ChadTough Foundation Hosts Champions for Change Gala May 13

 04/09/2017 - 22:48
The ChadTough Foundation announces the inaugural “Champions for Change Gala” to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Al Glick Field House, 1300 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI. The gala will become the Foundation’s signature annual event. This year, Sarah and Jim Harbaugh have volunteered to co-chair the event.

The ChadTough Foundation announces the inaugural “Champions for Change Gala” to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Al Glick Field House, 1300 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI. The gala will become the Foundation’s signature annual event. This year, Sarah and Jim Harbaugh have volunteered to co-chair the event.

“Sarah and Jim have been amazing for our foundation,” said Tammi Carr. “They are so busy with family and football, yet have been generous with their time and truly care about this cause. We’re thrilled to have them co-chair the event and know it will add something special.”

The Champions for Change Gala will feature:

  • An online silent auction, open for public participation
  • A LIVE auction
  • A short program
  • A “football toss,” which is a local fundraising favorite at the University of Michigan

Special guests include Director of the National Institute for Health, Francis S. Collins M. D., Ph.D., who will deliver a keynote address to the expected crowd of 1000 attendees. Renowned author and Detroit Free Press columnist, Mitch Albom, will receive the first annual ChadTough Spirit Award. Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN will act as emcee.

For those looking to participate in the silent auction, advanced registration is highly recommended to preview items and win bids. Auction items will include autographed sports memorabilia, travel destinations, local sporting events, family fun packages, Mother’s Day surprises, and much more. Registration and updates are available at http://ChadTough.gesture.com.

The Champions for Change Gala is proudly presented by Shinola of Detroit and The Jones Family Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested sponsors should contact The ChadTough Foundation at gala@chadtough.org.

Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the Gala will be granted to Michigan Medicine’s new Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Initiative, formed in Chad Carr’s honor last November. These funds, along with the $1.5 million-dollar grant from the Foundation, will be used to recruit a leading pediatric brain cancer researcher and to fund DIPG research specifically at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.“Half of this money is going directly to the Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Initiative lights an even greater fire in raising as much money as we can,” said Jason Carr. “We can see change happening right in our own backyard, which is truly powerful.”

The mission of The ChadTough Foundation is to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

For more information about the Champions for Change Gala visit, http://chadtough.org/gala or email gala@chadtough.org.

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