Countdown to Harzfest 2015

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Here is information on Harzfest 2015, New Venue, one new band-Know Beats-which is band that has Stevie Fleck who was with us last year, not sure of the other band member names !  This is the 4th Annual and this year we will be helping the kid warriors and featuring Stella Usiak!  Please bring craft duct tape to the event and be entered for a prize.  The second part to this year will be a community event, helping kids with Cancer to have a fun day this summer and to bring awareness to Bone Marrow Donation sign up.  Tickets and donations for beer can be found online at

Email: to get more information on where to pick up tickets.  We also need donations and baskets for our raffle.  Please email us for donation letter and tax deductible forms!  Thank you for your support and see you at Harzfest 2015!

2014 End of Year Update

This foundation is only 2 years and 3 months running, and I am amazed at all we have done together to help others. In 2014 we have blessed 13 individuals/families, helped 7 families for Harz Blessings, given out 4 scholarships . We have also started out a new initiative with the Jim Harszlak Fifth Quarter Club with the Boys and Girls Club, Newman Family Clubhouse. The THS team had spaghetti dinners prior to home games, and we awarded $40 gift cards to  7  Warriors of the game. Also an afterparty was started at the clubhouse, where teens had place to go and we contributed gift cards, etc.

These were all funded through donations which mainly come from our annual Harzfest. This year Harzfest 2015 will be March 7th at the Eldredge Bicycle Club from 3:00-11:00. Details and Event pages will be coming in the following weeks. This year we will be donating funds to Stella Usiak., and planning a community event to help other children with cancer.

Stella is an 11 year  strong and brave girl who was initially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of 2011, sadly after 14 months of being in remission she has relapsed in September 2014  Roswell Park Cancer Institute says with the relapse there are fewer treatment options.

The foundation helped Stella and family with small donations, and Stella and her family volunteered last year at Harzfest before her relapse!


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Peace Love Prayers and Harzfest 2015, Shake it Up  for Stella!


March 2014

Harzfest 2014 is over and will be updating page soon with pictures and other information.

The 2014 Jim Harszlak Scholarship Application is available at Tonawanda High School and here.  Please Complete and return to the guidance Office by May 1st.  Jim-Harszlak-Foundation-Scholarship 2014

On April 26th we will be participating in the Undy 5000 for Colon Cancer join our team! Love and Prayers

We are going to be wearing the Expect a Miracle T shirts for the team so please contact me at if you are going to participate in the walk run.

Here are some new T-shirt designs for Adults and Children that can be ordered online and a donation will be made to the foundation.

Peace Love Prayers and have a great day!

January 2014


Harzfest 2014 will be March 1st 2014 from 3-10 If you would like to volunteer please fill out the volunteer form and email to Paul Kirchmeyer paul @etrucktirecom by February 8th.  The next meeting for volunteers will be Wednesday, Februrary 26th.     Harzfest Volunteer Form

Here is donation letter requesting donations for our raffles, please let us know what you are able to contribute.  Harzfest 2014 donation letter

You can also pre purchase tickets for  $20.00 for the event online at our store:

April 26th we will be participating in the Undy 5000 for Colon Cancer join our team! Love and Prayers

August 2013

The 4th Annual Armstrong Pumps Charity Golf Tournament was August 4th and Paul Kirchmeyer had a foursome representing the foundation and their team won the Tournament, Congratulations. A huge thank you to the organizers and employees of Armstrong Pumps for their donation to Jim’s Foundation this year!

The Board will be meeting at the end of August or September to discuss details of Harz Blessings for Christmas 2013 and start plans for Harzfest 2014.

Harzfest 2014 Date is set for Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at American Legion and tentative music will be Strictly Hip, The Stamplickers and Grateful Dans ( Dan Sturner and Danny Lynn Wilson(Lindamen) and band…..more updates to come after summer.

T-shirts have been restocked so visit the store. T-shirts will be $15 for the month of August and will go back up to $20 in September. See our store!

See Ways to Help page to donate to the Foundation and another link to the store!

If you know of any individuals or families needing our help, please contact us through one of the board members, Facebook or email to

Peace Love and Prayers to all the friends family and strangers that have been a part of carrying on good deeds in honor of Jim Harszlak.

