Who Am I Helping?
Each of the following
charitable organizations hold special meaning to Jim and
benefit from his ongoing fund raising efforts.
Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude was killed in the attack on the
Pentagon on the morning of September 11. He was serving as
the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, United States Army.
He was also Jim's brother-in-law.
With the support of Gen. Maude's family and the Army Chief
of Staff, a memorial scholarship foundation was established
in Gen. Maude's honor to continue his efforts to "take care
The foundation provides resources to assist soldiers
enrolled in the Army's Green to Gold program, which provides
outstanding active duty enlisted soldiers the opportunity to
attend college and be commissioned through ROTC.
Jason Baker was a Marion
County Sheriff’s Deputy Killed in the line of duty on
September 17, 2001. The fund was established in 2002 by
Jason’s parents in memory of his dedication to service,
community and country.
The fund is managed by the Central Indiana Community
Foundation and provides scholarship assistance for high
school seniors intending to pursue a career in public
safety. The award is renewable each year while the recipient
is attending school. Jerry Baker chairs the scholarship
Irwin Mortgage has teamed up with Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb
to help provide funds to these programs through the sale of
Mild to Wild hot sauce at various events throughout the
state of Indiana.
The Jim Cleek Scholarship
Fund is named in honor of one of Jim's fellow firefighters
who lost a battle with skin cancer. It goes to the children
of Pike firefighters (after a competitive application
process) to help them in their studies, fields of public