When many of us think of Jake MacNelly, we remember his sharp wit. Many of us also think about backyard football and wiffleball games at Rita’s house (a.k.a. MacNelly Outdoor Arena). Those weekend games were the perfect mix of competition, heckling, and good old fashioned fun.
Jake and Danny were all-time captains, constantly engaged in big brother/little brother competition, with their teams just along for the ride. And, it was always entertaining, but if Jake selected you to be on his team, it carried a lot of pressure (especially if you were one of Danny’s friends).
In football, it meant knowing a 100 page playbook (kept in Jake’s mind), with more formations and plays than anyone could possibly keep up with. And, if you didn’t run the play as Jake drew it up in the dirt, well you sure heard about it when you came back to the huddle. That’s right, huddle. Jake would huddle his team up after every play so he could mastermind the next brilliant play. Jake took backyard football (and wiffleball) where it had never been before.
We all have our memories and stories of Jake, and we all miss him. And, now the JMC is going to continue on how Jake would want it – the weird rules made up as we go, we’re all here to have fun and we’re playing wiffle ball because we’re too old to survive football like we used to play it.
We’re also here to use this excitement and energy to do some good in our community. To date, this small event has raised over $100,000 in Jake’s memory, to support Full Circle’s programs.
Support Full Circle, in Jake’s memory, by making a tax deductible donation today!
ABOUT THE JMC
Four teams do battle in MacNelly Outdoor Arena every year for the coveted Jake MacNelly Classic championship belt and bragging rights for the year.
- Honor and remember Jake MacNelly
- Have a fun event that will engage friends of the MacNelly family
- Raise funds for Full Circle’s therapeutic art programs
We are so proud of Sikkim, a student who participated in one of our grief groups at Fairfield Elementary, for receiving the Communities In Schools Scholarship! Sikkim shares a little bit about his Full Circle group experience in this clip. We are grateful for our partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS) that enables us to make a difference in the lives of students like Sikkim. These programs are made possible due to grants from organizations like Robins Foundation and The Jenkins Foundation.
Courtney, with CIS, shares, “Thank you again for your support of Sikkim and the many other students that you serve. During filming Sikkim and his mom both spoke so positively about his grief group — it was a life changing experience for both of them. We are so thankful to have Full Circle as a partner to help wrap services around these students.”
Click HERE to see the video.
Full Circle is pleased to announce that Diane Carpenter has joined our team as Development Director. Diane brings with her extensive experience in corporate marketing and communications with recent experience in fundraising at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Diane is looking forward to building relationships with organizations in Richmond. We are very pleased to have her and wish her great success!
In their words
During our Full Circle groups, participants share their stories and connect with others who are also grieving the death of a loved one. Many of these children, teens, and adults wish to share their experiences at Full Circle with others in the community who may be grieving and seeking support. We’d like to thank them for sharing, in their own words, how our Full Circle services have helped in their healing.
View their experiences here.
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