Anthem Blue Cross Helps Spread Joy at UC Irvine Children's Hospital

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS PARTNERS WITH JESSIE REES FOUNDATION TO DONATE ‘JOYJARS’ TO PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AT UC IRVINE

Donation Funds 1,500 JoyJars at 15 Hospitals Statewide

IRVINE, CA — In honor of its 75th anniversary, Anthem Blue Cross joined with the Jessie Rees Foundation today to distribute JoyJars to children with traumatic conditions at the UC Irvine Medical Center.

“Our mission is to improve the health and lives of the people we serve. There’s no better way to do that than by bringing a smile to the face a child in the hospital,” said Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross. “Through our partnership with the Jessie Rees Foundation, we hope to brighten the day of hundreds of children and their families this holiday season as they recover from their illnesses.”

The Jessie Reese foundation is named after Jessie Rees, a 12 year old girl who fought two brain tumors. On January 5, 2012, Jessie lost her 10-month battle with cancer. During her courageous fight, Jessie focused on spreading hope, joy and love to other kids. She knew having cancer made children feel lonely and limited so she chose to spread love stuffed in her JoyJars. JoyJars have now become a recognized symbol of hope, joy and love. Jessie was recognized by CNN as one of their “Young Wonders” during their Heroes of the Year celebration this past weekend.

JoyJars are 64 oz containers filled with toys and activities for both boys and girls, age 18 and under. They have been delivered to all 50 states, 11 countries and 196 hospitals. Examples of toys found in JoyJars include playing cards, crayons, stickers, note pads, slinkies, mini puzzles, stickers, etc.

The Jessie Rees Foundation continues on the work of Jessie Rees and is headed by her father, Erik.

“As Jessie fought brain cancer, Anthem Blue Cross was our insurer and helped us get the best possible care for her,” said Erik Rees. “Now, Anthem Blue Cross continues to help us so we can live out Jessie’s dream of bringing joy to thousands of kids this holiday season.”

Anthem Blue Cross’s $30,000 donation has funded 1,500 JoyJars for the holiday season. Other hospitals receiving JoyJars funded by Anthem Blue Cross include Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Central California.

Those interested in finding out more about or donating to the Jessie Rees Foundation can visit www.negu.org.

About Anthem Blue Cross

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By |December 4th, 2012|Categories: Press Releases||0 Comments

Jordan Palmer and the Jacksonville Jaguars to distribute Holiday JoyJars® at Ronald McDonald House

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  –  Today, Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation announced that Jacksonville Jaguars Jordan Palmer and his teammates and the Foundation will distribute Holiday JoyJars to courageous kids fighting cancer and other long term illness at Ronald McDonald House Jacksonville on Tuesday, December 4 from 2 to 4 pm“Ronad McDonald House Jacksonville provides courageous kids with cancer and other long term illness with groundbreaking care and healing – they embody Jessie’s motto, ‘Never Ever Give Up’, and we are honored to distribute Holiday JoyJars with Kaitlin there,” said Erik Rees, Jessie’s Daddy.

Each Holiday JoyJar carries 15-20 new, age appropriate, toys within its brightly covered sealed jar for courageous kids with cancer.  Jessie started distributing JoyJars herself in 2011 during her fight against inoperable brain cancer.  She passed away in January of this year and the foundation she started now serves 196 children’s hospitals and every Ronald McDonald House in America.  Holiday JoyJars were created in partnership with our partners UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California to make sure every child is supported this season.

“Jessie cared for kids that faced the same struggles she faced by bringing joy to their lives and encouraging them to Never Ever Give Up,” said Erik.  “We are blessed to have supporters like Jordan Palmer and his teammates, UPS, Anthem Blue Cross California and all of those who have helped pack and distribute 20,000 Holiday JoyJars this season.”

WHAT             Distribution of Holiday JoyJars by Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Jordan Palmer and his teammates and the Jessie Rees Foundation

WHERE           Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville 824 Children’s Way

Jacksonville, FL 32207 (Meet in Main Lobby)

WHO               Jordan Palmer, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars & teammates

Jeff Gibson, Jessie Rees Foundation

WHEN             Tuesday, December 4, 2012 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

PARTICIPANT BACKGROUND

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville                                   http://rmhjax.org

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging and other services for critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families.  Our vision is to serve the growing number of children and families who continue to need our programs as the world-class pediatric services offered in Northeast Florida expand by:

  • Innovative and compassionate programs that focus on family needs.
  • Management that respects privacy and emphasizes trust with all constituents.
  • Governance that exercises fiscal accountability and operational excellence with transparency, integrity and honesty.
  • Service in a safe, comfortable and healing environment.

 Jessie Rees Foundation                                                                      http://jessie.org

Founded in 2011 by Jessie Rees and her family during her fight with inoperable brain cancer, the Foundation helps kids Never Ever Give Up in their quest for healing from cancer.  Distributing Jessie’s JoyJars © through 196 children’s hospitals, and every Ronald McDonald House in the US, the Foundation has provided 45,000 JoyJars to kids and families  through the support of major corporate partners UPS, Anthem BlueCross of California, Life Technologies, youtheory and others.

