Community Partners are passionate individuals, groups and corporations who share our vision of creating a cancer-free world. More than 400 Community Partners are raising critical funds to further research, education and patient care at the OSUCCC – James. This past year, nearly $3.5 million has been raised through corporate initiatives, promotions and local events.

Papa John's Charity Challenge

More than $100,000 raised for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research

The central Ohio franchisee group, Johnco Inc., hosted its second annual Papa John’s Charity Challenge Golf Outing at the Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio, on Aug. 27.

“Our success could not have been achieved without the support from our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and communities. The commitment is truly humbling,” says Charles Burris, Johnco Inc. vice president and operating partner.

Buckeye Spectacular of Trees

$150,000 raised for the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and the McComb Family Cancer Research Fund

The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer hosted its second annual Buckeye Spectacular of Trees in The Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium, kicking off the holiday season with live auctions of gorgeously hand-decorated Christmas trees and silent auctions of wreaths and other holiday décor.

The over 250 guests in attendance were treated to Christmas carolers, a spectacular dinner catered by Giant Eagle, handcrafted ornaments and boxes of sweet treats provided by Cheryl's Cookies and Marsha's Buckeyes. A huge thank-you is extended to the presenting sponsor, Heartland Bank, and to Dan Ponton from Roosters, who won this year’s Spirit of Christmas Award.

Brighter Days Invitational

$50,000 raised for the Thoracic Surgery Oncology Fund and the Thoracic Oncology Center Support Fund

The Brighter Days Foundation, founded by PGA TOUR player Jason Day and his wife Ellie, hosted the third annual Brighter Days Invitational on Oct. 7 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The event provided guests with an up-close-and-personal encounter with wildlife, along with a surprise mini-concert from Pat Monahan, lead singer/songwriter of the band Train. The evening led into a private concert by "American Idol" finalist Gabby Barrett and headlined by platinum-selling and 10-time No. 1 hit country music superstar Cole Swindell.

The following day, Brighter Days held its Celebrity Golf Invitational at Double Eagle Club. Over 40 celebrity golfers, including Jason Day, were paired with teams to make the experience unforgettable. 

Steps for Sarcoma

More than $165,000 raised for Steps for Sarcoma Research Fund

Race participants and spectators cheered prior to the kickoff of the 9th annual Steps for Sarcoma on Sept. 23 as a banner hanging at the start line was unveiled to celebrate a significant milestone: $1 million raised in less than a decade. The banner read, “Thank You Supporters $1 Million Dollars Raised.”

Steps for Sarcoma grows each year and is one of the largest sarcoma races in the nation. Some 1,500 guests and over 200 dogs attended the special day at Chemical Abstracts Service. The race owes its success to the event chair, committee, staff and volunteers who work year-round to make this event a reality for our patients, families and sarcoma friends.

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