Raise a Racket
Raise a Racket 2014 was a BIG HIT on January 25. With 240 people in attendance, over $20,000 was raised for Cervical Cancer Research. The night was kicked off with a speech from Dr. Cohn, Director of Gynecologic Cancer Research and the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the OSUCCC – James. The rest of the evening was filled with tennis, food, drinks, music and fun! Please visit thecrawfordcrew.org to learn more about event founder Diane Crawford’s vision and mission to beat cervical cancer.
Over 600 guests and supporters showed up on a chilly February evening to CelebrateMMORE’s 2014 Gala and raised $210,000 for the MMORE Multiple Myeloma Research Fund! Thanks to the generosity of the CelebrateMMORE Gala sponsors, 100% of all donations from guests –including ticket purchases, winning auction bids and Fund-A-Need pledges – will go directly to support Multiple Myeloma Research at the OSUCCC – James. The night included a fabulous dinner, a speaking program featuring Dr. Michael A.Caligiuri, CEO and Director of the OSUCCC – James, silent and live auctions and music to dance the night away! MMORE has raised over $1,000,000 for the OSUCCC – James with their signature fundraising event as well as community events. Save the date for next year’s CelebreteMMORE Gala on Saturday, February 7, 2015! For more information, please visit mmore.org.
Alpha Tau Omega Casino Night
Alpha Tau Omega’s 10th annual Casino Night on February 8 was a formal affair, featuring a variety of casino style games, such as blackjack, roulette and craps. Guests played games with a set amount of fake money and turned in their “winnings” for raffle tickets to try and win prizes. Guests also enjoyed food, drinks, silent auction and heard a speech from former head football coach, Jim Tressel and Dr. Electra Paskett from the OSUCCC – James. The evening was a huge success bringing in over $40,000 for the Tressel Family Fund for Cancer Prevention Research at the OSUCCC – James which brings the event’s total funds raised to over $230,000 over the past ten years. Visit alphatauomegaosu.com to learn more.
Mad River Pretty In Pink
Benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research
February 9, 2014
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February 9 brought a day filled with snow, rail jams, ski races, raffles and prizes at Mad River Mountain’s Pretty in Pink was another big success! Over $3,600 was raised to support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Included in the day with raffle prizes and race registrations, a dollar was also donated for each lift ticket that was purchased. Mad River has been hosting Pretty In Pink for several years and encourages all types of skiers and spectators to come out to support breast cancer research and enjoy a day on the slopes! Please visit http://m.skimadriver.com/PrettyinPInk14 to learn more.
Spagio Dishes Up the Stars
March 3, 2014
An evening featuring award-winning cuisine created by five-star chefs from around the world, outstanding wines from premiere vineyards and a raffle of exciting items was a huge success at the March 3 Spagio Dishes Up the Stars event! Guests gathered and tasted this fine cuisine to raise over $67,000 for the OSUCCC – James. Spagio and Spagio Wine Lounge were the hosts of this one of a kind event. A special thank you goes to local famed chef, Hubert Seifert, his wife Helga, and daughter Nicole Dinsmoor, as well as James supporter Bob Marotta for their commitment to bringing this event to The James.
Blues for A Cure
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Sean Carney’s Blues For A Cure “Spring Show” on April 4 was the 4th annual event featuring local and national musicians and legendary Bluesman, Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers. The event was held at Woodlands Backyard in Grandview and proceeds benefited the Heather Pick Music Program at the OSUCCC – James.
Bowling for the Boyz
The 4th annual Bowling for the Boyz event on April 12 raised more than $8,000 in support of Jay Holdgreve’s Testicular Cancer Research Fund. Jay is a testicular cancer survivor and has made it his mission to raise awareness and money to support testicular cancer research at The James. Jay started his own organization called TCARE (Testicular Cancer Awareness Research and Education) and recently hit a huge milestone of raising $50,000! Jay’s fund, The Jay Holdgreve Endowment Fund for Testicular Cancer Research, is now an endowed fund at the OSUCCC – James.
