The OSUCCC – James Community Partners Program consists of corporations, individuals and community groups who raise funds in support of our vision 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 614-685-5967, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit go.osu.edu/JamesCommunityPartners.
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 David Cohn, MD, 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.
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. They also enjoyed food, drinks and a silent auction, and they heard speeches from former head football coach Jim Tressel and Electra Paskett, PhD, MSPH, from the OSUCCC – James. The evening generated over $40,000 for the Tressel Family Fund for Cancer Prevention Research at the OSUCCC – James, bringing the event’s total funds raised to over $230,000 over the past 10 years. Visit alphatauomegaosu.com to learn more.
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 percent of all donations from guests –including ticket purchases, winning auction bids and Fund-A-Need pledges – will support Multiple Myeloma Research at the OSUCCC – James. The night included a fabulous dinner, a speaking program featuring Michael A.Caligiuri, MD, director of the OSUCCC and CEO of The James, silent and live auctions, and music to dance the night away! MMORE has raised over $1 million for the OSUCCC – James with this signature fundraising event as well as community events. Save the date for next year’s CelebreteMMORE Gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015! For more information, please visit mmore.org.
Spagio Dishes Up the Stars
An evening featuring award-winning cuisine created by five-star chefs from around the world, outstanding wines from premier vineyards and a raffle of exciting items was a huge success at the March 3 Spagio Dishes Up the Stars event! Guests 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 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 OSUCCC – 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 a 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 at the OSUCCC – James. 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 several people from their community have been affected by breast cancer. One of their guests 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.
Celebration for Life
On May 17 at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant in Easton Town Center, nearly 200 guests attended the 13th annual Celebration for Life fundraising dinner to benefit The James Fund for Life, an annual fund at Ohio State that is chaired by Abigail and Les Wexner and raises money to purchase leading-edge technology used in the fight against cancer. Together, The James Fund for Life and the Celebration for Life dinner this year raised more than $1.4 million. Proceeds from this year’s dinner will benefit the Technology Acquisition Fund at the OSUCCC – James. Since 2002, more than $14.1 million has been raised by Celebration for Life and James Fund for Life supporters.