Joani Van Tuyl Tells us About the 6th Annual MBK Classic and J.P. Blase’s Contributions

The 6th Annual MBK Classic is taking place on Monday, September 12th at the Cattail Creek Country Club.

The 6th Annual MBK Classic is taking place on Monday, September 12th at the Cattail Creek Country Club.

Recently, we told you all about J.P. Blase Cooke and his selfless and inspiring contributions to My Brother’s Keeper and the Irvington community he grew up in, knew, and loved. While Blase Cooke is no longer with us physically, his undying spirit and generosity has made it possible for MBK to better serve the less fortunate members of his community for years to come.

We are thrilled to announce that the 6th Annual MBK Classic is taking place on Monday, September 12th at the Cattail Creek Country Club! This charitable event combines a stellar golf course with amazing friends and the support of a wonderful cause that was near and dear to Blase Cooke’s heart. Below is an interview with Joani Van Tuyl, who worked as Blase Cooke’s assistant and office manager for 25 years and continues to work in the Cooke Family Office. Read on to learn more about Blase Cooke and the success of MBK Annual Classic in her words.

What is MBK’s Mission?

  • “Motivated by love for God, My Brother’s Keeper is dedicated to transforming the Irvington Community and empowering its residents by providing quality social services that give them the tools to build on their own strengths.”

What Do You Recall About MBK’s History?

  • “MBK used to operate out of a 900sf storefront (around the corner from the J.P. Blase Cooke Center) on Frederick Road and the space had no air conditioning. It was amazing what they were able to accomplish in that space.”

Tell us More About J.P. Blase Cooke’s Contribution to MBK

  • “Blase grew up in the Irvington community. He was always passionate about giving back and never forgetting where he came from. In 2004, Father Mike asked Blase if they could use his name for a fundraiser they wanted to have in 2005 (to raise money to build the new building). Blase said yes. We raised over $630,000 that night. The award that they gave out at the gala was called the ‘My Brother’s Keeper J. P. Blase Cooke Award’.  We had five more galas and recipients of that award, and over the six years we raised over $1.475M in Blase’s name.” – Talk about an awe inspiring contribution!

How Successful Has the MBK Classic Been in the Past?

  • “We have raised over $280,000 since we started the tournament in 2011. In that time, we have gotten the mission of what MBK does out to hundreds of people that were not familiar with it.”

How Many People Typically Attend the MBK Classic?

  • “Over the five years that we have done it (this is our 6th year), we have had between 90-112 people participate. And then we have about 10 volunteers that also attend.” – Fun fact: Volunteering holds various health benefits both physically and mentally.

What are You Most Looking Forward to About the MBK Classic?

  • “I love seeing Blase’s friends having a great day while sharing memories of Blase and doing it on the golf course for a wonderful cause.  And hopefully it will be a beautiful day!”

What Else Should People Know About the MBK Classic?

  • “This is the largest fund raiser for My Brother’s Keeper and is essential to helping MBK serve the people in need in Irvington.”


Still have questions about the 6th Annual MBK Classic? For registration info and further details, contact Joani at 410-680-8461 or You can also contact Fred Boos at 410-978-2715 or via email at

Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping

To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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