Riley Creek Pharmacy Purse Bingo
“BINGO!” was shouted many times the night of April 24 as 200 players gathered to raise money in support of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Through the donations of local businesses, designer purses were purchased and used as prizes for the Riley Creek Pharmacy’s first annual Purse Bingo night! There were 20 rounds of Bingo played and a purse prize was awarded at the end of each round. More than $7,000 was raised that evening. Riley Creek chose to support the Spielman Fund because they have had several people from their community affected by breast cancer. One of their customers was nominated for a Stefanie’s Champions award one year ago, so it is a fund that is close to their hearts. Please visit the Riley Creek Pharmacy page on Facebook for additional information.
Kevin J. Mullin Memorial 5K Run/Walk
May 4, 2013
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Runners and walkers took their place on May 4 at the 13th Annual Kevin J. Mullin Memorial 5K Run/Walk at Bishop Hartley High School. After the race, participants and guests could purchase raffle tickets to have a chance at winning prizes. Since 2002, this event has raised more than $266,000 has been raised for brain tumor research at the OSUCCC – James, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the American Brain Tumor Association.
Soar with the Eagles Family Fitness Day
The tri-family fitness event was a bright and successful day on May 31 as over 150 participants geared up for the 5K and 1 mile run. The day involved the Don Sommers 5K, in honor of the Kingsway Christian School Director of Development who is battling a rare form of squamous cell cancer. A Youth With A Mission (YWAM) 1 mile run, supporting Ryan Ferrell, a 2008 graduate of Kingsway who is currently serving on the mission field in Denver, CO with YWAM; and the Eagles Dash for children to participate in the fun. Proceeds benefit the Melanoma Cancer Research Fund at the OSUCCC – James and YWAM.
Angel Open Golf Outing
The shotgun was heard by all at Oakhaven Golf Course on June 6 as teams took the course and showed their support of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The outing involved a golf scramble, lunch, a speaking program with Dr. Julia White from the OSUCCC – James, raffle items and silent auction. The Angel Open, now in its 14th year, has raised more than $360,000 in the fight against cancer. Visit angelopen.com to learn more.
A Christmas to Cure Cancer
December 6, 2013
Snowy, cold, wintery weather didn’t keep guests from enjoying the 12th annual A Christmas To Cure Cancer benefit gala at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Guests enjoyed Ruth’s Chris featured hors d’oeuvres while being entertained with live music and service from local celebrity guest bartenders. This year’s event, which benefits the Heather Pick Music Program at the OSUCCC-James, brought in $35,000. The Heather Pick Music Fund honors the legacy of Heather Pick and the musical talents and passion of Lorne VanFossen.
All Ohio Balloon Festival
August 15, 2013
Thank you to all the All Ohio Balloon Festival Tethered Balloon Rides raised $5,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. From August 15 through August 17 hot air balloon rides at Union County Airport in Marysville, Ohio were sold for $20-$25 a person and donated to the Spielman Fund. “We chose the Spielman Fund because everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer,” Event organizer Marie Woodford said. “Marysville is a community of caring people who try to give of their time, money and resources—This event was a success."
Clunger Beats 5000
September 29, 2013
This past September, runners and walkers participated in the 1st annual CLunger Beats 5000 5K run/walk in memory of Cory Lunger and his courageous battle against Adult Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). In this inaugural event, which took place at Ohio Stadium, 450 participants raised over $17,000 to support the Cory Lunger Endowment Fund at the OSUCCC-James. Event organizers shared that the highlight of the event was the involvement of more than 150 Honda R&D employees in the race. Cory was employed at Honda R&D before he passed away from ALL in March of 2013. For more information on the event please visit www.clungerbeats5000.com.
Courage, Conquer, and Cure 5K
October 5, 2013
More than 700 participants gathered in historic downtown Canal Winchester to support the fight against breast cancer at the 2nd annual Courage, Conquer and Cure 5K on October 5th. Maddie Spielman, along with Tracy Townsend and the mayor of Canal Winchester, addressed the crowd of runners and supporters. More than $40,000 has been raised for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research during the last two years through this inspiring event!
Cultivation for a Cure
August 18, 2013
Brent Porteus started the Cultivation for a Cure event at Leed’s Farm as a way to honor his wife, Debra’s, legacy. Debra passed away after fighting breast cancer under the care of Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy. Brent was so pleased with the care that Dr. Ramaswamy and her nurse practitioner, Julia Garrett, provided that he wanted to find a way to not only honor Debra and the team who cared for her, but to also bring together the agricultural community. So far the annual event has raised over $70,000 to benefit the research of Dr. Ramaswamy as well as two other agriculturally based funds at Ohio State. The Lee Discretionary Fund helps fund research on cancer prevention through food and nutrition and the Cooperatives for a Cure Fund supports a collaborative effort between The James and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to identity dietary and nutritional links to cancer treatment and prevention.
