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May 29, 7 - 8 p.m. ET: Country music singer Andy Velo to perform benefit concert for ACS

We are excited to share that this Friday, May 29, country music star Andy Velo will be performing a live virtual concert on his Andy Velo Facebook page. 100% of proceeds will benefit ACS.

The Facebook live event will take place from 7-8 p.m. ET.  Thirty minutes before the show, visit Mysetmusic.com to request your favorites. The portal will be live at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Spread the word among all the country music fans you know #StillAttackingCancer #AndyVelo

Find more details here.


  • Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Virtual Gala raises $430,000

    Kudos to the North Region!

    Congratulations to the North Region and the Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin team on their successful virtual Gala on May 20!

    The collaborative team of AJ Prathivadi, senior development manager;  Amy Rohrer, senior director, Distinguished Events; Colleen McDonald, director, Communications; and the Board of Ambassadors, led by Chair Matt Uselman, worked together to orchestrate an impactful, entertaining and mission-focused program that was watched on nearly 400 unique computers/devices!  

    The 45-minute virtual event featured past keynote speakers,including NCAA Men’s Basketball coaches Jim Calhoun, Jim Boeheim, and Tubby Smith, as well as sportscasters Tim Brando, Andy Katz, Shelly Smith, and many more!

    You can watch it here. Please note that the first 30 minutes is pre-show messages & sponsor recognition; the actual show starts at the 34-minute mark).

    The honoree this year was Madison native Jim Lemon, a former professional golfer and father of a 1-year-old, who is courageously battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

    The event also recognized Coach Bo Ryan (pictured above) and his wife, Kelly, for reaching $1 million in lifetime giving to the American Cancer Society. He is the first and only coach in the country to reach that mark. Ryan is a retired University of Wisconsin men's basketball coach. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

    In total, the gala raised just over $430,000 through sponsorship, auctions, and an adjusted-for-virtual-experience paddle raise (via the GiveSmart platform).  




  • Update on #GivingTuesdayNow

    ​Donations exceeded $771,000!

    #GivingTuesdayNow – which took place on May 5 – was launched as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. 

    Thanks to the support of our volunteers, staff, partners, and anonymous matching gift donors, ACS raised more than $771,000 on #GivingTuesdayNow! 

    It was also a successful day for ACS CAN, which attracted more than 200 donors and raised over $23,000.

    Thank you!

  • Attention LEGO lovers! Registration deadline is May 22

    ​This one is perfect for kids stuck at home or families looking for a meaningful community service project

    Our colleagues in Vermont, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are hosting a Brick Masters For A Cure Event from May 22 - June 4.

    Competitors - and most of ours at the moment are elementary school-age kids - will have eight days to build, complete, and photograph their creation. Video might be necessary if there are moving parts.

    Creations will be judged on creativity and relationship to the theme, which will be shared with registered participants who raise a minimum of $100 by 11:59 p.m. on May 22. Winners will be announced on June 4 - and prizes will be awarded!

    Details on this challenge, that turns play into a cancer-fighting activity, can be found on its website. There are age categories, from pre-K to family projects for all ages to masters. The master level entry must incorporate motors, advanced parts, or power systems

    It costs $10 to register, and participants are expected to make use of our fundraising app to raise funds for our mission.

    If any of our Relay or Making Strides participants register, the money they raise will be credited to their participant goal for their respective event. 

    Brick Masters for a Cure is the brainchild of Hilary Casillas, senior manager, community development, in Vermont.

    "We have bins of LEGO bricks in the basement from my son's LEGO days, and so do many of my friends," she said. "The show LEGOMasters is really popular, so I pitched the idea."

    Once approved, Hilary said "we recruited a focus group of high school Relayers and two First LEGO coaches from Rutland, VT, to advise on how to structure the competition. I was expecting to attract more STEM/Robotics club students, but most of our participants are elementary age children." 

    There are no geographic boundaries to this event - one of the benefits of going virtual. In fact, there is one contestant from Oregon, and another from Virginia.

    Help spread the word by sharing its Facebook page and website with everyone you know who might be interested. This is the perfect time for a virtual community service project!


  • MAY 21: You are invited to our first-ever virtual Discovery Ball

    ​Chicago’s top-rated fundraiser and premier gala expands to global audience; register now for the May 21 event

    Powerhouse tech companies Salesforce, a customer relationship management solution we know well, and G2, the world’s leading business software and review platform, are joining forces as sponsors of our 2020 Discovery Ball

    In a bold first, this year’s Discovery Ball - happening this Thursday evening - will not only be experienced virtually, but is inviting participants across the country and around the world to attend. 

    Registration is free. Please visit the event's website to secure your place. The pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET; the main event at 8 p.m. ET.  

    Watch this promotional video.

    Organizers have planned an evening full of speakers and entertainment, including comedian Adam Cayton-Holland; a virtual cocktail-making session; a participatory social media experience; an appearance by our CEO Gary Reedy; and a message from Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot. It will be hosted by NBC5’s Chicago Today hosts, Matthew Rodrigues and Cortney Hall. 

    We will be spotlighting community partner Tempus and its CEO, Eric Lefkosky, whose company develops data-driven precision medicine.

