Greg Sacks & Kevin McCauley Raise Funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Greg Sacks and Kevin McCauley have been good friends for more than twenty years, and are always there for each other. When Greg’s other best friend, Mike Ramirez, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s Desease), Kevin was right there, ready to assist in any way. Therefore, when Greg and Mike started an ALS Foundation in 2010 called Team Godfather (in honor of Mike’s nickname), whose purpose is to raise funds for medical research in hopes of finding a cure for ALS, Kevin attended that first foundation meeting and found a new vocation.

“I looked into the eyes and faces of both Mike and his family and decided that I needed to make a change in my life, to get involved and become a better citizen and person,” Kevin recalled. He is now a board member on the Team Godfather Charitable Foundation, alongside Greg, who is the chairman.

The foundation raises money through various fundraising events, including a “Bike 4 Mike” community bike ride, fun-themed golf tournaments and the “Groovin’ for a Cure” live music extravaganza, which will be held on March 6 at the Belly Up Tavern. Greg acknowledged, “We live in a most remarkable community, because the support for our foundation is incomparable.”

In addition to their commitment to Team Godfather, Greg and Kevin are also committed to their families and to their professions. Both are married with two grown children, and Greg does custom residential landscape construction/maintenance, while Kevin is a general contractor. Both men are also into outdoor pursuits, such as snow sports, water sports, running, bicycling and hiking. Greg added, “I also love playing poker, gardening and doing home remodeling projects.” Kevin piped in, “I am an obsessive jock; you name it, I do it – none of it well, but I’m always doing something in a high-energy way.”

As for the most fulfilling aspects of their foundation efforts, Kevin proclaimed, “Hearing the feedback and gratitude of doing something positive has been rewarding, as well as seeing my ‘Bike 4 Mike’ idea become a reality.” Greg shared, “It is rewarding to see the participation of the 20-to-30-year-old kids; they come because they get it.” With these two motivated men at the helm, we’re sure even more of the community will also “get it,” and join in to help this great cause.

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Full name: Greg Sacks
Community/Neighborhood Residence: Carlsbad
Volunteer Affiliation: Team Godfather Charitable Foundation
Professional/Occupation Information: Work for Schnetz Landscape, Inc., a design/build landscape construction company. We do custom residential landscape construction and maintenance.
Family Information: Wife – Daryl, Daughter – Jessica, Son – Ben

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Full name: Kevin McCauley
Community/Neighborhood Residence: Encinitas
Volunteer Affiliation: Team Godfather Charitable Foundation
Professional/Occupation Information: General Contractor – owner, McCauley Builders
Family Information: Wife – Debbie, Daughters – Lauren and Kristen

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