Faith Thomas Foundation
September 7, 2013
Congratulations to the Faith Thomas Foundation for their inaugural golf outing and dinner on September 7 benefiting the Sickle Cell Transition Program at the OSUCCC – James and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Supporters gathered to raise more than $8,000 for the transition program. For more information on their efforts and next year’s event, visit www.faiththomasfoundation.com.
FORE cancer Research Pro-Am Golf Outing
The 7th Annual FORE cancer Research Pro-Am golf outing has raised over $100,000 to support cancer research initiatives by Dr. Michael Caligiuri, M.D. Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center CEO, James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. Each year the group funds a specific cancer project and in seven years has funded projects on skin cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer and this year sarcoma. “The money goes right into the hands of the researchers-from the donors to the lab,” Mark Thomas, tournament chairman said. Jim Zink, Director of FORE cancer research said that because everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, the support of friends, families and sponsors through the years has been inspiring.
Jake Zeller Golf Scramble
September 28, 2013
The 1st annual Jake Zeller Golf Scramble took place at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Clyde, Ohio this past September. This outing was a celebration of Jake’s love of golf, family, and friends and was created with the hope of continuing Jake’s legacy and fight against brain cancer. There were 32 teams of golfers, hole prizes, raffles, silent auction, putting contest and a picnic to end the day. The day was filled with hope and inspiration and ultimately raised $6,500 in Jake’s honor to support brain cancer research at the OSUCCC-James. One of the biggest highlights of the event took place before the tee off with a stone dedication at the first tee by Jake’s fellow golf buddies. “To us Jake was a teammate, he was a partner, he was a great golfer, a courageous fighter, and a very fine young man.” – Team Jake.
Kick for a Cure
The Washington Courthouse High School girls and boys soccer teams took the field for a night of awareness and raising money for a cause. The athletes feel it is important to give back to their community in some way during their season and this year they decided to “Kick for a Cure” and raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Breast Cancer has affected many families of their players and many members of their community so the athletes took it upon themselves to do what they can to help the cause. $1,482.92 was raised through silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, a balloon launch, and breast cancer awareness and bandana sales. Pictured below are the boys and girls team captains with check they donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund.
June 17, 2013
Olivia Barr, 11, has a goal to kick colon cancer and so far this year the organization she started, Kids involved in Cancer Research, has raised $8,300 for the cause. In just three years KICR has raised $20,000 for colon cancer research supported by Dr. Tanios Saab at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. On June 17, 2013 the second annual KICR Walk was held at Jackson High School in Massillion, Ohio. Olivia started KICR after her mother passed away of colon cancer. She believes it’s important for kids to feel that they can make an impact by participating in this event. “This was the best walk ever! It was a lot of fun even though we got really wet from the rain! I can’t believe we have raised over $20,000 since we started. Maybe someone will be cured,” she said.
Polo in the Pines
October 5, 2013
This past fall, the Atlanta Regional Polo Club hosted the 2nd annual Polo in the Pines. Jen Croker joined event creator Tina Fowler this year as co-director, helping to bring in $45,000 for this year’s event. Tina created this event to celebrate the life of her mother, Sharon Knight, a 25 year cancer survivor. While in treatment for her sarcoma, Sharon sought the expertise of Raphael Pollock, MDM PhD, at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. As such, the Polo in the Pines event focused its efforts to support Dr. Pollock’s work at M.D. Anderson. When Dr. Pollock joined the OSUCCC- James in September of 2013 as the Director of Surgical Oncology, he brought with him the support of Polo in the Pines, making the OSUCCC-James the event’s beneficiary.
Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer
August 24, 2013
On August 24, the third annual Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer event raised money for the Roc On! Neuro-Oncology Fund at the OSUCCC – James. The event, held in Dublin, Ohio at the Bogey Inn Bar and Grill to benefit brain cancer research, welcomed 400 guests to a full concert lineup including Grey Matter, JessiJam, Reganomics and Sweet Rock Candy. Event organizer Mary Kay Fenlon’s neuro-oncologist, Herbert Newton, MD, director of the division of neuro-oncology at the OSUCCC - James, performed with his band Grey Matter. “I believe strongly in finding a cure for brain cancer through research,” Fenlon said. “The Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer event brings survivors, current patients, family members and friends together to listen to great rock and roll music which, for a few hours, heals our hearts.” For more information, email Mary Kay Fenlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runway to Awearness
September 20, 2013
The 3rd annual Runway to Awearness fashion show, sponsored by Leal Boutique in Upper Arlington, was held on September 20. The show has raised over $100,000 in just three years to support the Patricia D. Dinunzio Ovarian Cancer Endowment fund at the OSUCCC – James. Boutique owner Connie Ballenger started this event after DiNunzio was diagnosed in order to raise money bags given to gynecologic cancer patients that include items to help them tolerate their chemotherapy treatments including lip balm, nausea medicine, diet and exercise tips and information about wigs and head wraps. All the models in the show are ovarian cancer survivors or those have been touched by ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.patdinunzio.org.
July 20, 2013
The Scooter Scramble held another successful golf outing on Saturday July 20th at the Golf Club of Dublin. The morning storm blew over just before tee off and made for a beautiful day of golf for a great cause. This event was established in 2005 to support Brain Tumor research in memory of Scott Sellers who passed away in 2004.
St. Mary’s Tailgate for Cancer
September 14, 2013
On September 14, the annual St. Mary’s Tailgate for Cancer raised over $12,000 for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. The three events they’ve held in the past year have raised more than $50,000 for the fund. As always, the event was held in St. Mary’s, Ohio and was filled with food, auction items, Ohio State Alumni cheerleaders and lots of buckeye fans brought together to cheer the OSU Football team to victory over California. Mark your calendars for the 2014 tailgate on Sept. 20! For more Information, visit www.tailgateforcancer.com.
Steps for Sarcoma
September 15, 2013
The Steps for Sarcoma event held on September 15, 2013 supports sarcoma research at The James and was once again a success this year. The event was held at the Wendy’s Corporate Office in Dublin and registered participants, volunteers and staff totaled over 900 people. Total profits this year have more than doubled from past years and raised $93,000 to date for sarcoma research! For more information, please email email@example.com.
Tiffin Fire Department
The Tiffin, Ohio community rallied together to spread awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Pink Heal Fire Trucks were on display, and a Charity Dinner hosting 130 guests was held in the evening, put on by the Tiffin Fire Department to support Seneca County F.A.C.T. as well as the Spielman Fund.
Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show
September 20-22, 2013
The 7th Annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show was held September 20-22. And what a show it was! Stalls, entries, and donations all broke records again this year. When auctioneer Dan Westlake dropped the gavel the final time at the live auction, the auction total was $5,015.00- Almost double the figure for 2012. In total the 2013 event raised $65,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Patient Assistance at the OSUCCC – James, bringing the seven year total to $222,500.
Turtles Fore Spielman Golf Outing
July 27, 2013
The first annual Turtles Fore Spielman golf outing was held July 27, 2013 at the Little Turtle Golf Club and raised $45,795 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The event hosted 152 golfers and sold out three weeks prior to the event date. Chris Spielman spoke to the crowd before the dinner portion of the event, which was a great end to a day of golf. One participating family set up a lemonade stand on the 6th hole during the tournament and gave $202 toward the cause. The Little Turtle Poker Group raised $10,700 of the total donation and are already enthusiastically raising money for next year’s event.
War Against Melanoma Golf Outing
August 17, 2013
On August 17, Kirk and Lyndsey Vidra organized the 4th annual War Against Melanoma Golf Outing for the WAM Foundation Fund for Melanoma Research at the OSUCCC – James. The outing was held at Bent Tree Golf Course in Sunbury, Ohio, and was followed by a dinner which raised more than $9,000. An appearance by Brutus the Buckeye entertained kids and adults to get everyone excited about the Buckeyes and pumped about fighting skin cancer! Kirk, a stage-four melanoma survivor said he was incredibly thankful for his care at The James and this event is his small way of giving back. For more information, visit www.thewamfoundation.org.