By Sam Bush
This falls into the category of:
Why Do We Even Care?!
Former Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi are donating their 32,000 square foot home to a nonprofit organization, the Hamels Foundation announced yesterday.
So, let me get this straight:
Cole and Heidi are dumping a massive tax write-off in Branson a day or two before the dumb-ass Republicans are changing the tax code.
Well, good for the Hamels family, but this is blatant business being camouflaged as philanthropy.
The nonprofit, called Camp Barnabas, helps to make dreams come true for individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses.
“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it,” Cole said in a statement. “Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”
The home, which sits on approximately 105 acres of land, was on the market for $9.75 million. The home features 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, six half-baths, and four living areas.
Realtor.com says Cole and Heidi began building the mansion while the pitcher was still a member of the Phillies, before being traded to the Texas Rangers.
The Hamels Foundation says, over the past 24 years, Barnabas has provided life-changing experiences to more than 75,000 campers and missionaries.
Barnabas also includes Barnabas Prep, a two-year faith-based collegiate program.