Monday, November 29, 2010

Update...please read

Time for a little clarification on a few items from my last blog concerning Rob and his children…

1. His power was shut off a few months back. Yes I am fully aware of the WE Energies policies of not shutting power and heat between November 1 and March 1, but I am investigating whether they will turn previously cut off utilities back on after that time.
2. I know there are a lot of people going through similar circumstances this season…and I sincerely hope each and every person gets help. This one is close to my heart and I am willing to do anything for my friend and his children.

Now is the time to make something happen…I am looking for help in putting together a fundraiser…maybe as simple as a Tweet-up type event at a restaurant or family friendly venue, maybe a few silent auction items and a small cover charge.

Seems like I am always promoting something, whether it is for work or something for my kids…but this is something that I hope everyone considers helping with. Doesn’t matter what it is or how much it is, every little bit will help.

My promise to everyone that reads this…every single penny of money raised will got to the things that need to be taken care of…

Thanks and God’s blessings to all of you.

Posted via email from From the mind of Jon Kurozawa

Update...please read

Time for a little clarification on a few items from my last blog concerning Rob and his children…

1. His power was shut off a few months back. Yes I am fully aware of the WE Energies policies of not shutting power and heat between November 1 and March 1, but I am investigating whether they will turn previously cut off utilities back on after that time.
2. I know there are a lot of people going through similar circumstances this season…and I sincerely hope each and every person gets help. This one is close to my heart and I am willing to do anything for my friend and his children.

Now is the time to make something happen…I am looking for help in putting together a fundraiser…maybe as simple as a Tweet-up type event at a restaurant or family friendly venue, maybe a few silent auction items and a small cover charge.

Seems like I am always promoting something, whether it is for work or something for my kids…but this is something that I hope everyone considers helping with. Doesn’t matter what it is or how much it is, every little bit will help.

My promise to everyone that reads this…every single penny of money raised will got to the things that need to be taken care of…

Thanks and God’s blessings to all of you.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Update on my friend...help desperately needed

Earlier this week I posted about my friend Rob and his children and the help they need. I wanted to update all of you...and let you know the seriousness of the situation.

Rob and his children spent the day with our family for a Thanksgiving weekend celebration. It was at this time, later into the evening that we realized the gravity of the situation.

Once again his power (and heat) has been shut off, and he will not have any income coming in until after the first of the year (he works a part-time seasonal job and there are no hours available.
He has been applying for assistance and looking for additional work, but he has had little to no success.

Friends...I am asking you once again to help. Rob is trying to re-build his life for his children, get onto the path that we lead to a meaningful life for them.

They can not get started without some help...lots of it. My wife and I are doing what we can, but honestly we cannot do it alone.

I am going to directly ask....we need financial donations to help them get the following:
1. A new place to live (preferably a 2-3 bedroom apt that is not falling apart)
2. Caught up on their electric/heating so they can have power and heat
3. a stable job with income that can at least cover their bills

Yes I know there are thousands of others that need help...but this is my friend...someone that is dear to our family.

I need help coordinating some sort of a fundraiser for them in the next few weeks, plus the obvious financial contributions to get the ball rolling for them NOW.

This is a tough season to be asking for help, with so many organizations looking for help.

I have faith in the power of social media and the hearts of others. Please please please help Rob and his children

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Posted via email from From the mind of Jon Kurozawa

Update on my friend...help desperately needed

Earlier this week I posted about my friend Rob and his children and the help they need. I wanted to update all of you...and let you know the seriousness of the situation.

Rob and his children spent the day with our family for a Thanksgiving weekend celebration. It was at this time, later into the evening that we realized the gravity of the situation.

Once again his power (and heat) has been shut off, and he will not have any income coming in until after the first of the year (he works a part-time seasonal job and there are no hours available.
He has been applying for assistance and looking for additional work, but he has had little to no success.

Friends...I am asking you once again to help. Rob is trying to re-build his life for his children, get onto the path that we lead to a meaningful life for them.

They can not get started without some help...lots of it. My wife and I are doing what we can, but honestly we cannot do it alone.

I am going to directly ask....we need financial donations to help them get the following:
1. A new place to live (preferably a 2-3 bedroom apt that is not falling apart)
2. Caught up on their electric/heating so they can have power and heat
3. a stable job with income that can at least cover their bills

Yes I know there are thousands of others that need help...but this is my friend...someone that is dear to our family.

