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A Christmas Miracle
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:29:46 AM »

Not quite yet but with everyones help it will be. Please meet the 2018 Adopt a Family.

This year’s Ultimate Bass Adopt a Family belongs to one of our own, Lipripper’s grandson Nick. Everyone on Ultimate Bass knows Lipripper, he fought in the Vietnam War and is one of the several cancer survivors we have on Ultimate Bass. Lipripper has been a part of Ultimate Bass since we started, well almost  :) If he says something or someone is worthy, I absolutely believe him. Lipripper is always right there to help others and has contributed immensely to our fundraisers in the past. When UB was looking for this year’s Ultimate Bass Adopt A Family recipient, Lipripper nominated his grandson Nick.

Nick and his wife Adriana have been together for 13 years. Like all of us, they have seen each other through some tough times, some ups and some downs. Nick and Adriana have two boys, ages 1 and 4. Living pay check to pay check, Nick and Adriana work hard just to keep their children fed, and in a safe environment but in doing so it leaves little left for much else. Nick and his wife very rarely ask for help unless it's in dire need. Six months ago, their car broke down and even now they won’t ask for help. With their tight budget, they haven’t been able to save very much towards the repairs. Finally, they let Lipripper pay to have an estimate done. Unfortunately, they were told the repairs were not worth the vehicle and they should look for another good used vehicle. What little money they had saved is nowhere near enough to buy a used car, much less think about the holiday season.

A little about Nick and Adriana, their day starts with Nick leaving for work early in the morning via public transportation. Adriana starts her mornings getting the boys fed, dressing them for the day and making sure dinner is cooked before heading off to work herself.

To get to work, Adriana rides a bike given to her from her mom. She tows the boys behind the bike. Fortunately, Adriana’s workplace has daycare available in the building she works in. Apparently, this daycare is not the best, but Nick and Adriana can’t afford other options. When Nick gets off work, he takes public transportation to Adriana's workplace to pick up the boys from daycare, and then he rides the bicycle back to their apartment with the kids in tow. Adriana walks home unless they there was extra money that week to afford public transportations passes for both Nick and Adriana. With winter settling in, in Chicago, they will have to find the money to afford passes for each of them. It just gets too cold to ride a bike back and forth, especially with the boys in tow.

Once home, Nick then proceeds to feed the boys and take the time to play with them at their apartment, unless the weather is decent, and he gets to take them to the park. Then he gives them a bath before putting them to sleep. Unfortunately, this family routine is at the mercy of both of their employers needing them to work overtime on occasion. Over time never provides extra income because it causes extra child care fees. Always pressed for time, it's a long day for everyone.

Many of us are in tough times and making ends meet are hard, but mix in a Chicago winter, two small boys and no vehicle and it gets really ugly very quickly. A vehicle can change this family’s life. They are not looking for a new one, just one that the heater works and can get them back and forth to work. Now that Chicago’s weather is already on the decline, Nick and Adriana are looking at a long hard cold winter. Nothing unlike the past, except this year they don’t have a vehicle to help.

In the past couple of years, Ultimate Bass has raised enough money to buy a small used vehicle. I believe without a doubt that we can help this couple survive the winter. Last year we raised $3200 and truly changed the lives of the family we helped, without our support they would have been on the street. Now they make ends meet and are looking at much better times.

Folks, please give until it hurts, this year we have the means to help keep a family out of dire straits. Nick is trying hard to make it work, he's not giving up and looking for a government handout. He and his wife are doing all they can, they just need a little help, and Ultimate Bass can be that help which changes their lives for the good.

Please click here to find out how to donate and get your raffle tickets to some great prizes!!

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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 09:32:22 AM »

We can make sure Nick and his family survive this winter. He and his wife are working hard but it's just not working because life keeps dealing them bad cards.

