It's our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it's through the grants we provide to organizations that share our mission or through the individuals we inspire.

Since 2008 AAMAN has given over  $5,150.00 in cash and donated items for auctions valued over $2,000.00. We give to nonprofit organizations, families, children, law enforcements and communities in a variety of ways - through corporate sponsorships, direct grants, donations and employee matching gifts. In addition, AAMAN selectively provides corporate sponsorships to community fund-raiser events such as walk-a-thons, bicycle rides, festivals, concerts and other special charitable events.

AAMAN's Randy Simmons Memorial Fund, Constance Simmons Memorial Fund and our Clara Fields Memorial Fund are AAMAN's three programs that provides funding to qualified recipients.  Funding is year-round.

For more information and also request an application, please contact Cecil Adams at 608-519-2367 or email Mr. Adams at: aamancfmlp@gmail.com


AAMAN's Randy Simmons Fund was established in 2008 to contribute to Law Enforcement Agencies, their Fundraisers and Survivors of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. Randal David Simmons was a Captain with the Los Angeles  Police Department's SWAT Division. Captain Randal David Simmons' End of Watch was February 7, 2008 he was 51 years old. Captain Simmons was Valjean Adams' "Little Brother".


AAMAN's Constance Simmons Fund was established in 2009 to assist individuals fighting cancer. Constance Simmons was a true fighter and a deeply religious wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. Her fight with Bone Cancer ended on December 6, 2009.  She was 78 years old. Constance Simmons was Valjean Adams' Mother.


AAMAN's Clara Fields Fund was establish in 2007 to create prolific readers of pre-kindergarten children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years-old before they entered  kindergarten, tutor kindergarten to 3rd grade children that may have missed a solid literacy foundation and provide funding to libraries to cover over due fees, purchase books for qualified families, provide Tuition Assistance for qualified children to attend our Clara Fields Literacy Program and provide funding for school supplies. Clara Fields was a single parent that raised nine-children. Clara believed in education and instilled that belief and love for education in her children. Clara Fields was born on September 14, 1897 and passed on April 30, 1982 . Clara Fields was Valjean Adams's Grandmother.

Recipients

November 2, 2014
Bilingual Works
Awarded by:
AAMAN's Clara Fields Fund

Bilingual Works, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to bridging the gap between Spanish speaking and English speaking people in their community. Bilingual Works' intent is to promote communication with understanding and sensitivity, as well as encouraging appreciation for a bi-lingual community. On December 20, 2014 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bilingual Works is holding a raffle located at the Jackson Police Department Training Academy, 3000 Charles Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39209. The raffle is for their "Clothes for Kids" campaign. Bilingual Works' IRS Tax Exempted Number: 35-2371758.

AAMAN donated raffle items worth over $2,450.00 to support and help promote their cause and campaign. To learn more about Bilingual Works and support their worthy cause, please contact: Enrique Diaz, President/Founder at 601-855-7233 or by email:Enrique Diaz.

September 25, 2014
Wisconsin Sheriff's & Deputy
Sheriff's Association
Awarded by:
AAMAN's Randy Simmons Fund

The Wisconsin Sheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs Association (WS&DSA) was started in 1945 to create a community between the Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Jail Officers in Wisconsin with the shared goal of promoting better public welfare. The association continues to work to facilitate law enforcement, prevent crime, apprehend criminals and protect life and property of the citizens of Wisconsin. WS&DSA strives to provide information and education material to law enforcement officers and organizations. The association takes pride in promoting benevolence and charity among the people by supporting the educations of future law enforcement students through scholarships.

AAMAN donated $150.00 to support their efforts in providing "Top notched training" to their members twice a year. Also, they support the Special Olympics, prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocates and annual scholarships. You can visit their web sight at: WS&DSA

June 6, 2014
Jason Mikkelson Benefit
Awarded by:
AAMAN's Constance Simmons Fund

Jason Mikkelson suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Von Hippel-Lindau disease-(VHL). VHL potentially attacks the brain, eyes, spinal cord and kidneys. Since his diagnosis in 1997, Jason has had persistent tumors removed from his spinal cord and kidneys. These surgeries have left him partially paralyzed in his left leg and his kidney function level now at only 16%, prompting his current need for a kidney transplant, which fortunately VHL cannot overtake. Expenses continue to mount as Jason and wife, Emily have traveled to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to began the testing process for a possible donor match. Over the many years, Jason has remained strong and has a very positive attitude that he will beat VHL disease.

