To give hope and help to people in our community who are battling cancer. We do one thing – raise money to fight cancer. All funds go directly to cancer research. Tailgate for the Cure is an all-volunteer, grassroots 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Since 2008, our tailgate events have raised over $112,000 to fight cancer. We we say “Party for a Cause,” we mean this:


(1) Commemorate friends and family who lost their battle with cancer, but in a fun way, to smile and remember them in the best of times.

(2) Support love-ones who are currently struggling with the disease, remembering that laughter and camaraderie are great medicine.

(3) Lift up relatives and friends who have close-ones stricken by this horrific disease… and who might just need a break.






The Tailgate for the Cure started as a simple idea – to throw a party to celebrate and honor the father of one of our good friends who had just passed away from pancreatic cancer.

John Kaus, Sr. served for years as the Allegheny County fire marshal and was just one of those guys that everyone respected and loved to be around. We got to know him because he was the father of Justine (Kaus) Wallace – who had married one of our buddies – Dave “Howdy” Wallace. (We’re never quite sure how Howdy landed Justine, but that’s beside the point.) John Kaus struggled against pancreatic cancer for 6-7 years until he finally succumbed on September 23rd, 2008.

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.  We got together and decided to host a tailgate to raise money in his name and donate it to Pancreatic Cancer Research Network.

And just like that… TAILGATE FOR THE CURE… was born. We’ve been hosting tailgate fundraisers ever since.


Justine (Kaus) Wallace holding a photo of her Dad, John Kaus Sr.


Close up of photo: John Kaus Sr.