Shakin’ booty turned into kickin’ cancer’s booty
Nearly 900 donors united in a fight against cancer at The Giving Gig 2014, a Community Health Network Foundation event that raised $600,000 for our cancer patients during Valentine’s Day weekend. View photo gallery >>
Funds raised at the sold-out event establish a new cancer patient assistance fund to give struggling cancer patients easy access to wigs, prescriptions, food, transportation and much more. Donations also provide free genetic testing to our low-income patients at risk of a cancer diagnosis.
Walking the purple carpet
Held at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriot, The Giving Gig started with more than 200 VIPs walking a purple carpet (purple is a universal color to represent all cancer types). Many elected officials attended, including Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, as well as WTHR meteorologist Angela Buchman, Sarah Fisher and her race team’s driver, Josef Newgarden, and key leaders from MD Anderson Cancer Network®.
An evening of generosity and jammin’
The event continued with a silent and live auction, a Gemstone Dig, a parade of cancer survivors and a moment of silence remembering those already lost to the disease. And Yvonne Shaheen, a Community Health Network Foundation donor who has also served on many Community boards and committees for more than two decades, received the Jack Heiney Award for Philanthropic Leadership, Community’s highest honor.
KC and the Sunshine Band headlined this premier cancer fundraising event, performing such classics as “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake Your Booty,” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)” in front of a jam-packed dance floor.
Plans for The Giving Gig 2015 are underway. Check back for announcements.
Donate to our Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at give.ecommunity.org/support.