We got together and decided to host a tailgate to raise money in his name and donate it to Pancreatic Cancer Research Network. On November 28, 2008 we held the 1st annual Tailgate for the Cure prior to the Pitt/WVU Back Yard Brawl. We had a surprising turnout and without doing much more than passing the hat, we raised $1,190. Not bad for a party.
2009 (2nd Annual Tailgate for the Cure)
Over the course of 2009, we learned that several friends and family members were stricken with various forms of cancer ranging from melanoma to breast cancer. So, we decided to make our official cause the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. The 2nd Annual Tailgate for the Cure was held the following year when Pitt played Notre Dame on November 14, 2009. We spread the word a bit, got a few more people to attend, and managed to raise $2,225. Our sports affiliation fit well with what the Jimmy V Foundation stands for.
2010 (3rd Annual Tailgate for the Cure)
We got a late start for our 3rd annual event, but actually managed to do more. We asked friends and family to donate items that we could auction-off to raise even a bit more money. The Pitt/WVU Back Yard Brawl fell on November 26, 2010. This time, we raised $3,010 for the Jimmy V Foundation (NOTE: we collected $4,185 – which means we donated 72% of all money collected at the event).
2011 (4th Annual Tailgate for the Cure)
We took it to a whole other level in 2011 - with live music by Shades of June, a bunch of sponsors, a huge auction, and the addition of the Wind-Up-Toy-Race. Over 250 people attended the tailgate. We collected $14,367 via tickets, sponsorships, games, the auction, and other donations.
We were able to donate $10,024 to the Jimmy V Foundation. In addition, we've done some stuff behind the scenes. We built the website and added Twitter, and Facebook to our communication channels. We also incorporated, registered the “Tailgate for the Cure” name and trade-marked the logo.