Examples of Community Support
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising!
An increasingly popular way to support Waterford Place is by organizing a fundraiser, often held during October in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some recent examples of creative ways our supporters have harnessed the energy and generosity of their friends, family, group members or the general public.
Rush Copley Healthplex sponsored a Zumba fundraiser in October. More than 50 people donated in order to attend a zumba class dressed in 1980s style costumes. Zumba is a fun, high-energy aerobic fitness routine performed to Latin American Dance Music. After participants’ sweat dried and donations were counted, a total of $380 was raised for programs at Waterford Place.
The Geneva store of the Olive Mill, which sells fine olive oils and vinegars, committed to donating 10% of its sales to Waterford Place during the month of October, as well as a matching company donation. A family member of the store’s owner, Debbie Torrez, is a radiation oncology nurse at Rush Copley. Debbie wanted to promote the benefits of olive oil in fighting cancer, while also supporting programs that benefit cancer patients. A total of $250 was raised.
A group of DePaul University MBA students, led by Doug Villacreses, held a fundraiser called “Support the Cure” on October 23, 2015 at the James Joyce Pub in Berwyn. The group, called “An Answer to Cancer” raised $850, through a $30 admission price, donations and the sale of raffle tickets. The admission price included unlimited drinks, free appetizers and one raffle ticket. The group got the appetizers and raffle prizes donated, so their expenses for this event were kept very low.
The North Aurora Fire Department designed and sold t-shirts to benefit Waterford Place in October and November, 2015. A family member of one of the firefighters works in Rush Copley’s Cancer Care Center. The shirts were sold for $15 (short-sleeved) and $20 (long-sleeved) to …, raising a total of $1000.
A day-long fundraising event was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the Aurora Amvets Post 103. The event included numerous raffles, music, a barbecue lunch, a steak dinner, and a Bean Bag Tournament. This annual charity event, initially organized by members of the now-disbanded Aurora chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, was the 10th annual, and raised $2,900. The group has raised more than $25,000 for cancer care at Rush Copley over the last 10 years!
Swann Family and Friends Golf Outing
This past year marked the 12th Anniversary of the James M. Swann Memorial Golf Tournament. Organized by brothers Richard, Kevin and Jim Swann, (and worked on by the entire family) this fundraising event drew more than 130 friends and family this year and raised more than $7,000 for the forthcoming Waterford Place. The generous work of this family has resulted in more than $32,000 in support of cancer care services at Rush Copley over the years.