Thursday, October 10, 2013

Birdies for Boots

The late Ian Miller
The non-profit In Ian's Boots organization will hold its Third Annual Birdies for Boots golf outing on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Applecross Country Club in Downingtown.

In the evening there will be a reception, dinner and silent auction.

This is the organization's only major fundraiser this year.

CBS 3’s Beasley Reece will, again, be the evening’s host and the Philadelphia Union’s goalkeeper,
Beasley Reece
Zac MacMath will also be here.

There will be an open beer and wine bar as well as a "fabulous" dinner.
Zac MacMath

The reception starts at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 6 p.m., according to Ron Miller, whose son Ian, a student at WestMont Christian Academy, was killed on a Boy Scout sledding trip in 2010.

An inspirational Bible message was found in his boot, inspiring his parents to start this charity which provides footwear to the needy.

Inside his boot, the coroner found a typed passage from The Bible, James 1:2-4, which reads: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
This year the charity has sent out about 8,000 pairs of footwear so far. 

Orphans in Uganda show off new shoes and socks from In Ian's Boots.
Thousands have been distributed in the tri-county area as well as Philadelphia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Honduras, Guatemala, Latvia, Moldavia, Jamaica, Mexico and others. 

The group also helped a number of people, mostly youth, with community service requirements for school, church and legal needs. 
Last November the Gambone Management Company donated warehouse space, allowing the group to process many more shoes. Innumerable shoe drives have been held and we participated in many shoe giveaway events. 

The group will also be giving out the 3rd Annual “Pure Joy” Award!

All of this costs a significant amount of money. 

"We know everyone is hounded by phone, mail and email for donations but we want to ask you to
seriously consider coming to the dinner to help us to help others," Miller wrote.

"Also, if any of you are golfers or have a business that would like to be a sponsor it is not too late to sign up," he wrote.

You can register at

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