Summer 2013 Update

This weekend on June 22, 2013 the first two Jim Harszlak Foundation were given at Tonawanda High School.  See the Scholarship Page for details and pictures.  Congratulations to our two recipients Riley Gardner and Jacob Thurston.

John Holler ran the 5K for the first time and for the first Jim Harszlak team on April 27, 2013.  Get in shape next year for a bigger team.  Susan Holler-Harszlak walked it.

The Foundation was also represented at the Susan B Komen Walk on June 8th.  Walking in memory of our survivor family and friends and those who died this year due to breast cancer to include Mary Beth Cartwright and Sally Hampton.

Armstrong Pumps will be donating to Jim Harszlak Foundation at their annual Golf Tournament. They will be contacted to see when this is and if others can join.  Hopefully next year we would like to do our own Golf Tournament.

Harzfest 2014 Date is set for Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at American Legion and tentative music will be Strictly Hip, The Stamplickers and Grateful Dans ( Dan Sturner and Danny Lynn Wilson(Lindamen) and band…..more updates to come after summer.

Have some T-shirts left but will be restocked soon….see our store

The board will be meeting soon with other fundraising and get-together ideas, please send us your ideas!


Peace, Love and Prayers and enjoy your summer!

Scholarship Application Now Available

An application for the Jim Harszlak Scholarship is now available at Tonawanda High School Guidance office.  There is also an application on the Scholarship page with more information on criteria.

Coming soon:  Jim Harszlak Foundation T-shirts, Bandanas and other items available for specific donations.   Here is link:

Don’t forget to sign up for the Undy Walk on April 27th at Delaware Park.

Foundation Updates

HARZFEST 2013 was a success!  Thank you to all the Bands, Volunteers, Guests, Donations of baskets, giftcertificates, food, checks, and money!

Please complete this survey about Harzfest 2013: Harzfest Survey 


Pictures are posted under Photos and if anyone has more, post to facebook or email us at so they can be added!

Updates to other pages this week, including a survey to all who attended to see what we can do better and give your suggestions!

Upcoming Events:  Purchase Bon Ton Books for $5.00 and receive $10 to shop March 1 and 2nd along with over $400 in special coupons!

BonTon Community Books

Fundraising Night:  Texas Roadhouse:  Monday March 18th from 4:00 -10:00.  10% of check with special coupon will be donated to the Foundation:  If you need coupon please email

2013 Buffalo Undy 5000 Run/Walk:  April 27, 2013 in Delaware Park, Colvin Entrance

Jim Harszlak Foundation has a team:  Please join us to raise awareness of Colon Cancer and support the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Register online:  Undy 5000 Registration


Welcome to the Jim Harszlak Foundation website

The foundation was formed in memory of Jim Harszlak who died on September 12, 2012.  It was started from funds sent in his memory and has already helped several people in this short time.

Our Mission is to help local children, families and organizations who have a need due to financial and or medical situations.  We are also going to give a scholarship in Jim’s name to a graduate of Tonawanda High School.

Memorial page:  Please leave a story or a memory of Jim at the bottom of this page.

HARZFEST 2013 will be our first fundraising event and we hope to make it an annual event.  This will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 3:00-10:00 at the Tonawanda American Legion Post in Tonawanda.

There will be food, music, raffles and 50/50 chances.  Cost is $20.00 presale and $25.00 at door.

Music:  Sound:  Orka Audio: Ron Orka Walker, MC:  Craig Mathews from WYRK & WJYE <  Danny Sturner Band, 55 Main, The Stamplickers, and NY2LA and more to be announced.

If you would like to volunteer please contact us at  We are setting up baskets Friday evening February 15th and event set up will be at 12:00 on February 16th.   Schedules will be given out on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm at the American Legion.  On the Harzfest page is a downloadable form to submit if you cannot attend.

Donations needed of baskets, gift certificates, collectable items, etc…..see Harzfest page for further information.

HARZ Blessings:  We donated to many in 2012 and hope to do monthly blessings to families and individuals, as well as our Christmas Blessings.

Ways to Help:  Information on sending checks or donating online by credit card.


Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’