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, more than 400 Community Partners bring in significant dollars to further research, education and patient care at OSUCCC – James.
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Upcoming Community Partner Events and Corporate Initiatives:
A Christmas to Cure Cancer
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
4850 West Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Benefiting: the A Christmas to Cure Cancer- Heather Pick Music Program Fund
Featuring “Happy Hour” style evening starting at 5pm with auction items and entertainment
Perry High School Cheerleading Pink Out
Massillon High School Stadium
3737 13th St. SW, Massillon, Ohio 44646
Benefiting: the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research
Pink Out football and basketball game, selling t-shirts and collecting donations and $2 from entry fee for basketball cheer clinic going to the Spielman Fund.
Raise a Racket for Cervical Cancer Awareness
Wickertree Tennis Club
5760 Maple Canyon Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229
Benefiting: The Diane Crawford Cervical Cancer Research, Education and Outreach Fund
The 2nd annual tennis event featuring drills with the tennis pros, music, food, drinks, silent and live auction items and raffle.
Thank you to our MANY Community Partners for your past support.
Our Community Partners are vital to our success and help support our mission to create a cancer-free world and we want to thank all of our 2011-2012 community partners for raising nearly $3 million for The OSUCCC-James and the fight against cancer in just the last year alone!
2012-2013 Community Partner Event and Initiative Highlights
The Scooter Scramble held another successful golf outing on Saturday July 20th at the Golf Club of Dublin. The morning storm blew over just before tee off and made for a beautiful day of golf for a great cause. This event was established in 2005 to support Brain Tumor research in memory of Scott Sellers who passed away in 2004.
On August 17, Kirk and Lyndsey Vidra organized the 4th annual War Against Melanoma Golf Outing for the WAM Foundation Fund for Melanoma Research at the OSUCCC – James. The outing was held at Bent Tree Golf Course in Sunbury, Ohio, and was followed by a dinner which raised more than $9,000. An appearance by Brutus the Buckeye entertained kids and adults to get everyone excited about the Buckeyes and pumped about fighting skin cancer! Kirk, a stage-four melanoma survivor said he was incredibly thankful for his care at The James and this event is his small way of giving back. For more information, visit www.thewamfoundation.org.
On August 24, the third annual Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer event raised money for the Roc On! Neuro-Oncology Fund at the OSUCCC – James. The event, held in Dublin, Ohio at the Bogey Inn Bar and Grill to benefit brain cancer research, welcomed 400 guests to a full concert lineup including Grey Matter, JessiJam, Reganomics and Sweet Rock Candy. Event organizer Mary Kay Fenlon’s neuro-oncologist, Herbert Newton, MD, director of the division of neuro-oncology at the OSUCCC - James, performed with his band Grey Matter. “I believe strongly in finding a cure for brain cancer through research,” Fenlon said. “The Rock and Roll Over Brain Cancer event brings survivors, current patients, family members and friends together to listen to great rock and roll music which, for a few hours, heals our hearts.” For more information, email Mary Kay Fenlon at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Faith Thomas Foundation for their inaugural golf outing and dinner on September 7 benefiting the Sickle Cell Transition Program at the OSUCCC – James and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Supporters gathered to raise more than $8,000 for the transition program. For more information on their efforts and next year’s event, visit www.faiththomasfoundation.com.
On September 14, the annual St. Mary’s Tailgate for Cancer raised over $12,000 for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. The three events they’ve held in the past year have raised more than $50,000 for the fund. As always, the event was held in St. Mary’s, Ohio and was filled with food, auction items, Ohio State Alumni cheerleaders and lots of buckeye fans brought together to cheer the OSU Football team to victory over California. Mark your calendars for the 2014 tailgate on Sept. 20! For more Information, visit www.tailgateforcancer.com.
The Steps for Sarcoma event held on September 15, 2013 supports sarcoma research at The James and was once again a success this year. The event was held at the Wendy’s Corporate Office in Dublin and registered participants, volunteers and staff totaled over 900 people. Total profits this year have more than doubled from past years and raised $93,000 to date for sarcoma research! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 3rd annual Runway to Awearness fashion show, sponsored by Leal Boutique in Upper Arlington, was held on September 20. The show has raised over $100,000 in just three years to support the Patricia D. Dinunzio Ovarian Cancer Endowment fund at the OSUCCC – James. Boutique owner Connie Ballenger started this event after DiNunzio was diagnosed in order to raise money bags given to gynecologic cancer patients that include items to help them tolerate their chemotherapy treatments including lip balm, nausea medicine, diet and exercise tips and information about wigs and head wraps. All the models in the show are ovarian cancer survivors or those have been touched by ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.patdinunzio.org.
