Tracy’s Kids 2015 Fundraiser

First of all, we would like to say

THANK YOU 

to everyone who came out to support Tracy’s Kids on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 for our 10th Annual “And the Winner Is” event. It was an amazing night spent celebrating Tracy’s Kids on the red carpet and at the movies.

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To everyone who came to the event and donated to support Tracy’s Kids, we sincerely thank you. It is only with your continued support that we are able to do this important work.

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We would also like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping make our ninth annual event such a great success:

  • Carly Glazier Photography
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • NFL Players Association
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • Susan O’Neill and Associates
  • The Studios – 21st Century Fox, Comcast/NBCUniversal, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, IFC, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner, Viacom, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Weinstein Company

This year was a little bit different than most, as we presented three Courage Awards.

First, we presented Congressman Tom Marino (R-10/PA) with the Courage Award. Congressman Marino has battled kidney cancer for over a decade — including having a kidney removed in 2012. He also has a special appreciation for our mission because his daughter has spent a great deal of time in hospitals in connection with her Cystic Fibrosis. He is deeply committed to raising awareness of the path traveled by American families that confront serious pediatric illnesses.

 

Then, we were honored to present Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals with a Courage Award.  The story of Devon and his four year old daughter captivated NFL fans following Leah’s neuroblastoma diagnosis in June.  Interest swelled in late August when the Bengals cut Devon from the 53 team roster but re-signed him to the 10-man practice squad so that he could continue to receive medical benefits.  An opposing coach who had never met Devon — the Saints’ Sean Payton — bought 100 of his jerseys when he learned that the proceeds were being donated to support children with cancer.  Some opponents’ cheerleaders wore Devon’s jerseys during games this season.  To date, jersey sales and Devon’s efforts have raised over $1.3 million in contributions to fight pediatric cancer and raise awareness of the struggles that the disease and its treatment impose on families. We are thrilled that Devon’s daughter Leah is now cancer free!

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Matt Gerson is presented with a surprise Courage Award

Finally, we surprised Tracy’s Kids Chairman and Founder, Matt Gerson, with a Courage Award. Matt is our fearless leader, a constant advocate for this program, and the last person to draw attention to himself for this work. Because of that, Board Member Marcelle Leahy and Event Planner Susan O’Neill conspired to award Matt for his good work – and the perseverance he showed when battling cancer as a child. This program would not be as successful, as far reaching, or as effective without Matts leadership.

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We were honored to have the company of many Members of Congress again this year. Our guests included Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Representative David Cicilline (D-RI-1), Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN-9), Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-21), Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6), Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Mrs. Grassley, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mrs. Marcelle Leahy, Representative Tom Marino (R-PA-10), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA-2), Representative Jerrold Nadler (R-NY-10), Senator Rob Portman (R-PA), Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Representative Greg Walden (R-OR-2).

As a reminder, the 2015 movies that our guests chose from were:

  • American Sniper — Courtesy of Time Warner
  • Birdman — Courtesy of 21st Century Fox
  • Boyhood — Courtesy of IFC 
  • Foxcatcher — Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • The Imitation Game — Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
  • Selma – Courtesy of Viacom
  • The Theory of Everything – Courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal

Once again, we auctioned artwork done by Tracy’s Kids as well as a pieces by Tracy’s Kids friends and fellow artists, Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers. We also auctioned off a guitar signed by Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan; two tickets to watch a live taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; two tickets to watch a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers; a phenomenal package from the Washington Nationals that includes 4 VIP seats, on field passes to watch batting practice, and the chance to call “Play Ball” or deliver the Lineup Card; a set of Nike Vapor Irons, three Nike Golf wedges, and a Nike Golf bag; a foursome to play a round of golf at Creighton Farms; and a raffle for two tickets to see Taylor Swift in Concert at Nationals Park on Monday, July 13.

 

It was another great year of “And the Winner Is” – we look forward to seeing you all next year and celebrating with you then!

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Our 10th Annual Red Carpet Extravaganza Makes the News

Comcast Newsmakers dropped by our 10th Annual Red Carpet Extravaganza Fundraiser to do a profile on Tracy’s Kids. Watch the video to hear from some of our kids and parents, describing how art therapy has helped them through this difficult, frequently scary process.

Other attendees of the event who weighed in on the difference Tracy’s Kids is making include: Congressional Representatives Marsha Blackburn, Jerrold Nadler, and Tom Marino, Senator Rob Portman, Bengals player Devon Still, our founder and chairman Matthew Gerson, and our Program Director Tracy Councill.

The fundraiser was an enormous success, and has helped us continue our mission. Thank you so much to our donors and everyone who attended!

Buy Tickets to the Tracy’s Kids 2015 Event!

Purchase tickets online to the 2015 “And the Winner Is” event on February 11, 2015

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We request $200 per individual ticket – click here for details.

For more information, please call Susan O’Neill and Associates at 301.229.0124 or email tracyskids@oneillevent.com – we hope to see you on the red carpet!

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David Cohen and Matt Gerson are pleased to announce that Tracy’s Kids will be recognizing Congressman Tom Marino with our 2015 Courage Award on February 11, 2015 at our tenth annual “…And the Winner Is…” Tom has battled kidney cancer for over a decade — including having a kidney removed in 2012. He also has a special appreciation for our mission because his daughter has spent a great deal of time in hospitals in connection with her Cystic Fibrosis. He is deeply committed to raising awareness of the path traveled by American families that confront serious pediatric illnesses.

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Above is the invitation to the charity’s unique, movie-themed event where 500 Washingtonians walk the red carpet before eating, drinking and then watching one of the six nominated and award-winning films that we will screen right in the heart of Hollywood’s award season. We are honored that our red carpet hosts are Senators Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy.

Tracy’s Kids helps children cope with the emotional toll imposed by cancer and its treatment. The Courage Award is presented to a public person who exemplifies the strength, dignity and perseverance necessary to face its daily challenges. The past recipients are Arlen Specter, Marcelle Leahy, Barbara and Tim Johnson, John McCain, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sue Myrick, Barbara Grassley, Dave Camp and Heidi Heitkamp.

If you require any additional information or have any questions please reach out to the event planner, Susan O’Neill, at 301-229-0124.