2017 Q3 Newsletter

Happy Fall from 1M4A!

2017 is flying by! In this newsletter you will learn about our 6th Annual Celebration Dinner and Golf Tourney, other fun summer events, a new Board member, a new team member, two new Anna’s Closets and more!!

Having your year-round support keeps us focused and humbled. With your help we continue to fight Ewing sarcoma – today, tomorrow, and until it’s gone! 
6th Annual
Celebration Dinner & Golf Tournament

Dallas, Texas

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us recently and supported 1M4A and our mission! We are excited to share that we raised more than $340,000 for the fight against Ewing sarcoma!

The two-day event kicked off with the Celebration Dinner and Auction on Sunday evening, September 24. Jeff “Skin” Wade (co-host of The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 the FAN) joined us for the sixth year as emcee. Our guest speaker, Jillian Williams, shared her "leap through cancer" and how her faith saw her through it all. Dr. Stephen Skapek,  Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, shared a promising update on the work of the Ewing Sarcoma Research Team, funded by 1 Million 4 Anna, at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 
View Jillian's Leap Through Cancer

A highlight of the evening was having 14 Ewing sarcoma warriors and survivors and their families join us. The friendships formed by gathering together are very special. And the auctioneer for the evening, Michael Irwin of Lone Wolf Estates & Auction, is also a Ewing sarcoma survivor!

Monday’s golf outing was fun! A new twist this year due to course development at Gleneagles Country Club – morning and afternoon tee times! Thanks to everyone for your flexibility! We were all able to gather mid-day for lunch, prayer, and the balloon launch.  The morning winning team returned for the playoff against the afternoon winners ~ and after an exciting play-off ~ last year’s winners repeated as champions! Congratulations to John Leinbaugh, James Leinbaugh, Kevin Marino, and Jimmy Marino! 

Special thanks to John Leinbaugh who led the Men’s Golf Committee and to the entire team on the Dinner and Golf Committees: Rob Bodnar, Todd Boeding, Scott Cortez, Rich Goacher, Mark Hall, Rita Angeloni, Diane Bartlett, Carla Lyden, Christel Morrison, Christy Matthews, Gretchen Bowen, Beth Howard, Jeana Long, Julie Webster, Justine Sweeney, Kelly Noonan, Laurie Goacher, Lorraine Vecchiola, Leigh Crain, Linda Waggoner, Lisalynne Quinn, Tina Rankin, Sadie McGoodwin, Taylor Nash, Teresa Lopez, Till Tatum and Joan Nolan 

Thank you to Sweet Pea Images and AR Photography for the pictures of the dinner and golf tournament, which you can view, download and/or purchase.

View 2017 Celebration Dinner & Golf Tournament Photos

And finally, we are sincerely grateful for the incredible support from all of our sponsors: 

 Presenting Sponsor: Systemware, Inc.

BenefitsTexas ~ Dell ~ JLL ~ Lorraine & Craig Vecchiola ~ Masergy Communications ~ Rob & Susie Bodnar ~ Santander Consumer USA ~ Trudy & Bob Wright 

Benchmark Bank ~ Chicago Title ~ CORE5 ~ DFW Improved ~ Duke Realty ~ Grant ThorntonLLP ~ Hamm’s Construction ~ HomeBridge Financial Services ~ LegacyTexas ~ NAI Robert Lynn ~ Shane Leonard – Farmer’s Insurance ~ SIDES Charity ~ The McGraw Team Enterprises ~ Wells Fargo Private Bank ~ Wischmeyer Consulting, LLC 

 And the following families:  

Bauer ~ Charnock ~ Curran ~ Goacher ~ Hill ~ Kalis ~ Kulas ~ Leinbaugh ~ Loughborough ~ Sayers ~ Stark ~ Vivian ~ Waggoner ~ Young 

Thank you to our Marketing & Community Sponsors: 

Southwest Spirits & Wine ~ Academy Mortgage Corporation ~ Ben E. Keith ~ Texas Digestive Disease Consultants ~ Red Capital Group ~ UT Southwestern Medical Center ~ Macgregor Associates Architects ~ NexBelt/Bettinardi ~ Auction Source ~ Propac Agency 

Awareness  >>> Funding >>> Research >>> CURE!
2017 North Texas Giving Day

On September 14, we participated in our second North Texas Giving Day. Powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, #NTxGivingDay is an annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza with the goal to help build awareness and support for North Texas area nonprofits. Of the more than 2,700 participating organizations, 1M4A was one of 371 that secured a matching gift. This means the first $250 donated, was matched bringing our total to $500. Thanks to 91 donors, we raised $13,348 (200% more than in 2016) and crushed our $10,000 goal! We continue to see company-matched donations come in and are already looking forward to participating again in 2018.
2017 Sarcoma Awareness & Childhood Cancer Awareness Months
In honor of Sarcoma Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness month, several facts were shared on our social media channels throughout July and September, respectively. We welcomed 434 new followers over the last quarter – that's 434 new people sharing our mission and determination to eradicate Ewing sarcoma. These facts are often somber and disheartening. Nevertheless, we know raising awareness is aiding us in finding a cure.  

