ANNUAL DONATION TO RILEY CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
In late December 2021, we handed a check to Liz Elkas, President of Riley Children’s Foundation, for $300,000! This donation will go towards the newly established $1.5 million gift to the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This endowed fund will be used to research all types of childhood cancers, which is essential since cancer remains the #1 cause of death by disease for kids in America.
We are continuing to support Dr. Jamie Renbarger, as our Endowed Chair and her Precision Genomics Program at Riley Children’s Health. We know how important this Non-Central Nervous System Solid Tumor program is and the cutting-edge genome-based research
Dr. Renbarger and her team are doing.
To date, the combined total donation we have given towards our two endowed funds is: $4,135,238!
And it is all because of you; our donors and our corporate partners.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
FESTIVAL OF TREES
TEENS, TINSEL & TOMORROW’S RESEARCH
One of 75 elaborately decorated trees that filled the Eugene and Marilyn Glick
Indiana History Center from November 12 – January 8, our Endowment tree was
prominently displayed in the Eli Lilly Hall.
Being the only white tree, and the only tree with pink lights, it couldn’t be missed!
And it wasn’t missed – it was popular!
After over 24,000 people voted for their favorite tree,
it was announced on January 15th that ours came in THIRD!
This year, our tree was under the auspice of our Teen Board Members who have been tirelessly raising money for the Endowment through their fundraising campaigns!
Since June of 2021, they have raised over $38,000!
TEEN BOARD APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-2023
This May, twelve of our teen board members will be graduating, leaving nine ‘veterans’.
Do you know a high-schooler who is passionate, motivated, energetic and creative?
Someone who loves fundraising for a cause they support?
If you do, send them our way!
Applications to apply and be considered a member of our Teen Board 2022-2023 are now open! It will close at midnight on Monday, February 28th. Applications can be found here.
THANK YOU TO
GAYS HOPS-N-SCHNAPPS FOR YOUR
END-OF-YEAR DONATION of $25,000!
L to R: Judy Bohland, Christy Puls and Sheri Bowden
Every year, during the months of November and December, employees of the 5 Indiana locations of Gays Hops-N-Schnapps (Angola (2), Fremont, Lagrange and Auburn) requested small donations for the Endowment while customers were checking out. A cocktail class was also organized and all proceeds went to the Endowment.
The season of giving by the patrons of Gays Hops-N-Scnapps was truly amazing
as we were given a check for $25,000!
Thank you Judy, Sheri and Christy for working so hard for us every year!
Where Rainbows Never Die
A long time donor to the endowment, Dr. Ryan Deweese had his first book published, Where Rainbows Never Die on October 28, 2021. Taking four years to write, his book is receiving glowing reviews.
The story is of Dr. Beck befriending 9-year-old cancer patient Emily and her guardian Tiffany during Emily’s treatment. Having exhausted chemotherapy treatments, it soon becomes apparent that Emily’s only remaining treatment option is an expensive experimental medication. With no other way to raise the funds, the trio decide to embark on an epic journey to find hidden treasure to save Emily’s life. Their ensuing adventure prompts Dr. Beck to seek the help of his companions to overcome his inner demons, and the bond between the three grows even deeper. Where Rainbows Never Die juxtaposes a fantastical adventure with the very real physical and emotional struggles of the characters to blend both comedy and tragedy into eventual hope.
With over 16 years of experience as a physician, Ryan seeks to give a voice to the emotional roller coaster that goes along with chronic illness for doctors, patients, caretakers and alike. He also knows firsthand the bond that can be forged between doctors, patients and caregivers, especially when any choice made can be the difference between life and death. He lives in Indiana with his wife and two children, and he continues to practice hospital-based medicine.
Half of the money raised from the sale of Where Rainbows Never Die will be donated toward pediatric cancer research through
the Caroline Symmes Children’s Cancer Endowment!
Buy Ryan’s book here and support the endowment.
PARTNERSHIP WITH DORMIE NETWORK PHILANTHROPY!
Thanks to Ryan Dewesse for making the introduction, we are excited to announce
that we will be offering two AMAZING golf packages in our auction this Fall.
One Year Membership Donation
Membership Donation package valued at $30,000.
Winning bidder for the Membership Donation will enjoy one (1) year of membership benefits from time of activation with all 6 clubs.
Membership Donation package includes all golf associated costs; green fees, carts, driving range and locker rooms.
The winning bidder is responsible for travel, accommodations (on-site lodging) and any food/beverage. Bidder must not live or own a vacation residence within 75 miles of any Dormie Network property.
The Membership Donation package minimum bid is $10,000.
Stay and Play Package
Stay and Play Package valued at $3,800.
The Stay and Play Package grants access to any of five (5) Dormie Network clubs which include:
ArborLinks (Nebraska City, Nebraska)
Ballyhack (Roanoke, Virginia)
Briggs Ranch (San Antonio, Texas)
Victoria National (Evansville, Indiana)
Hidden Creek (Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey)
Winning bidder receives unlimited golf for up to four (4) people for two (2) days and one (1) night standard cottage accommodation at the Club selected.
The winning bidder and guests are responsible for travel, all food/beverage, required use of caddie or forecaddie.
The Stay and Play Package minimum bid is $2,000.
Each year less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers.
That is why it is our mission to raise money to fund research for all pediatric cancers.
If you are able to, please consider starting this new year with making a donation.
You are helping us make a difference!