Beyond the Foundation’s own fundraising efforts, 2015 saw the larger Rolfe community make an extraordinary show of its dedication to early detection research.
Local Chicago business including Lou Malnati’s, Pure Barre, Enrgi Fitness, Irish Eyes and Marquette Bank all hosted events or led fundraising drives on behalf of the Rolfe Foundation, while more corporate partners, including Diageo, Lagunitas Brewing, Rockit Ranch Productions, and Empirical Brewery, donated services or products, and helped ensure the success of Foundation-organized functions.
Young people also made significant gifts to Rolfe in 2015. In January, the Foundation saw the culmination of a massive student-led charity drive at Deerfield High School, the 2014 School Chest. Foundation supporters watched with awe and admiration as the Deerfield Warriors raised $142,000 on behalf of Rolfe – the highest total ever in the decades-long history of the school’s giving program. Bookending the year was the Mitzah of thirteen-year-old Northbrook resident Charlie Chemers, who took inspiration from DASH for Detection, and in November organized his own walk/run, raising nearly $3,000 in honor of his grandfather, Gary Schwartz.
Community endeavors like these, no matter their size, become intimidate, powerful platforms that not only raise money, but also, just as critically, awareness of pancreatic cancer. No matter how many donations a group collects – be it $100 or $1,000,000 – the contributions add up, and every dollar pushes us closer to a cure.