Fund-Raising Events

Joan’s Fund actively pursues and accepts donations throughout the year from individuals, organizations and companies.

Please join Abuelos Mexican Food Embassy each Monday in October by supporting Joan's Fund. A foundation dedicated to the eradication of Head and Neck Cancer.

Present this flyer at Abuelos and they will donate 20% of your total check, excluding tax, to the Joan Levy Bisesi Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology Research

Joan's Fund Reaches $635,000 – thanks to all who are helping!

Shop for Joan’s Fund!

You can make a donation to Joan's Fund every time you search or shop on line.  It's easy and free! is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it like any search engine. is an online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with Every time you place an order through it, you'll be supporting Joan's Fund.

Just go to, click and enter Joan's Fund as the charity you search for and a percentage of your purchases goes directly to Joan's' Fund!

Shawn Kerr Drive for the Cure

The first Shawn C. Kerr Drive for the Cure golf outing was held August 15, 2009 in Croton, Ohio.  The event was organized by Brad Kerr in memory of his brother, Shawn, who passed away from Head and Neck Cancer in 2001. It was a beautiful day for golf and there was a good turnout of golfers ready to have some fun and most importantly donate to a good cause. There were great prizes, great food, and great laughs throughout the day.  In fact, the golfers might have eaten more than they golfed! When the day ended, $650 was donated to Joan's Fund. "I hope to have an even better turnout next year with more great prizes, laughs and food as well as more money to donate to a great cause," said Brad.

A Boost from the Buckeyes

At each Ohio State home football game, including the Spring game, Sharon Renkes and her crew operate a booth in the stadium. As hats and shirts fly off the shelves, Joan’s Fund earns a percentage of the sales. In 2009, these busy workers helped add $2,804 to Joan’s Fund.

Virtual Events are a Real Success

A virtual event is something you give to rather than go to and many participated by doing just that. For the past two football seasons, people were given the opportunity to participate in a drawing for tickets to OSU vs. Michigan in 2008 and OSU vs. USC in 2009. Larry and Jo Walchli and Dave and Mary Korengel were the lucky Michigan ticket winners;  Frank and Joyce Rayburn won the USC tickets.  Both events raised a total of $14,000, making Joan's Fund the real winner. You can always "attend" the event by making a donation to Joan's Fund.

Breakfast Benefit

In January 2008, The Knights of Columbus at Christ the King Parish in Columbus held a pancake breakfast at the TAT Restaurant and raised $500.

One Friend Can Do A Lot


Organizer, Kristen Bach with two of her  children getting ready for the relay.
Because of her close friendship with Joan, Kristen Bach used her strong feelings about Joan’s Fund as a way to honor Joan’s memory by raising $1,000 through a team that participated in the Relay for Life. In June 2008, walkers gathered in Dublin, Ohio to walk through the afternoon and night as a reminder that cancer never sleeps.

Doctors Scare Up Funds

Boo! Halloween night 2008 found two doctors from the OSUCCC-James, Dr. Robert Small and Dr. Ron Harter, along with other members of The Love Handles Band, hosting a costume party for the benefit of Joan’s Fund. After the witches, goblins and ghosts departed, $500 was donated to the Fund. 

Erika Svitak, Event Organizer and Sharon Flannick


A Celebration of Life
Erika McGaughlin Svitak, held a fundraiser in honor of her father, Gerry McGaughlin, who passed away from head and neck cancer twenty years ago. The event raised $8,550 for Joan’s Fund.

In August 2008, one hundred friends and family gathered at the Winking Lizard in Cleveland for the celebration. The evening was a huge success with music, dancing, food, and tables filled with exciting auction items. Joan’s Fund committee members helped keep things running smoothly and shared the importance of Joan’s Fund. Not only did they have a wonderful evening, but guests were pleased to be a part of such a good cause.

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