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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Adam Cox’s Birthday Bash

    Have you ever thrown a party, had nearly 200 hundred people show up, and raised $8,000 for charity? If not, and you’re curious about how, take a page out of the book of Adam Cox and his friends. As he was about to turn 30, rather than simply have a party, Cox decided he’d like

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  • Meet Roxanne McGettigan, Our Director of Donor Relations

    Roxanne McGettigan, our new Director of Donor Relations, has been working with non-profits for the last twenty years. After attending Austin College in Sherman, Texas, Roxanne put her education in sociology, psychology, and communication to work for the good of others. When a conversation with a friend introduced her to the work of the Symmes,

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Sophie Cannon’s Mitzvah

    Sophie Cannon just became a teenager. It’s an important time for anyone, one where we first begin to learn who we are and what we value. But in the Jewish faith, it is also an important time where one becomes officially morally responsible for their own actions to their community. For some teens this might

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Peaky Blinders Party Recap

    When Luke Foli, area manager for Proximo Spirits, decided to throw an industry night party, he didn’t need to look much further than Netflix for inspiration. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Foli and friends held a party and casino night at the Vogue Theater on March 19th, all themed around the online series Peaky

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Park Tudor Reads to Fight Cancer

    When Holyn Drook’s Park Tudor fourth grade class went on winter break, one parent volunteered to pay the class a dollar for each book they could read during the two weeks school was out. Holyn and her classmates worked hard and read a total of 93 books, resulting in 93 dollars for the class to

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Will Turner’s West Fork Whiskey Birthday

    Although it wasn’t meant to be a party for him, Will Turner and his wife Emily’s fundraiser for the Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment fell square on Will’s birthday, November 29th. They chose this date because it falls just after Giving Tuesday, a time when they believed people would be more generous. The idea began when

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Bailey Inglis

    Our endowment has grown largely thanks to the support of high schools across Marion and Hamilton Counties here in Central Indiana. Carmel High School annually hosts Runway for Riley, a fashion show whose proceeds support our goal of opening a cutting-edge research center at Riley for orphan pediatric cancers. One Carmel High student, Bailey Inglis,

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: Salesforce and the Par-Tee 2016

    Our annual fundraising concert and party was a huge success last year, thanks to some of the volunteers that came to us from Salesforce’s Indianapolis office. One of the endowment’s board members, Sherri Hutter, works at Salesforce and lives in San Francisco. Sherri knew that we needed volunteers for the Par-Tee in Indianapolis so she

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  • 2nd Kevin Lee Grand Prix Recap

    The second annual Kevin Lee Grand Prix was hosted at Fastimes Karting on April 11, 2017. This event, was started in the memory of Ben Burchard, a 12 year old straight-A student and quarter-midget driver from Brownsburg, IN. When he was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 11, the treatments available to him were the

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  • Volunteer Chronicles: 2017 North Central High School Lip Dub

    The Caroline Symmes Cancer Endowment’s founders, David and Libby Symmes, were absolutely floored when they got the news that North Central High School’s students wanted to make a lip dub video to raise money for the endowment. Little did they know, all this amazing effort would lead to over $20,000 in funds raised and a

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