signed by Coach Mora.
The Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation recognized Special Olympics Georgia’s Outstanding Coach of 2008, Pam Smith, at the annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet in July. The award, given to Rockdale County Special Olympics Georgia Coach Pam Smith, is named in honor of Coach Mora. Smith received a letter of recognition from the former Atlanta Falcons coach and a special pro sports memorabilia pack for her outstanding work both on and off the field. (Please see press room for more information.)
In partnership with CSS Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation sent 25 boys and girls ages 12-16 from the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to the All Star Football Camp via Metro PCS and Faam Management. The four day camp took place at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA, and featured football drills, lunch and learning from over 40 celebrity NFL instructors including: DJ Shockley, Takeo Spikes, Ronnie Brown, Ovie Mughelli, and others. The camp ran from 8 AM to 1 PM daily.
Celebration of the Foundation's third anniversary year begins.
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation invited representatives of the Jim Mora Flag Football League program to attend the Dec. 30 Seattle vs. Atlanta game. The program, which runs August through November each year through the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, culminates in a Flag Football Tournament the day before Thanksgiving. The Foundation invited the athletes from the League to come out and meet Coach before the game and watch the Seahawks play the Falcons. In addition to the tickets and sideline passes to the game, each attendee received a Seahawks t-shirt as well.
Jim and Shannon Mora sent surprise holiday gifts to the residents of the Gwinnett Children's Shelter Long Term Home for Boys. The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, which granted the shelter monies the past two years, wanted to surprise the boys with sports bags to make the holiday special, so they contacted Susie Ryan, Director of Development for the Shelter to get her backpacks filled with shirts, hats, an NFL Madden game, and other gifts for each resident.
The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on the year and remember those who "made a difference in your life." In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation developed a contest to honor those special people that give of themselves all year long. In 250 words or less, participants were asked to please tell us who "YOU can count on" and why..
All of the submissions were great -- Congratulations to the following contest winners:
Jimmy Freels, Henderson Middle School/AAASP Athlete Coach Mark Miller
Brianna Little, Matthews Boys & Girls Club Athlete Coach Dominique Oscar
Katy Wilson, Special Olympics Athlete Coach Heather Terrell
Each of the winners received a SPECIAL HOLIDAY PACK for both themselves AND their COACH, FILLED with goodies including the following: Reebok backpacks, t-shirts, fun football items, a Seattle Seahawks football, signed by Coach Mora, Count On Me shirts and wristbands, and more!
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation's special volunteers helped continue the Holiday tradition of helping out local children's hospitals in this very special time of year. This year, the Foundation donated crib toys and helped to stuff "baby bags" for the patients (and their families) in the Neo-Natal Unit this holiday. The bags were given to all of the patients in the unit on Christmas day.
The 2007 Jim Mora Flag Football Turkey Bowl was a huge success. This was the first year that all Clubs with a program participated in the tournament. The Mora Tournament also had it largest participation of players and volunteers, with over 300 players and 50 volunteers involved in a really fun day. The Mora “Count on Me Foundation” was instrumental in helping us provide over 800 kids with uniforms and provide Clubs with equipment to line and mark fields. The kids had a great time at the new venue that included 5 fields in use for the opening rounds, and climaxing with the finals at the NFL/YET’s great artificial turf field. All teams received certificates and the teams in the finals received medals. The teams (voted on by the officials and volunteers) that exhibited the best sportsmanship will represent the Mora League in an out of town flag tournament. We are very grateful to the Count on Me Foundation in helping us provide a FANTASTIC flag football experience for our youth.
The Jim Mora Flag Football League is underway with a record 16 clubs participating (58 teams) and over 750 kids in the League this year. The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, supports the League and the year-end event—helping with participation fees, team jerseys and trophies, individual medals, and even a plaque for the best tailgate party—through a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. For more information, please log onto: www.bgcma.org or contact the Senior Director of Club Services at 404-688-8319.
The Foundation board of directors awarded $40,000 to the three local charitable organizations listed below through its second grant cycle.
Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
Gwinnett Children's Shelter
Special Olympics Georgia
May 12, 2007 - The Super Seattle Send Off Benefit Bash fundraising event, presented by AirTran Airways, was a great success, bringing in close to $100,000 for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA), and the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. Over 230 people attended the event, Saturday, May 12, 2007 at the Mora residence in Sugarloaf Country Club, in Duluth, Georgia, which replaced the annual golf tournament that year.
Inspired by the annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic VIP Party, The Super Seattle Send Off Benefit Bash featured the following: an incredible dinner, courtesy of Stoney River Legendary Steakhouse; delectable desserts, courtesy of Caffé Stella; a rocking blues band, the Cazanovas; cigar rolling, courtesy of Cigartainment; mingling with special guests and celebrities; and Monte Carlo-style games. There was also the opportunity to win a 2007 Ford Edge, courtesy of the Atlanta Area Ford Dealers. The event also spotlighted special live and silent auction opportunities featuring unique sports memorabilia from legends like Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods, as well as special one-of-a-kind experiences and trips, including a 2008 Super Bowl trip to Arizona, a trip to the American Idol Finals and Results Show, and weekend trips to Las Vegas, Nevada and Miami, Florida. In addition, one lucky attendee walked away with the big prize of the evening -- the Seattle Seahawks Spectacular Weekend – a trip for two to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, including airfare courtesy of AirTran Airways, hotel accommodations courtesy of the Westin Seattle, breakfast and dinner for two, two tickets to a Seahawks game and more.
“Thanks to the continued support and interest of our presenting sponsor, AirTran Airways, other sponsors, donors, attendees and friends, the Super Seattle Send Off Benefit Bash has helped bring our annual Foundation events total to over $820,000 in the last three years for children in need in Georgia,” said Shannon Mora, VP of the Foundation. “We are touched by the ongoing support from the community, and look forward to continuing our efforts to support children in need in Georgia through events like this.”
The Super Seattle Send Off Benefit Bash was a great success, bringing in close to $100,000 for Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA), and the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation. Over 230 people attended the event, Saturday, May 12, at the Mora residence in Sugarloaf Country Club, in Duluth, Georgia, which replaced the annual golf tournament this year.
Shannon Mora presented the second annual Jim Mora Volunteer Coach Award to Walter Lee of the Paulding County Boys & Girls Club. Walter Lee was honored as the Coach of the Year at the annual ESPN G.O.A.L. Awards ceremony at ESPN Zone in Buckhead May 8, 2007 for his outstanding dedication and ongoing commitment to the Club. Mr. Lee was selected by a panel of local community leaders as this year’s winner, and received a check for the Paulding County club. Lee also received an autographed Seahawks football by Coach Mora, who gave a quick address before Shannon presented the award, via tape, to the crowd on hand.
Jim and Shannon Mora made a special visit to the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter to tour the new boys long-term home facility. While there, they officially “dedicated” the room funded by the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation with Gwinnett Children’s Shelter Executives – Nancy Friauf (Executive Director) and Susie Ryan (Development Director).
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation was proud to work with Make-A-Wish of Georgia and Alabama to grant (2) wishes for Make-A-Wish children in 2006. The Foundation was fortunate to host one of the wishes at a game in December. Bryant, a Make-A-Wish recipient, was Coach Mora’s special guest at the Falcons’ game on December 24. Bryant’s wish was to meet Michael Vick and Coach Mora. Bryant and friends were invited out to the Falcons Practice Facility December 23rd – to watch the morning run through, take a tour of the facility and meet the players. Coach and Shannon Mora surprised Bryant with gifts off his Christmas list --- an IPOD, a 2007 Madden NFL game for PlayStation 2, and a Falcons football helmet, autographed by Michael Vick. On Dec. 24th, Bryant was invited out to the game--- his first official game-- to hang out on the sidelines pregame and meet his favorite player, Michael Vick.
Carmen Carter, Hughes Spaulding Children’s Hospital Exercise Recreational Therapist, wheels in all the toys, gifts and goodies for the children’s holiday celebration from the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation.
A team of Foundation Volunteers came to the Georgia World Congress Center on Wednesday, November 30, to decorate the first Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation Tree. The Foundation Tree, themed “A Count On Me Christmas, the Mora the Merrier” was sold the night of the black tie event December 1 at the GWCC, raising $600 for CHOA.
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