We've had several members donate and get raffle tickes already and I want to send out a big Thank You, some of you have been very generous. I am extremely amazed at the generousity of the UB members every year. We're a little behind our normal fundraising this year, but I hope this is because everyone is weighing all the presents they will buy against budgets. Everyone got paid on the 1rst so take a look folks, we need your help, $20 isn't that much to give. You won't even miss it, but collectively with everyone here on UB, it's a life changer.
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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 09:45:58 AM »

Sounds like a perfect family for this years fundraiser!
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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 04:48:24 PM »

Thanks to everyone that has and will donate to help Nick and Adriana and the boys out. Here's a little more to add to the story.
As Mike and I were ironing out the details of Nick's story Diana got a text from Nick and this is what it said.

Hi Grams. I hate to ask know I still owe you but do you think you can borrow us $40 until Wednesday or Thursday? We need some groceries and I need money for the train. Adriana gets paid on Wednesday.

I told Diana to send him $80 and tell him they don't owe us anything. I'm sure the Lord is at work here the way things are working out.
So once again thanks to my UB family.
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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 02:49:59 PM »

I just wanted to thank everyone again for your donation. Every little bit helps and I know for sure that they will have a lot better Christmas because of all of y'all.
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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2018, 03:21:54 PM »

Mike, I'm gonna send another Pay Pal donation in a few minutes. I just wish it could be a lot more.

Come on folks, we can do this.

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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2018, 01:06:03 PM »

Hey everyone I have to shut taking donations on the 19th of December. This is really pushing it but I want to make sure everyone has a chance to help out and get entered into the drawing.

Here are the prize packs again just in case you missed it....

Ultimate Bass Adopt A Family Raffle Prizes

First place prize:
Gary donated a Dobyns Rods Sierra Series casting rod
UB is donating a quantum casting reel
Mr Twister is donating  $100 worth of plastics
$50 worth NuTech Lures donated by Lee Smith Custom Rods

Second Place:
VRX Fishing Package –
6 Rod Gloves
3 Bait Gloves
2 X Zone Muscle Back Craws Grn Pump Red Flk and Grn Pump Blk Flk
1 X Zone Rebel Chunk Black Blue Lam
1 X Zone MB Hawg Hunter Okeechobee Craw
1 X Zone Adrenaline Bug Summer Craw
1 X Zone Punisher Punch Craw Black Blue Flake
1 X Zone Ned Zone Bass Candy
1 X Zone Whiplash Shad Smoke Peral Laminate
1 X Zone MB Fat Finesse Worm #309
1 X Zone True Center Stick Watermelon Red & Green

Third Place:
K9 Fishing Package –
200 yard spool 12 lb test K9 Pro 100 (100% Fluorocarbon)
550 yard spool 14 lb test K9 Fluoro
K9 Fishing Hat
K9 Fishing Decal

Fourth Place:
NuTech Lures Prize Pack

Fifth Place:
10 packs of Mister Twister Baits - Mike Cork’s Favorites

Tickets are your basic Raffle Ticket. Ticket cost:

1 ticket for $5
5 tickets for $20
30 tickets for $100


We take all forms of money but prefer Pay Pal. You can mail a check (please let me know it's coming), did I say we prefer Pay Pal, and if you want to use a CC we can send you a Pay Pal invoice that you can pay without having a Pay Pal account. See the bottom of the post for further information.


I will message you the numbers of your tickets. We will draw the winners and post the ticket numbers. I'm will be do the drawing on Facebook Live to ensure the integrity of the raffle, but the date is still to be determined. (You do not have to have Facebook in order to win, winning numbers will be published on the Ultimate Bass forums)
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Re: A Christmas Miracle
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 05:35:29 PM »

For those of you that didn't see the other thread member FD will Very generously match any donation you make!!!

That means your donation will go twice as far.

Oldjim gave $100, FD matched it and in the blink of an eye a family in deep need has $200 more dollars to work with. Just let that sink in for a minute.

We can make this an amazing Christmas for a family in need. Whatever you can give $5. $10 $20 whatever, it will go a long way to meet their needs. And thanks to FD it will go twice as far!!!

Thanks and God Bless you all.

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