    Godard Abel, CEO of G2, along with his 2020 Discovery Ball co-chair Tyler Prince, executive vice president, Salesforce, are excited about the new possibilities. 

    "We’re really excited about how things have come together, especially amid these challenging times,” said Abel. “The Discovery Ball is an incredible opportunity for the business community to bring the American Cancer Society mission to their work through a virtual experience. Unfortunately, cancer touches everyone of us in some way, and working with the Society is one way our organizations are making an impact on the fight.”

    Each year, more than 800 guests attend the Discovery Ball. This year, its 14th anniversary, the theme is “Be Bold and Rise Up.” Since its inception, the gala has raised more than $36 million.

    “No doubt the event will feel differently to some this year,” said Gary. “But even though we are apart, we still stand together, knowing one thing hasn’t changed. We will still continue to be relentless in our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Now is the time for us to double down and not let up.”



  • Don't miss the Discovery Shop online jewelry sale

    ​This first-ever online jewelry event takes place this Friday, May 22

    Hundreds of beautiful jewelry items have generously been donated and will be offered for sale at unbelievable prices at the Discovery Shop Online Jewelry Event, “Give Back, Shine Bright.”  

    Mark your calendar for Friday, May 22, at 1 p.m. ET, and join us on eBay to see what you’ll Discover!

    Most items will have Buy It Now, or fixed, pricing. So, when you see it, and really, really want it, buy it!

    We thank our jewelry donors (staff, volunteers, and store customers), and congratulate Discovery Shop staff for developing creative ways to raise critical funds while our physical stores are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. 

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala goes virtual

    Our Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala welcomes everyone everywhere this year!

    It is expected to draw more than 700 prominent individuals from Wisconsin’s business and philanthropic community and will feature live and silent auctions, honorary tributes, an extraordinary strolling dinner, and special keynote speaker, retired BYU coach and 10+ pancreatic cancer survivor, Dave Rose. 

    Register here for the auction. You will receive a text upon registration. It is recommended that you watch the gala program from your computer, and the auction from a separate device. 

    The silent auction and premier auction will close at 10 p.m. ET on May 20.

    Additional details can be found on the event website.

    Over the past 12 years, this event has raised more than $7.7 million and remains the largest Coaches vs. Cancer program in the country.

  • Quarantunes raises more than $79,000 to benefit our Hope Lodge COVID-19 Response Fund

    CEO Gary Reedy was invited by Emmy Award winner Richard Weitz and his daughter, Demi, to a unique virtual concert and chat series called #Quarantunes. 

    Richard, a Hollywood agent, began with an idea to make his daughter’s 17th birthday special amid the pandemic by getting some celebrity friends to sing to her. The idea quickly grew and morphed into a fundraiser for those in need during COVID-19. In the six weeks since its start, these Friday evening, invitation-only events have raised more than $2 million for charities.

    Last Friday’s Quarantunes performance (May 8) raised $375,000 for the American Cancer Society, CDC Foundation, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with about $79,000 coming to the ACS for our Hope Lodge COVID-19 Response Fund.

    Part of the intrigue is the small guest list and the surprise nature of the artists. Last Friday’s performers included Luke Bryant, Shawn Colvin, Jeffrey Osborne, One Republic, Rita Wilson, and Darius Rucker, among others. Commentary about the songs from artists, songwriters, and legends like Clive Davis added to the appeal. 

    It was newly appointed Tennessee Area Board member, Dan Weisman, a former executive artist manager and friend of Richard Weitz, who brought the Tennessee Hope Lodge to Richard’s attention and suggested he include ACS in the event. 

    Dan spent over a decade as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor in the music industry, moving to Nashville in 2016 to open a Roc Nation office in Music City.  In 2019, he was recruited as the first hire in AllianceBernstein’s newest private wealth office in their new global headquarters in Nashville. Since then he has hit his stride philanthropically. 

    Dan said, “Time is our most valuable asset, and as I’ve grown and matured, I have tried to be more intentional as to what causes I dedicate my time. My grandmother, uncle, and wife have all been affected by cancer, and I’ve lost friends to cancer, so when asked if I wanted to get involved, it seemed like the right time. Bringing my relationships from the entertainment business to help ACS, specifically in Nashville, is the least I can do.”

    Read more here.

  • Watch: Relay Hall of Famer Jeff Ross shares an inspiring message

    With more than 75% (more than 1,600) of our 2020 Relay events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff Ross, Relay Hall of Famer, now more than ever, wants to share his passion for the American Cancer Society’s mission.

    In this video, Jeff offers a sincere thank you, encourages us to keep fighting for those impacted by cancer, and shares his reasons for continuing to raise funds for our mission.

    “In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we have to move forward. It is okay for us to fundraise,” said Jeff. “Our response during this must be that we can’t stop!”

    This is a challenging time for everyone, both professionally and personally. But cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither can we.

    This video and other inspiring messages and fundraising ideas can be found in the new fundraising rally content now on Brand Toolkit

    Jeff’s message is one of inspiration and permission to keep fighting for a world without cancer. Watch now!


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