Community Partners

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 614-293-2120,, or visit

St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer

The town of St. Marys, Ohio, held its 7th Annual Tailgate for Cancer on October 9-10, 2015. The St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer is an annual event organized entirely by volunteers with support from generous sponsors and donors throughout the area. The 2015 two day event raised $105,000 to benefit the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. The fun-filled weekend featured a Friday night kickoff party with bands and entertainment, a Saturday morning 5K run, and finally the main tailgate event with the Ohio State football game on the big screen, tailgate food and beverages, live music, and silent and live auctions. Of their event, St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer Committee Board of Trustees President Traci Lauth said, “We are all very passionate with our fight against cancer and truly believe that together we will win!” Dates for the 2016 event have been set for Oct. 14-15, 2016, for the OSU vs. Wisconsin game. Visit to learn more.

Roosters Charitable Golf Outing

The 5th annual Roosters Charitable Golf Outing was held on Friday, Aug. 21, at The Golf Club of Dublin. According to Roosters President Dan Ponton, “Everybody that works at Roosters has been so fortunate in that business has been very good and we just want to be able to give some of that back to the community.” Their annual golf tournament is one way that they are able to give back. A great time was had by all who attended the event with an amazing turnout of loyal customers, friends and supporters. The full day on the course included an abundance of food and fun, along with giveaways, raffle and a silent auction. Roosters’ 2015 efforts raised a record $115,000 to benefit the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. The whole Roosters team gets involved with the event because, according to Ponton, “It’s not one person’s idea, it’s everybody in the Roosters organization, they want to give back. It’s kind of a corporate philosophy or a corporate culture; we just enjoy doing it.

Buckeye Cruise for Cancer

The 9th Annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 20-25 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, with stops in beautiful Labadee, Haiti, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. More than 3,300 Buckeyes, including Coach Urban and Shelley Meyer and Dr. Michael Caligiuri were on board to raise funds for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. Highlights of this year’s cruise included on board talks from OSUCCC – James physicians and researchers, a 3 mile run/walk on Royal Caribbean’s private island Labadee, and a fun-filled night of Karaoke featuring some Buckeye greats! Each year the cruise sets a goal to purchase a piece of technology for The James through the Fund a Need Auction. This year, Buckeye Cruisers raised more than $350,000 to help purchase a QTOF LC-MS System for Improved Metabolomics Studies. The 2016 Buckeye Cruise raised more than $1.5 million for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and the OSUCCC – James and since its inception the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer has raised nearly $7 million for the OSUCCC – James. Dates have been set for the 10th Anniversary Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, February 25 – March 2, 2017. Visit to learn more.

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