I need help coordinating some sort of a fundraiser for them in the next few weeks, plus the obvious financial contributions to get the ball rolling for them NOW.

This is a tough season to be asking for help, with so many organizations looking for help.

I have faith in the power of social media and the hearts of others. Please please please help Rob and his children

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Help a local (Milwaukee) family this Christmas

Thanksgiving and the Holidays….after the “interesting” year the Kurozawa family has had, we are extremely thankful for our friends, family and the community that helped us out when we needed help.

Now our family focus goes to helping others, but primarily one family this holiday season.

Rob has been a friend for 25 years and is going through a situation I cannot imagine.
A single dad raising two young daughters, left in a financial mess thanks to a disastrous relationship, trying to get custody of his stepson who is in the foster care system.

Living in an apartment with a landlord that does not care about his tenants or their safety, limited income dues to employment troubles, and recently had his power shut off due to months of being able to pay.

Our family wanted to “adopt” Rob and his daughters this Christmas to make sure the girls get a visit from Santa, but getting them presents doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do when they are in such need.

Once again I turn to you, my friends, colleagues and social media family. You came to our aid in July, helped out the amazing family of @TeecycleTim…can we do it one more time?

The need here is immense: a new place to live, a job, money to help get caught up on utilities. I am personally asking for your help to give the greatest Christmas gift we can give Rob and his family.

I am working on arranging a bank account for donations to go to, but I need your help.
With a combined 1,900 friends on Twitter and Facebook, plus another 500 connections on LinkedIn, I figure we could all make a major impact with just a few dollars each.

Rob does not know I am doing this for him (any being the prideful guy he is will get mad) but his family needs our help.
Stay tuned to my Twitter account for updates…Thank you for your help!

Posted via email from From the mind of Jon Kurozawa

Help a local (Milwaukee) family this Christmas

Thanksgiving and the Holidays….after the “interesting” year the Kurozawa family has had, we are extremely thankful for our friends, family and the community that helped us out when we needed help.

Now our family focus goes to helping others, but primarily one family this holiday season.

Rob has been a friend for 25 years and is going through a situation I cannot imagine.
A single dad raising two young daughters, left in a financial mess thanks to a disastrous relationship, trying to get custody of his stepson who is in the foster care system.

Living in an apartment with a landlord that does not care about his tenants or their safety, limited income dues to employment troubles, and recently had his power shut off due to months of being able to pay.

Our family wanted to “adopt” Rob and his daughters this Christmas to make sure the girls get a visit from Santa, but getting them presents doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do when they are in such need.

Once again I turn to you, my friends, colleagues and social media family. You came to our aid in July, helped out the amazing family of @TeecycleTim…can we do it one more time?

The need here is immense: a new place to live, a job, money to help get caught up on utilities. I am personally asking for your help to give the greatest Christmas gift we can give Rob and his family.

I am working on arranging a bank account for donations to go to, but I need your help.
With a combined 1,900 friends on Twitter and Facebook, plus another 500 connections on LinkedIn, I figure we could all make a major impact with just a few dollars each.

Rob does not know I am doing this for him (any being the prideful guy he is will get mad) but his family needs our help.
Stay tuned to my Twitter account for updates…Thank you for your help!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Give...care...help (an update on the Journey of Life)

A few days ago I was inspired to start writing the “Journey of Life” blog…but I was hit with another inspiration that is changing my vision for this blog, at least for the next 8 weeks.

These final two months of 2010 will be filled with thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas, two holidays that many of us have begun to take for granted. This is a time of the year that my wife and I have worked over the past few years to inspire our children to care for others and give more than they receive.

With that in mind, I cannot write a blog that is focusing in on my life.

In the spirit of the “Give This New Year Away” blogs from earlier this year, I will be dedicating the next 8 weeks to focusing on others in need.

There will be suggestions of ways to give back, stories of triumph during the holidays, listings of volunteer opportunities and special events to participate in. Plus I will feature people and families that may need our help in one way or another.

This will be something unlike anything I have done before…but I look forward to sharing with you and hopefully inspiring you, while I inspire my children.

Won’t you please join me and my family, as we embark on this holiday adventure. Share your ideas, stories and events with all of us.

