Help for JB Shireman - A Special Message


JB Shireman Fundraiser

I need your help in trying to raise $10,000.00 between December 10th and January 10th (2011) for JB Shireman, a dear friend of the Beer business who has to undergo brain surgery in early January. The surgery is going keep him out of work for a longer period of time than any of us wants, and I'd like to ask for your help in getting him up, on his feet and back to work just as soon as humanly possible. The good news is that the surgeons performing JB's operation are the best in the business and they all agree that the prognosis is very good for him.

You all know JB and all the work he has done while at New Belgium promoting Beer in general, Craft Beer in particular, Wholesaler training, helping the Retailer understand the dynamics of the Craft consumer and his new work in being Craft-Centric thinkers. We can't afford to have him out of commission for too long! I expect JB to be laid up and unable to tend to the job he loves most - BEER - for about 8 weeks after his surgery; and that's a long time for someone like him to be out of commission. You all know JB as well as I do, and you understand the need to get him back up and into the work environment before he goes stir-crazy just laying around in bed recovering and getting his strength back!

I'm asking everyone across this wonderful business who knows JB or who has worked with him for a small contribution to help defray a lot of the medical and recovery costs he is going to inherit after his surgery. I'd also like for you to include JB in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery as he goes through this anxious time. He is a good friend of all ours; he's a friend of the industry and a great father, too. If the tables were turned around and he knew that one of his friends needed help, he'd be the first person in line to lend a hand.

From December 10, 2010 (JB's birthday) through January 10, 2011 (post surgery), our goal is to collect $10,000.00 to help JB defray his medical and recuperation costs.

Here is what you need to do if you are able to help -
1. Please send this note to as many people as you can who might know JB, and let them know of JB's situation and our fundraiser for him.
2. Send me a donation to the address below (made out to Mr. John Shireman) before January 10, 2011 and I will deposit it into a separate savings account.
3. After JB's surgery, I will have the bank write a cashier's check made out to JB and then hand-deliver it to him at his home in LaPorte, CO along with a card that bears the name of everyone who was able to make a donation.

Thanks for your consideration, I really appreciate it. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to call me at 203-338-1207 or send me an e-mail at and I'll provide you with whatever details I can.

BUMP Williams
900 Beaver Dam Road
Stratford, CT 06614

I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and help; and you all know JB well enough to know what it will mean to him. Be well, always,


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