2021 Greater Bucky Open Impact
Thanks to your tremendous support the Greater Bucky Open had its most successful year and exceeded our $50,000 goal! We will be making a donation of $67,374 to support innovative pediatric cancer research (61%), patient and family support food program (32%), and Bucky Badger student mascot scholarship program (7%). In addition, a large portion of our donation was eligible for matching dollars bringing our 2021 impact to $112,374.
This year our registration fees covered all expenses once again, so every donation made was passed through to have a direct benefit to the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). In total, together we have raised $585,645. Thank you!
If you’d like to contribute to our efforts and support the below impact areas, please consider a gift here:
Pediatric Cancer Research: Our GBO friend, Dr. Christian Capitini continues to advance innovative pediatric cancer research. Dr. Capitini is one of the original members of the national pediatric cancer Dream Team and more recently the co-leader of the developmental therapeutics program. Dr. Capitini and his team are developing an anti-cancer therapy called CAR T, which involves genetically engineering your body’s killer cells to fight cancer.
The GBO is helping fund critical technology needed to transform new types of CAR T from the laboratory to clinical trials for both children and young adults with cancer. With the GBO support, AFCH plans to become a destination center for children needing CAR T.
Patient and Family Support Program: Since the beginning, GBO funds have always provided family meals at the children’s hospital. Because of the new pandemic protocols, instead of offering the meals for pick up in the lobby, the meals are now delivered directly to the patient’s rooms which makes this program even more accessible for parents. For example, if a child is in a procedure or physical therapy, parents will not have to worry about missing the meal window in the lobby because the meals will be waiting for them in their child’s room. Our 2021 GBO support covered lunches 5 days a week for parents and siblings for 3 months!
In addition, our GBO toy drive provided smiles to patients. Although we were not able to host the Greater Bucky Open Family Fun Fest onsite, the hospital’s Child Life team sent us a picture of our 2021 toy delivery with this message: We truly appreciate your continued support and generosity throughout the years to be able to help put our much-needed items into patient/family's hands. pdf thank you link
Bucky Badger Student Mascot Scholarship Program: As a former Bucky Badger student mascot, loyalty to the #1 mascot in the world is strong and the need for funding is known first-hand. To show our collective appreciation of Bucky, a small portion of the GBO funds raised provides a modest scholarship for the student mascots and will be credited at the bursar’s office for their 2nd semester tuition bill. On, Wisconsin!
Check out this amazing thank you note from Bucky mascot Alex Nelson, pdf thank you link (https://www.greaterbuckyopen.com/uploads/1/3/6/7/136727184/alex_nelson_letter_2020.pdf)
If you’d like to contribute to our efforts and support the above impact areas, please consider a gift here:
SAVE THE DATE, September 30, 2022
The 26th Annual Greater Bucky Open will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022 (Wisconsin vs Illinois football weekend)
Greater Bucky Open
Announcing 2021 Celebrity Starter
President, CBS Entertainment We are honored to welcome Kelly Kahl as our Celebrity Starter at the 25th Annual Greater Bucky Open. Kelly is a proud Badger alumnus that epitomizes ‘The Wisconsin Idea’ and is continually giving back to the University since graduating with a B.A., Communications in 1989.
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Some of his ongoing Badger interests and accolades include:
Thankful for all of our GBO Celebrity Starters:
Happy to share we are confirmed for Friday, October 1, 2021 at Blackhawk Country Club. Special shout out to Head Pro Matt Hartmann for being an amazing partner and excited to host an amazing 25th Year event at BCC. "And I never slice."
Big congrats to our 2020 Champs Jay Bruner, Stacy Bruner, Dan Kramer, and Brandon Cloete on shooting -16 and winning the title. Also congrats to Ryan Ranguette, Brian Flad, Tim Corcoroan, Danny Nicholas, Ken Michaud, Joel Seddon and Joe Hildebrandt for winning hole contests.
Join Bucky and the GBO extended family for a fun hour with Badger friends. Hear from our 'Celebrity Starter' Al Toon plus get updates from Deputy Athletic Director Chris McIntosh and Dr. Christian Capitini. Enjoy a beverage and cheers along with our celebrity bartenders as we celebrate all things Bucky and AmFam Children's Hospital.
Huge Bucky love goes out to the entire American Family team for bumping up their sponsorship to the $5,000 Bucky Club level! American Family's generosity continues with their wonderful volunteers, toy drive, golfers, and many employees who attend the Madison County concert where AmFam's CFO Dan Kelly serves delicious drinks a celebrity bartender.
Cheers to all and thank you AmFam.
Big shout out to Pete Marino and his team at MillerCoors for hopping on board this year and generously sponsoring at the Red & White $2500 level. Bucky Loves You. Thank you.
Updated: Jul 2, 2019
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This is setting up to be another amazing year for the GBO. Our 23rd annual golf outing will be at the University Ridge on Friday, September 20th (Michigan football weekend). Our Family Funfest with Bucky will be at the Children's hospital on Thursday along with a couple more events to announce in the near future. Cheers and thank you for the support. ON WI!