Community Partners

The OSUCCC – James Community Partners Program consists of corporations, individuals and community groups who raise funds in support of our mission to create a cancer-free world. From corporate initiatives to local events, our more than 400 Community Partners bring in significant dollars to further research, education and patient care at the OSUCCC – James. To learn more, please contact The James Development Office at 614-293-9341,, or visit

The 6th annual FORE Cancer Research Pro-Am was held on August 6 at the Lakes Country Club, pairing each participating foursome with a PGA professional for a great day of golf. The day’s activities included food, a silent auction, guest speakers and an OSU Football Preview with Chris Spielman. The event raised $100,000 for the FORE Cancer Research Fund at the OSUCCC – James, which supports groundbreaking cancer research projects, as directed by Michael A. Caligiuri, MD.

A Christmas to Cure Cancer celebrated its 11th anniversary at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on November 30 and raised $45,500. It was an inspiring evening filled with musical artists, live and silent auctions, as well as hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The funds raised will benefit A Christmas to Cure Cancer-Heather Pick Music Program Fund, which will purchase equipment for mobile music and video recording studios to broadcast musical programming to patients and families in the expanded facilities at the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and in the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. 

The Crawford Crew for Cervical Cancer Research celebrated their first Raise a Racket event on January 26 at Wickertree Tennis Club. Participants enjoyed a full night of drills with tennis pros, along with food and drinks, a live DJ, silent auction, raffle items and guest speakers. This fun night of tennis raised more than $7,200 for patient assistance, awareness and education for cervical cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. Mark your calendars for next year’s Raise a Racket, to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Wickertree Tennis Club. Visit for more information on their efforts.

The second annual Cultivating a Cure took place on September 2 and brought together members of the agricultural community on Brent Porteus’ farm in Coshocton, Ohio. Porteus hosted friends, family, members of The Ohio Farm Bureau and farmers from around the state to raise an impressive $35,450 for breast cancer and Crops to Clinic research initiatives at the OSUCCC – James. Porteus started the event in 2011 to not only raise cancer awareness and celebrate the importance of agriculture in our state, but also to honor his late wife, Debra, who lost her battle with breast cancer. More than 100 guests dined on locally grown food and listened to Bobby Moser, former dean of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discuss the impact that the farming community can make in the fight against cancer. 

The 6th Annual celebrateMMORE gala was held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Hilton Easton in Columbus, Ohio. It was a sold-out event, with 640 people in attendance, all gathering to raise significant awareness and $200,000 for multiple myeloma research at the OSUCCC – James. The evening started with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail hour, then proceeded to dinner and a formal program. The Master of Ceremonies duties were performed by Ryan Miller, former Ohio State football linebacker, and the featured speaker was Don Benson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of hematology at the OSUCCC – James. The evening also included silent and live auctions, as well as a Fund-A-Need auction that raised $53,000 to help fund five test kits for myeloma research with microvesicles, which may prevent the body’s immune system from recognizing and killing myeloma cells. For more information on MMORE and other MMORE events, visit

Jason’s Hogfan Party for leukemia and lymphoma research was held in September in St. Charles, Illinois. Jason’s Hogfan Party annually honors the memory of Jason Gould, who passed away in 2006 from a viral complication following a transplant for leukemia. All of the proceeds are used to further the innovative research of Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD, at the OSUCCC – James. The Friends of Jason Gould recently presented a check for $22,000 to the OSUCCC – James for this important research. The fifth annual Jason’s Hogfan Party will be held on October 19 at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. Information can be found and donations can be made at

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