The Foundation has provided 100% of the JoyJars at no cost to the hospital or recipients and is completely funded through private donations.

CONTACT:                                           Jeff Gibson (949) 851-8511   jgibson@race.com

By |December 3rd, 2012|Categories: Press Releases||0 Comments

Jessie Wins $10,000 Jimmie Johnson Helmet of Hope Grant

TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 4, 2012) – The Jessie Rees Foundation and the Graham Rahal Foundation are the next two charities selected for the 2012 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which Johnson will wear in the June 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Each organization will receive a grant of $10,000 and a special Blue Bunny ice cream party.

Fan Kim Redman nominated the Jessie Rees Foundation, which is committed to spreading hope, joy and love to kids fighting cancer globally. The foundation was inspired by Jessie Rees, who passed away in January at the age of 12 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jessie’s dream was to find a way to encourage every kid fighting cancer, and her motto was Never Ever Give Up.  Her dream is what drives her foundation.

Redman wrote in her nomination, “While Jessie lost her battle with cancer, her beauty remains in making a difference in the lives of other children with cancer. We should all hope to spread this amount of joy in our entire lifetime. Jessie accomplished so much in her 12 short years.”

Associated Press reporter Jenna Fryer nominated The Graham Rahal Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children with medical conditions. The foundation supports SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman (formerly the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

“Because Graham worked tirelessly to create and raise funds for the Dan Wheldon Memorial Auction, I wanted to reward his own foundation, which works with several children’s charities,” Fryer wrote in her nomination.

The Jessie Rees Foundation, headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., and the Graham Rahal Foundation, based in Columbus, Ohio, join the United Way of Siouxland, Nature Conservancy, Chill Foundation, Fisher House, Scott Lake Elementary-PTO, Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Dan Wheldon, First Descents, Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina as charities that will be featured on the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.

The Helmet of Hope program, which began in 2008, allows fans, consumers and media members across the country to nominate their favorite charity to receive a $10,000 grant, special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet and a Blue Bunny ice cream party. To date, the program has contributed more than $300,000 to 49 different charities across the United States.

This year’s Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign runs for six consecutive Sprint Cup race weekends. It began April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and runs through the Mother’s Day weekend Sprint Cup event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Each week Johnson draws one winner from a list of media submissions and one from a list of fan submissions.

Fans and media members may nominate their charity by visiting www.helmetofhope.org. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, May 7th at 5 p.m. EDT.  For more information about the most recently selected charities, visit www.jessie.org and www.grahamrahalfoundation.org or on Twitter,www.twitter.com/WENEGUforKids and www.twitter.com/GR_Foundation.

About the Helmet of Hope

In its fifth year, the Helmet of Hope program gives fans and media members across the country the opportunity to nominate their favorite charity to be featured on five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson’s helmet for the June 24 Sprint Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. This year’s title sponsor for Helmet of Hope is Blue Bunny Ice Cream. In addition to being featured on the helmet, each charity selected also receives a grant of $10,000 and a Blue Bunny ice cream party. To date, the program has contributed more than $300,000 to 49 different charities.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation has committed more than $5 million to various charities. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.JimmieJohnsonFoundation.org.

About Blue Bunny

Blue Bunny, founded in 1913, is a brand of Wells Enterprises, Inc. — the largest family-owned ice cream manufacturer in the United States. Today, more than 500 Blue Bunny-branded ice cream and frozen novelty products can be found across the U.S. Always committed to quality, Blue Bunny products are made with only real ice cream. Wells is headquartered in Le Mars, Iowa, the Ice Cream Capital of the World. Become a Blue Bunny fan on Facebook (facebook.com/BlueBunnyIceCream) for ice cream news and updates.

By |July 12th, 2012|Categories: General, Press Releases||0 Comments

JRF & Sevenly Set Fundraising Record $50,000

In just seven days, social good startup Sevenly has raised over $50,000 for the Jessie Rees Foundation in it’s most successful campaign to date. The record breaking campaign was given a boost by an anonymous private donor who matched every seven dollar donation from the t-shirt purchases.

Sevenly, which has been in operation for less than a year, has held 44 week-long campaigns and has already donated over $350,000 to various charities and some of the world’s greatest causes. CEO Dale Partridge was humbled by the week’s record breaking numbers and attributes the success to the Jessie Rees Foundation and Sevenly supporters.

“This week’s cause is very powerful,” said Sevenly CEO Dale Partridge. “Everyone is familiar with cancer and the effects that it has on people, especially children. The Jessie Rees Foundation has a very dedicated supporter base and our campaign gave people an easy option for contributing to a cause that they believe in and support.”

The Jessie Rees Foundation is a pediatric organization inspired by 12 year old Jessie Rees, which was created to fulfill Jessie’s wish that every kid fighting cancer would be personally encouraged to Never Ever Give Up. JoyJars, created by Jessie during her courageous 10 month fight with cancer, are used to spread hope, joy and love to children fighting life altering medical illnesses. As of March 2012, close to 10,000 JoyJars have been stuffed and sent to courageous kids.

