The Rafter Family

How to help…

Meals — Visit LotsaHelpingHands for a calendar and to sign up for a day to bring a gluten-free meal.

Gift Cards— Read the letter below to find out how to use the BRBB’s Scrip program to provide Landis, Hennings‘, Giant, and Wawa gift cards.

Apex Gym CrossFit Fundraiser (January 21st) — Read the article below to find out how to participate in a great fundraiser.



BRBB Family:

You may have heard of the recent health concerns of one of our alumni parents, Mike Rafter. Mike suffered from a ruptured AVM on November 9th, and remains hospitalized in critical condition. While last week we took time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, we are especially thankful for the countless hours that Mike served with the BRBB during the 4 years that his son Brandon was a band member. Although Brandon graduated last year, Mike remains part of our family.

At times like this, many of us wonder what we can do to help. The family has requested gift cards to local grocery stores to assist with the day to day care of Mike and Jenn’s six children. The BRBB is offering to exercise the benefit of our Scrip program to provide grocery gift cards to the family during this challenging time. We have local gift cards available to Giant, Henning’s and Landis. Wawa gift cards are also available, which would surely be helpful for filling the gas tank or grabbing a quick meal on many trips back and forth to the hospital.

So now you may be asking what you can do. You have a few options:

    1. If you are a current Scrip family, order gift cards as usual; then send Sam a message at scrip@soudertonbigred.org to let her know they are for the Rafter family.
    2. If you are not participating in Scrip, you can still help! Drop your payment in the Red Box in the Band Room. Make a check payable to “BRBB” and mark the envelope “Rafter family gift cards”. If you have a preference as to which store gift cards are purchased, please notate this on your envelope.

Find out how to sign up for our Scrip program.

No matter which option you choose, we will ensure gift cards are ordered and delivered to the family.

This opportunity will continue to be available for the next several months as this is expected to be a very long road for the Rafter family. So please feel free to contribute whenever it is possible for you to do so.

Of course, well wishes and positive thoughts go a long way, and it is our hope that the BRBB can be a source of strength and encouragement to them during this difficult time, as Mike always was for the BRBB.

Thank you all!



CrossFit Apex Fundraiser on January 21st

CrossFit Apex is proud to announce that the first Bring a Friend fundraiser of 2017 will be Saturday, January 21st, from 9-10:30am.

January’s Bring a Friend will benefit Jenn, Mike, Brandon, Julia, Aidan, Avery, Alyssa, and Peyton Rafter, a local family who has been dealing with the hospitalization of their husband and father, Mike, who suffered a significant brain bleed on November 9th 2016.

To help the Rafters, CF Apex is inviting members of the Souderton/Harleysville communities to show their support by completing a challenging, yet infinitely scalable, workout on January 21st.

This event is open to anyone and does not require an Apex membership or previous CrossFit experience.

While Mike has made significant progress in the last few weeks, he and his wife, Jenn, will be out of work for a long time. Their family needs all the support they can get; not only for medical bills, but for the money they need to support their family through this critical time on a day-to-day basis.

Cost for the event is a $20 donation per participant. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Rafter family.

In 2016, CrossFit Apex raised over $10,000 with monthly “Bring a Friend” fundraisers and will continue to grow the overall health of the community through physical fitness and philanthropic support.