The 7th Annual Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show was held September 20-22. And what a show it was! Stalls, entries, and donations all broke records again this year. When auctioneer Dan Westlake dropped the gavel the final time at the live auction, the auction total was $5,015.00- Almost double the figure for 2012. In total the 2013 event raised $65,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Patient Assistance at the OSUCCC – James, bringing the seven year total to $222,500.
On September 27, the Clunger Beats 5000 event raised $17,000 for the Cory Lunger Cancer Research Memorial Fund at the OSUCCC – James. The event was held on Ohio State’s campus and was the first 5K event in honor of Corey Lunger. There were 450 participants and organizers shared that the highlight of the event was the involvement of Honda R&D, where Cory was employed before passing away from adult lymphoblastic leukemia. More than 150 of Honda’s employees participated in race. For more information, visit www.clungerbeats5000.com.
More than 700 participants gathered in historic downtown Canal Winchester to support the fight against breastcancer at the 2nd annual Courage, Conquer and Cure 5K on October 5. Maddie Spielman, along with Tracy Townsend and the mayor of Canal Winchester addressed the crowd of runners and supporters. More than $40,000 has been raised for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research during the last two years through this inspiring event!
The Tiffin, Ohio community rallied together to spread awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Pink Heal Fire Trucks were on display, and a Charity Dinner hosting 130 guests was held in the evening, put on by the Tiffin Fire Department to support Seneca County F.A.C.T. as well as the Spielman Fund.
August 18, 2013-Brent Porteus started the Cultivation for a Cure event at Leed’s Farm as a way to honor his wife, Debra’s, legacy. Debra passed away after fighting breast cancer under the care of Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy. Brent was so pleased with the care that Dr. Ramaswamy and her nurse practitioner, Julia Garrett, provided that he wanted to find a way to not only honor Debra and the team who cared for her, but to also bring together the agricultural community. So far the annual event has raised over $70,000 to benefit the research of Dr. Ramaswamy as well as two other agriculturally based funds at Ohio State. The Lee Discretionary Fund helps fund research on cancer prevention through food and nutrition and the Cooperatives for a Cure Fund supports a collaborative effort between The James and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to identity dietary and nutritional links to cancer treatment and prevention.
The 7th Annual FORE cancer Research Pro-Am golf outing has raised over $100,000 to support cancer research initiatives by Dr. Michael Caligiuri, M.D. Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center CEO, James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. Each year the group funds a specific cancer project and in seven years has funded projects on skin cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer and this year sarcoma. “The money goes right into the hands of the researchers-from the donors to the lab,” Mark Thomas, tournament chairman said. Jim Zink, Director of FORE cancer research said that because everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, the support of friends, families and sponsors through the years has been inspiring.
Olivia Barr, 11, has a goal to kick colon cancer and so far this year the organization she started, Kids involved in Cancer Research, has raised $8,300 for the cause. In just three years KICR has raised $20,000 for colon cancer research supported by Dr. Tanios Saab at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. On June 17, 2013 the second annual KICR Walk was held at Jackson High School in Massillion, Ohio. Olivia started KICR after her mother passed away of colon cancer. She believes it’s important for kids to feel that they can make an impact by participating in this event. “This was the best walk ever! It was a lot of fun even though we got really wet from the rain! I can’t believe we have raised over $20,000 since we started. Maybe someone will be cured,” she said.
The first annual Turtles Fore Spielman golf outing was held July 27, 2013 at the Little Turtle Golf Club and raised $45,795 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The event hosted 152 golfers and sold out three weeks prior to the event date. Chris Spielman spoke to the crowd before the dinner portion of the event, which was a great end to a day of golf. One participating family set up a lemonade stand on the 6th hole during the tournament and gave $202 toward the cause. The Little Turtle Poker Group raised $10,700 of the total donation and are already enthusiastically raising money for next year’s event.
August 15, 2013 - Thank you to all the All Ohio Balloon Festival Tethered Balloon Rides raised $5,000 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. From August 15 through August 17 hot air balloon rides at Union County Airport in Marysville, Ohio were sold for $20-$25 a person and donated to the Spielman Fund. “We chose the Spielman Fund because everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with cancer,” Event organizer Marie Woodford said. “Marysville is a community of caring people who try to give of their time, money and resources—This event was a success."