“We loved partnering with Sevenly and their amazing team,” said Erik Rees, Jessie’s father and Rees Foundation Chief Encouragement Officer. “Jessie loved fashion, so the opportunity to have a killer designer t-shirt supporting her foundation and helping us spread more hope, joy and love to kids fighting cancer was an easy decision.”

“The success of this campaign comes down to compassionate people wanting to spread joy to kids,” Rees continued. “Jessie’s JoyJars have gone international in three month’s time and we believe the opportunity to buy a shirt and bless a child with one of Jessie’s JoyJars made this campaign so successful.”

By |April 17th, 2012|Categories: General, Press Releases||0 Comments

Sevenly Has Record Breaking Campaign

Social Good Company Raises Over $50,000 for the Jessie Rees Foundation In Seven Days

Quote startNever Ever Give Up! – Jessie ReesQuote end

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2012

In just seven days, social good startup Sevenly has raised over $50,000 for the Jessie Rees Foundation in it’s most successful campaign to date. The record breaking campaign was given a boost by an anonymous private donor who matched every seven dollar donation from the t-shirt purchases.

Sevenly, which has been in operation for less than a year, has held 44 week-long campaigns and has already donated over $350,000 to various charities and some of the world’s greatest causes. CEO Dale Partridge was humbled by the week’s record breaking numbers and attributes the success to the Jessie Rees Foundation and Sevenly supporters.

“This week’s cause is very powerful,” said Sevenly CEO Dale Partridge. “Everyone is familiar with cancer and the effects that it has on people, especially children. The Jessie Rees Foundation has a very dedicated supporter base and our campaign gave people an easy option for contributing to a cause that they believe in and support.”

The Jessie Rees Foundation is a pediatric organization inspired by 12 year old Jessie Rees, which was created to fulfill Jessie’s wish that every kid fighting cancer would be personally encouraged to Never Ever Give Up. JoyJars, created by Jessie during her courageous 10 month fight with cancer, are used to spread hope, joy and love to children fighting life altering medical illnesses. As of March 2012, close to 10,000 JoyJars have been stuffed and sent to courageous kids.

“We loved partnering with Sevenly and their amazing team,” said Erik Rees, Jessie’s father and Rees Foundation Chief Encouragement Officer. “Jessie loved fashion, so the opportunity to have a killer designer t-shirt supporting her foundation and helping us spread more hope, joy and love to kids fighting cancer was an easy decision.”

“The success of this campaign comes down to compassionate people wanting to spread joy to kids,” Rees continued. “Jessie’s JoyJars have gone international in three month’s time and we believe the opportunity to buy a shirt and bless a child with one of Jessie’s JoyJars made this campaign so successful.”

About Sevenly:
Sevenly is a co-profit company founded in June 2011 to raise capital and awareness for the world’s greatest causes. Each week Sevenly partners with one qualified nonprofit to sell a shirt specifically designed for that week’s campaign, with seven dollars from each shirt sale going to the charity. Run by CEO Dale Partridge, the company’s goal is to provide support to charities through increased awareness, funding and following. To learn more about Sevenly visit http://www.Sevenly.org.

PRESS RELEASE:: JoyJars & Ronald McDonald House

PRESS RELEASE:: THE JESSIE REES FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES TO SPREAD JOY TO CHILDREN FIGHTING LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES

Mission Viejo, Cal., (March 28, 2012) – The Jessie Rees Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) unite to spread joy and hope to children battling life threatening illnesses. Through this partnership, Jessie’s JoyJars™ (filled with toys, games, clothing, stickers, and several other items intended to bring smiles to sick children) will be sent to all 175 RMHC homes across America.

JoyJars™, and the Jessie Rees Foundation came to life on April 8, 2011. This not only was Jessie’s 12th birthday, it was also the day she shared with her mom and dad that she wanted to find a way to encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) by empowering them with hope, joy and love. This simple little thought has become Jessie’s Wish. She dreamed of the day that her little motto would become an inspiring message of hope to every child and family. Her dream is what drives her foundation.

RHMC’s vision – We believe that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the world. We strive to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult and challenging times – couldn’t align more seamlessly with Jessie’s wish.

Jessie’s daddy, Erik Rees, stated, “We are honored to partner with such a prestigious, compassionate charity as RMHC. Their commitment to helping hurting children and families is like no other, and we made it our top charity of choice to spread joy with. We know Jessie’s JoyJars will provide a great boost of hope, joy and love to all children staying in Ronald McDonald homes as their families walk these trying times with them. That was Jessie’s wish and we are grateful to RMHC for helping us make that come true.”

Jessie fulfilled her wish in the 10 months she lived with cancer – she changed lives, inspired others, and helped bring joy to kids/families suffering even in the midst of her own struggle. This partnership will help Jessie’s dream continue.

By |March 31st, 2012|Categories: Press Releases||0 Comments