Friends and family are planning a benefit for Jason on July 26, 2014 at the Eagles Club in Viroqua, Wisconsin. At the benefit will include a meal, silent and live auction and a bake sale. Cash contributions may be made directly to the Jason Mikkelson Benefit account with Westby Coop Credit Union, 501 North Main Street, Westby, Wisconsin 54667, tax identification number is 46-5502283.

AAMAN received a phone call from Vicki Christianson requesting information on contributions and/or donations for their benefit. While attending another earlier benefit, they heard the announcement  of AAMAN's donation for that benefit and was encouraged to contact AAMAN.

After receiving Vicki's completed Donation Request Form requesting a Edward Meyer Grandfather Clock-(Walnut) as a donation; their application was approved.


April 5, 2014
Steve Nofsinger Benefit
Awarded by:
AAMAN's Constance Simmons Fund

Nancy Nofsinger has been Steve Nofsinger's rock during his second battle fighting Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin's disease, is a type of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes (knots of tissue) connected by vessels that drain fluid and waste products from the body. The lymph nodes act as tiny filters, straining out foreign organisms and cells. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably, producing malignant cells that have the abnormal ability to invade other tissues throughout your body.

The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which are classified by certain unique characteristics of the cancer cells. Hodgkin disease is most common in two different age groups: young adults (ages 15 to 35) and older adults (over age 50). It is somewhat more common in males than females, and more common in Caucasians than in African-Americans. Because of progress in treating Hodgkin lymphoma, most people with a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma will be long-time survivors.


A benefit for Steve Nofsinger, was be held at the Coon Valley Village Hall on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  At the age of 64, Nofsinger, and his wife Nancy, have spent 43 years together raising four children and enjoying being grandparents to their six grandchildren.

When Mr. Adams took their van to Matt's Auto to have some work done, Mr. Adams was offered to purchase a raffle ticket for Steve's Benefit from Stacey Kammel. After learning the cause for the Benefit, Mr. Adams consulted with his Board and they agreed for AAMAN to donate a Grandfather Clock to be auctioned at the Benefit.

The following letter was sent by Stacey and Matt:

"Cecil and Valjean,

We wanted to thank you again for the generous donation to Steve's benefit this past weekend. The clock was actually auctioned off and was the highest bidding item of them all.  The money raised from this item will help Steve tremendously. We were told that the money from the auction is being matched by Thrivant. That makes it even worth double of what was bid!!!

We do not think we could say "thank you" enough.

Sincerely,

Stacey and Matt Kammel


P.S.
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!!"

February 26, 2014
La Crosse Professional Police Non-Supervisor Association
Awarded by:
AAMAN's Randy Simmons Fund

AAMAN was contacted by Dave Novak with the La Crosse Professional Police Non-Supervisor Association requesting a donation for the Waukesha Deputy Sheriff's Association.
The Waukesha Deputy Sheriff's Association is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering values and service, which all members embrace and are essential to the success of the sheriff's department mission.  Our Association supports various community organizations throughout Waukesha County.  While providing assistance to our own members, this association also donates to various causes and scholarship funds.

AAMAN donated $250.00 for their first charity concert to be held at the Waukesha Expo Arena, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188 on Friday, August 1, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Featuring Terry Lee Goffee, the ULTIMATE tribute to Johnny Cash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Showtime begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating is on first come, first serve basis. AAMAN has free tickets at our location. Tickets are available Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. while they last.

Beginning on October 6, 2009
Library Grants for Over Due Fees
Awarded by:
AAMAN Clara Fields Fund

AAMAN provides a $300 Grant to participating libraries to help offset late fees accumulated by children; or most often, by the child's parent and/or relative. During our research to identify why children did not visit the library more often and has stop coming, our research determined the reason children stopped coming to the library, was due to their inability to pay their late fees.

The North Community Library at 1552 Kane Street, La Crosse, WI 54603 was the recipient of the grant in 2009. The program is a tremendous success. We served more than 49 children and the library recovered more than 298 items. For more information, please visit http://aaman.us/librarygrant.html




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