CureFest for Childhood Cancer 2017

1M4A was honored to participate in CureFest for Childhood Cancer again this year! CureFest brings together pediatric cancer advocates, organizations, foundations, oncologists, and Congressional leaders – to unite as ONE VOICE. 1M4A was one of over 80 participating organizations advocating for increased funding for pediatric cancer research. Less than 4% of our national cancer research budget is not enough for all pediatric cancers combined! Carol was joined by 1M4A scholarship recipient, Tony Ostrowski, who drove in from Ohio, and Teresa Lopez, 1M4A volunteer.  Pam Goldminz, 1M4A Board Member, and her family attended, as well.  We enjoyed meeting and spending time with other Ewing sarcoma families. 

Introducing: Lindsay Hendricks
1M4A Administrative Assistant

I am so happy to be a part of the 1M4A team. I am from Arlington, Texas and currently live in Mansfield. I graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. While it is beautiful there, it is too cold for me so I headed back home to Texas after graduation. Upon my return, I utilized my business degree and marketing major while working at Systemware. I worked in several business roles, both in marketing/corporate research and finance, before taking a break to be a mom. I have two precious girls that make me smile every day. I love spending time with them and the rest of my family. I am currently coaching my older daughter’s soccer team and participating in her school’s PTA as a board member. I enjoy reading and doing active things like working out and participating in sports. 1M4A is such an amazing organization, doing so much for so many, and I’m proud to be a part of it.  
Introducing: Laurie Goacher
New 1M4A Board Member

Though not new to volunteering with 1M4A, Laurie has recently joined our Board of Directors. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Florida and a BIG Gator fan! She has served in many volunteer and fundraising capacities, including leading development events for the US Navy support staff (Washington D.C.), Prince of Peace (Plano Texas), John Paul II High School (Plano, Texas) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Dallas, Texas). While serving the American School in London, Laurie worked on an auction that raised more than $1.5 million! She has played an integral role in every 1M4A event the past six years, including serving as Dallas Golf Tourney Co-Chair with her husband, Rich, for three years, and leading our inaugural Atlanta Golf Tourney as Tournament Director in 2017. Laurie is the proud mom of two grown daughters, Lauren and Katie. We are blessed to have Laurie on our Board!   
Fundraising Luncheon in New York
One of our dedicated supporters, Allie Pritti, hosted a fundraising event at her New York home in August. Raising more than $3,500 for 1M4A, Allie felt compelled to share our mission with friends after seeing her dear friend's family battle Ewing sarcoma. That dear friend is our board member, Pam Goldminz and the warrior is past 1M4A VIP, Zach. Thank you, Allie!
Systemware Organizes Blood Drive
Thank you Systemware, Inc. for hosting a Blood Drive in early September. More than 40 people donated blood, many of whom donate regularly in support of 1M4A. We sincerely appreciate your year-round support and thanks to everyone who donated blood and wrote notes to Ella, newly diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.
Successful Kendra Gives Back Event in Plano, Texas
Nearly $900 was donated following our Kendra Gives Back event on August 9! The team at Kendra Scott at The Shops at Legacy went all out for 1M4A and had custom-made cookies from Celebrity Bakery for our guests to enjoy! This was our third Kendra Gives Back event and we are so grateful for their continued kindness and generosity. 
Nine families enjoyed a fun Saturday night at a RoughRiders Game in Frisco, TX on Saturday, August 19.  It was such a privilege to spend time with these survivors, as we are all joined in heart and in all we hope for.  Thank you to the RoughRiders for donating this "suite" experience to 1M4A!!
Thank you very much to Anna Matthews, our fabulous Summer Intern, who led 1M4A's charge of the Camp Esperanza send-off for Children’s Medical Center. Camp Esperanza is a week-long sleep-away camp for current and past oncology patients at CMC. 
Friends and our heroes - 
Sierra, Maddie, Bri, Gina, Staci, Taylor,
Jayden, Dylan and Zachary
Thank you to everyone who joined Anna in a successful morning as the campers waited to board the buses!

Thank you to Dylan and his family for representing 1 Million 4 Anna at the Texas Rangers Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on September 1st!  Way to go Texas Rangers!  Awareness is key!

We have two new Anna’s Closets providing small gifts for teens fighting any cancer at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC and Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, TX.   

~ Once again our friend, Zach Schlapkohl, produced more awesome videos for us – the latest were used for our North Texas Giving Day campaign!  Thank you Zach! (top)

~ Thank you to the Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio employees of RED Capital Group for the awesome donations for Anna’s Closets!  (bottom left)

~ Thank you to the Hodges Family for supporting 1M4A with the September “Gold Yeti Raffle”! We sincerely appreciate your support. (bottom right)

~ Thank you to the Davenport Family and Monteith Ranch in Salado, Texas for hosting a Hog Hunt benefiting 1M4A! 

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