Canonsburg, PA - July 15, 2019 - The Marcellus & Utica Gas Suppliers, Services, and Manufacturers Association (MUG) recently donated $10,000 to Jamie’s Dream Team in McKeesport, PA. Proceeds were raised during the 5th Annual Rodney Sparks Memorial Golf Scramble at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV July 10 and 11. MUG is in its fifth year of existence and this year’s event marks the largest donation in the history of the organization. Jamie’s Dream Team is an outstanding organization that grants dreams to those affected by serious illness, injury, disability, trauma, or catastrophic events. The organization is based out of McKeesport, PA, but grants dreams to individuals throughout the country. Jamie’s Dream Team was founded by Jamie Holmes Ward and has an amazing support team that assists in running the organization and has granted thousands of dreams in the fourteen years of existence.
The event this year was kicked off with the Annual MUG Mixer, held Wednesday, July 10 at the Waddington House at Oglebay Resort, which featured live music from the Good Guys, of Pittsburgh, PA, and a catered dinner from Country Roads BBQ, of Wheeling, WV. The following day, the MUG hosted a golf scramble with nineteen foursomes at the Palmer Course at Oglebay Resort. MUG was honored to have Jimmy, who is currently nine years old and was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma brain tumor, and his family address the large turnout prior to the shotgun start. Jimmy is currently stable and has been able to stay off all of his meds for the last two years. His next scan in scheduled for August 8, 2019. This event’s proceeds were able to give Jimmy and his family his wish, a Disney Cruise this coming November.
About MUG - The Marcellus & Utica Gas Suppliers, Services, and Manufacturers Association was formed in 2014. MUG is a nonprofit organization with a volunteer-based Board of Directors and is funded by its Sponsor Companies. The MUG promotes responsible practices within the oil and gas industry and supports the local communities in which its Board Members and Sponsor Companies work and live in. With the help of the Sponsor Companies within the energy industry, MUG is able to host multiple events throughout the year and make donations to organizations within the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia regions each year.
About Jamie’s Dream Team - Jamie’s Dream Team is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Tax ID # 27-0132936. Jamie’s Dream Team is a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The corporation was organized on November 21, 2005. Jamie’s Dream Team is considered a public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, and it is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Jamie’s Dream Team is managed by a fifteen (15) member community based Board of Directors.
Jamie founded Jamie’s Dream Team in 2005 when she was just eighteen (18) years old. The mission of Jamie’s Dream Team is to offer hope when there is little, to ease the burden caused by serious illness, injury, disability, trauma, or catastrophic events, and to finally celebrate individual differences by acknowledging dreams as possibilities. The purpose of Jamie’s Dream Team as a public charity is to provide assistance and/or make distributions to or on behalf of qualifying individuals who are handicapped, disabled, terminally ill, severely injured or suffering from a serious medical condition, disease, or trauma. Jamie’s Dream Team is managed by a nine (9) member community-based Board of Directors. All funds raised by or donated to Jamie’s Dream Team are used to further its charitable purpose.
Jamie was born with a rare disorder known as V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome. Children born with V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome can have congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae, lower intestine, trachea, esophagus, and kidneys. She was born with abnormalities in all those areas. Jamie has had over forty-five (45) surgeries and/or medical procedures since her birth, including surgeries to reconstruct her esophagus, trachea, and lower intestine, and to fuse several vertebrae in her spine. One (1) of her kidneys disintegrated and her remaining kidney does not fully function. Throughout all of this, Jamie started Jamie’s Dream Team to fulfill her dream of helping people of all ages who are suffering from serious illness, injury, disability or trauma.