"Jimmy Fund Jokers" Wins the 2015 Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest
The Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest has crowned a winner!
On June 10, five finalists presented their Big Idea for a new Jimmy Fund fundraiser to a panel of national CEO judges. In the end, the Surprenant family of Needham, Mass., was announced as the winner with their Big Idea, "Jimmy Fund Jokers: Laughter is the Best Medicine."
Joy Olaes Surprenant and Michael Surprenant—along with their 11-year-old son, Maxwell—proposed a social media campaign where adults and kids tell jokes on Facebook, pledge $10 or more to the Jimmy Fund, and tag their friends to spread the message. The Big Idea also incorporated comedy events, celebrity involvement, and various fundraising ideas related to the campaign.
As the grand prize winner, the Surprenants will throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game and visit a pre-game warm-up with the New England Patriots, among other fabulous prizes. The four finalist prize packages included gifts from BJ's Wholesale Club, Friendly's Ice Cream, Stop & Shop, and more.
A big thank you to all of our finalists, judges, and contributors who helped to make the 2015 Jimmy Fund Big Ideas Contest a great success—and congratulations to the Surprenant family!