In the words of Matthew West…let’s Give This Christmas (and holiday season) Away!

Posted via email from From the mind of Jon Kurozawa

Give...care...help (an update on the Journey of Life)

A few days ago I was inspired to start writing the “Journey of Life” blog…but I was hit with another inspiration that is changing my vision for this blog, at least for the next 8 weeks.

These final two months of 2010 will be filled with thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas, two holidays that many of us have begun to take for granted. This is a time of the year that my wife and I have worked over the past few years to inspire our children to care for others and give more than they receive.

With that in mind, I cannot write a blog that is focusing in on my life.

In the spirit of the “Give This New Year Away” blogs from earlier this year, I will be dedicating the next 8 weeks to focusing on others in need.

There will be suggestions of ways to give back, stories of triumph during the holidays, listings of volunteer opportunities and special events to participate in. Plus I will feature people and families that may need our help in one way or another.

This will be something unlike anything I have done before…but I look forward to sharing with you and hopefully inspiring you, while I inspire my children.

Won’t you please join me and my family, as we embark on this holiday adventure. Share your ideas, stories and events with all of us.

In the words of Matthew West…let’s Give This Christmas (and holiday season) Away!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Season of change...the Journey of Life.

Inspiration for writing comes from many different places...personal experiences, reading something, seeing something on TV.

My first blog post in a few months is inspired by a few things. This morning I received an email about the 20th anniversary of a website that I frequent. Recently I have been reflective on life, experiences, successes, failures. Reconnecting with an old friend from two decades ago, someone that was very influential during a difficult time in my life. All of these things have inspired me.

This year I turned 40, sort of a turning point in my life. I have been doing a lot of reflecting, thinking about the past...the good, the bad, the mistakes I have made, the great decisions. Looking back...twenty years ago, the midway mark of my life to this point...was the ending of one part and the beginning of another.

Twenty years ago, I was at the lowest point of my life, not sure what I was going to do or where I was going to go. Thanks to a high school friend coming to my aid and the support of two dear friends, I was able to refocus and begin to to get my life back on track. A new chapter began.

Leading up to that "new chapter" were days, weeks and months of heartbreak, uncertainty and regrets. I will openly admit to the entire world...there have been things I have done in my life I am not very proud of. I have lied, hurt people, betrayed people I have called my friends. I wish I could apologize to everyone that I have wronged.

If not for two people, I would not have made it back to where I could "re-start" my life. My best friend and blood brother Rob was there for me through the good and bad, went down the highway of life and hit every bump in the road with me. If not for an argument over something that best friends should not argue over, Rob and I would be as close as we were in our youth. I regret the road I took Rob down in our reckless youth...the troubles I led him through.

The other person is someone I will never forget, can never thank enough for all that she did for me. Kim and I met under less than normal circumstances, teenagers from completely different backgrounds with nothing in common. A chance early morning meeting led to a unique friendship...one that opened my eyes, mind and heart to a whole new world. Kim was there at the darkest night of my life, pulling me in from the edge. She was the voice that brought me home from halfway across the country at a time when I was ready to leave it all, run from what I needed to face. For 20 years, a true angel in my life was lost because of my own ignorance and stupidity, but thankfully we have re-connected. But lost is the friendship that was so special to me.

Why do I share this with all of you know? I have been criticized over the past year for the candidness I display and how open I am with things that go on in my life. Though I have made many mistakes in my life, regret some of the things I have done...I am not ashamed to admit who I am, the struggles I am going through.

I am know for being an active member of the Twitter community, as the loud and sometimes obnoxious MPTV Auction guy, the voice of numerous sports and radio broadcasts, among other things. But how many people know the "Real" Jon Kurozawa?

Outside of my beautiful wife of 14 years (whom I met at the beginning of the "new chapter" I mentioned earlier...only a few know some of the revealing stories of my life.

It's time for the world to get to know who I really am...where I came from, who I am, what I am all about. You see memoirs written by famous people later in life...I will share the past, present and future with each of you...one story at a time.

The next chapter in the life story of Jon continues and I would like all of you to join me...for all the ups and downs, smiles and tears, joy and pain. In the process, share with me your stories of triumph and tragedy...let us lift each other up and encourage as we all go on this journey of life.