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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).  




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