~Shared by S. Hoey
One thing that everyone can agree on at Woodloch is that Joey Ranner is the master of fun! He gets all of our guests involved in our amazing activities. He has our guests running all over the resort searching for items in the family scavenger Hunt, racking their brains for points in Name that Tune, cooling them off in the summer pool games and of course getting our guests wet and messy at Double Dare!
This past summer during our outdoor Motown concert, Joey turned the tables for a change and gave our guests the chance to get him drenched for an awesome cause! For one dollar, guests had the opportunity to hit a bullseye with a softball. If the bullseye was hit, a very large water balloon sitting above Joey's head would get popped!
The best part was not only was Joey the one soaked for a change, BUT all the proceeds benefitted the JDRF: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Donations to the JDRF make a dramatic impact as JDRF moves life-altering research out of the lab and into human clinical trials. According to the JDRF, more than 80% of JDRF's expenditures directly support diabetes research and research-related education.
When asked why Joey chose to raise money for the JDRF he answered, "Seeing how type 1 diabetes affects young children, like my granddaughter Jillian, makes me want to do something to help." Joey's granddaughter, Jillian who is 6, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. Since diagnosis, she has transitioned from numerous daily injections to use of an insulin pump, which was life changing. She is a very active and energetic six year old who participates in dance and soccer.
Jillian is able to live a normal healthy life because of the JDRF and its supporters. The generosity of our guests throughout the summer was truly overwhelming. Thank you for all of your donations and a big thank you to Joey for sacrificing himself for the good of the cause!