Former and current NFL players, ESPN anchor bring star power to 2 golf tournaments for neuroblastoma
Get in the swing of spring at two great tournaments that raise funds to fight neuroblastoma.
"The families and friends who organize these events have suffered heartbreaking losses and yet continue to dedicate time, energy and compassion into saving the lives of other children," said Patricia Tallungan, founder of the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (www.cncfhope.org
"We encourage everyone to supports these events and these families, while celebrating the joys of life."
9th Annual Allie & Friends Golf Classic
May 6, 9th Annual Allie &Friends Golf Classic ▪ Lake in the Hills, Ill
NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and former Chicago Bear Glen Kozlowski join former Indianapolis Colt Ryan Diem in support of the Allie & Friends Golf Classic May 6 at Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills, Ill.
The golf tournament, now in its 9th year, has raised nearly $1 million for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (cncfhope.org) over the past eight years. Allie & Friends was founded in 2005 by Scott and Kristin Jewson after they learned Allie, the 2-year-old daughter of friends Brian and Keri Neff, had been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma. Allie lost her battle in 2006.
"Allie & Friends continues on in her memory and helps us continue to fight for all the other children and families living with cancer," Kristin Jewson says. "That is why we do what we can."
By enjoying a round of golf with friends ($250 for a single; $1,000 for a foursome), or a night of comedy ($50) in conjunction with it, you can help fight this pediatric cancer. Shotgun start is at 9 a.m. A silent auction, dinner and awards follow the golf tournament. The Cup for a Cure trophy is awarded to the top foursome, who also will be presented with matching pink jackets that are sure to turn heads.
Not a golfer? In addition to having some laughs at the comedy show, there are many ways to support Ryan Diem's Allie & Friends Golf Classic in 2013 through sponsorship, donor and volunteer opportunities.
"Tackle neuroblastoma and find a cure so we can bring happy and pain-free days to the children and families affected by cancer," Diem says. "Let's raise awareness and win the battle."
For more information on the tournament, visit www.allieandfriends.org
or call 847-754-5298.
7th Annual Amazing Grace Golf Classic
May 20, 7th Annual Amazing Grace Golf Classic ▪ Hockley, Texas
Green Bay Packer Ryan Pickett and ESPN anchor Linda Cohn bring star power to the 7th annual Amazing Grace Golf Classic on May 20 at the Houston Oaks Country Club and Family Sports Retreat in Hockley, Texas.
Offering a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family, the event was started by Rebecca and Scott Scasny in memory of their daughter, Grace Ashley Scasny. The spitfire of a toddler was diagnosed with a tumor in her abdomen on her father's birthday in January 2006. A surgeon removed 95 percent of the tumor, but the cancer returned and spread swiftly.
Though Grace passed away at age 2 in October 2006, the Scasny's remain committed to the neuroblastoma fight. By the end of this year's golf tournament, Scott Scasny hopes Amazing Grace will surpass the $250,000 mark in funds raised for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation.
"This is going to be our best year ever," he said. "We have more corporate sponsors coming in than ever before. Linda and Ryan are drawing people. The research and awareness of neuroblastoma must continue."
Amazing Grace player packages, including a welcome gift and dinner, start at $225 for a single and $450 for a twosome on up to $7,500 for two foursomes as a presenting sponsor. Tee-off starts at 1 p.m. Attendees who don't golf will have access to a pool, picnic area, paddleboats, kayaking and canoes, fishing, horseshoe, bocce ball, and grass or sand volleyball.
Golfer Roger Caldwell will add entertainment value by executing trick shots. Prizes include a shot at Callaway golf gloves and balls, golf shirts and more.
"It's amazing what Scott has done," CNCF founder Pat Tallungan said. "He lost his daughter but he has worked so hard, largely on his own, to get this tournament to this point. Whatever we can do to help him, I want to go all out."
Opportunities to support his efforts abound and include non-player packages that start at $500 for tee box sponsors.
For more details, see www.AmazingGraceGolfClassic.com
or email Sscasny@ticenergy.com