The 5th Annual Gem City Jam and Hoopla golf outing was nothing short of a success, raising $120,496.58 to fund the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment and to buy specialized medical equipment at Dayton Children’s. The golf outing was hosted by TWIGs, Terrific Women in Giving, an auxiliary group of Dayton Children’s, and included 196 golfers and 300 guests for dinner. Attendees enjoyed a fantastic day of golf, met many of the current and past ambassadors for Dayton Children’s, bid on artwork designed by 16-year old cancer patient, Cody Stonerock, and heard an update on this year’s college basketball programs at Wright State University and the University of Dayton.
“Dayton Children’s is so valuable to the health and well-being of our community’s children and we support raising funds to purchase the latest technology and equipment for the hematology/oncology department at Dayton Children’s Comprehensive Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder,” says Larry Klaben, president of Morris Furniture Co., a sponsor of the event.
The TWIG Auxiliary has pledged $500,000 over three years to provide funding toward the Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Endowment. This endowment was created to enhance an already family-focused cancer care program that will connect patients and families with multiple resources dealing with care, treatment, education, and support groups. Additionally, annual interest generated by the endowment will fund a social work position and a child life specialist position specifically assigned to the cancer program and hematology/oncology patients.
The TWIGs are diverse individuals committed to providing support for a wide range of services at Dayton Children’s. There are over 350 members participating in over 20 TWIG branches throughout the Miami Valley through various fundraising projects including auctions, luncheons, fashion shows and sales of specialty items. Since their establishment, TWIGs have donated over $8 million to The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton.
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