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)