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Sample Activities & Events

Browse a brief description of the many different kinds of community-based activities and events that have raised hundreds of thousands of important dollars for the fight against pancreatic cancer. We hope this will inspire you to create a unique fundraising event of your own!

Endurance Events

Northeast Charities Ride
With the support of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, model Dale Barbarini and nine enthusiastic cyclists (most of whom never rode more than 20 miles at any given time, and a couple who didn't even own bicycles) completed a 350-mile charity ride journey during Labor Day weekend to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Northeast Charities Ride began in the mountains of Vermont, continued through Connecticut and ended in New York City.

Circle of Hope
Frank Hague and friends complete an annual Circle of Hope fundraising event for pancreatic cancer research. After energizing themselves with a pancake breakfast, the team embarks upon a 30-mile ocean kayaking and 15-mile run around Mount Desert Island, Maine. The entire journey takes 12 hours to complete, and proves a wonderful tribute to Mr. Hague's father, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. All Circle of Hope proceeds are helping to support the work of The Lustgarten Foundation.

RJ Aaron Mighty Montauk Triathlon
Ms. Merle McDonald Aaron, longtime organizer of the Montauk Triathlon in New York, decided to rename the event after losing her beloved husband and triathlon athlete, Robert, to pancreatic cancer. The RJ Aaron Memorial Mighty Montauk Triathlon proves a wonderful tribute to Robert by his friends and family, as well as a great success in raising thousands of dollars for research.

Taking a 'Spin' for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Longtime friend of Robert Aaron, Robert Bonavolta, licensed massage therapist and neuromuscular therapist and owner of Atlantic Corrective Therapy and Massage in Montauk, New York, decided to create a healthy way to fundraise for pancreatic cancer research and honor his friend and running mate, Bob. The result was the Bob Aaron Spinning Charity Ride. Individuals from the Montauk community participated in the three-hour group cycling marathon to help to raise dollars for research.

Cancer Research Ride
On a sunny Saturday in June, motorcycle enthusiasts, Red and Velma Simpson and more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts can be seen tooling down the street as they partake in the Cancer Research Ride. Bikers enjoy a 200-mile route, featuring scenic stops throughout Wisconsin. The event concludes with live music and an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Cancer Research Ride is a resounding success - raising thousands of dollars for pancreatic cancer research each year.

Social & Other Events

Night of Comedy
When Annette Regan and her sister, Lou Ann Cettina, decided to organize a fund raising event in loving memory of their mom, Carmela, they never dreamed it would be a laughing matter. But love and laughter are the highlights of the evening as friends and family members enjoy A Night of Comedy every June at Governor's Comedy Cabaret, New York - laughing it up while raising thousands of dollars for research.

Making a Strike Against Pancreatic Cancer
More than 120 individuals from throughout the New York insurance industry joined together in memory of wife, mother and dear friend, Sandi Mintz, to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. The Sandi Mintz Memorial Bowling Night at Syosset Lanes in Syosset, New York raised thousands of dollars.

Igniting Interest in a Cure
As a special tribute to brother firefighter, beloved friend and dedicated fire instructor, Donald Vnencak, The Town of Boonton Fire Department, New Jersey, dedicated a one-day Fire Training Seminar in memory of Donald. Proceeds benefited The Lustgarten Foundation.

Cross-Country Community Connections
During a cross-country excursion from Massachusetts to Seattle, Betty Blume combined an opportunity to visit friends and relatives with a goal to raise dollars for pancreatic cancer research. Each time she accepted hospitality along the trip by staying as a guest of a loved one, she set aside a "hospitality repayment" in the form of a donation to The Lustgarten Foundation. In this unique way, Betty not only celebrated the spirit of her husband, Howard, who was lost to pancreatic cancer, but also helped to raise critically needed funds for research.

A Casino Night to Remember
The Saddle River Valley Junior Woman's Club presented An Evening at the Star Dust: A Casino Night to Remember. The fun-filled charity casino night included a buffet dinner, along with a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia and artwork. Casino games such as blackjack, roulette and more had everyone hoping that 'luck be a lady' and send some exciting prizes their way! The event raised thousands of dollars for pancreatic cancer research.

Work-Based Events

The Sweet Taste of Success
Sweet Taste of Success Decorative Interiors of Westbrook, Connecticut, sponsored a charity wine and truffle tasting to help raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. The evening featured Jonathan Edwards Winery of Stonington, and H. Mangel Confectioner of Milford. Susan Lennox, owner of Decorative Interiors, organized the event as a tribute to John Riggio.

The Gift of Giving
The Lustgarten Foundation was featured in the 2003 holiday greeting card of BWD Group, LLC, Jericho, New York, as a tribute to the father of BWD colleague, Jaffrey Caplan. BWD Group also provided a generous year-end donation to The Lustgarten Foundation in support of pancreatic cancer research.

Give, So Cancer Can't Take
After losing her mother to pancreatic cancer, Rebecca Forrer and her co-workers were motivated to help increase awareness of the disease. The resulting Give, So Cancer Can't Take raffle and casual day fundraiser in honor of Rebecca's mom included a letter to co-workers to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer, and invited them to make a donation in exchange for the opportunity to 'dress down.' Thanks to Rebecca and the team, thousands of important dollars were raised.

Casual Clothes, Serious Business
Each month, employees of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman (KMZ Rosemnan) in Chicago, Illinios are given an opportunity to participate in 'Jeans Day,' where employees can donate $5 to a charity of choice in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans. Proceeds from KMZ 'Jeans Day' were donated to The Lustgarten Foundation.

'Random Acts' of Kindness
Kathleen Ferdon, proprietor of Random Acts antiques, arts and collectibles shop in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, hosted a silent auction to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research, featuring one-of-a-kind chairs personally painted by local artists. Ms. Ferdon chose chairs because to her, each empty chair represents one individual lost to pancreatic cancer, and one decorated with colorful images can stand as a lasting tribute to those lost. The silent auction was held in memory of Kathleen's friend, Michele Nolan, who was lost to pancreatic cancer, and was followed by a reception. Proceeds benefited The Lustgarten Foundation.

During one summer weekend, Pro-Lube quality oil change center of West Babylon, New York donated $5 to The Lustgarten Foundation for every oil change performed at their center.

School-Based Events

Lessons in Life
Students who are Natural Helpers are among a select group at Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School in Englishtown, New Jersey. The group decided to create a Walk-a-thon to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research, and encouraged fellow students to walk, run, jog, gallop or skip laps during the after-school event. All proceeds were donated to The Lustgarten Foundation.

One important lesson at Libby & Leo Nevas Religious School of Temple Israel in Westport, Connecticut involves teaching future generations the value of reaching out to others. From Kindergarten forward, children are encouraged to donate their extra cash to charity each time school meets for Keren Ami and Tzedakah during the year. The Lustgarten Foundation was proud to be selected as the 2002 charitable recipient of Temple Israel.

Everybody's Business
When a student of Drake Business School, Medical Office Assisting Program, in Astoria, New York, lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer, The Lustgarten Foundation was invited to attend a special presentation on the disease by the Medical Speaker's Forum. The day concluded with a check presentation in support of the Foundation's research and education efforts.

No Small Project
Having both lost loved ones to pancreatic cancer, Theresa Trapani and Kimberly Bachert decided to focus on the need for increased research and awareness of the disease as their senior project. First, they each prepared a research paper and presented a speech on pancreas cancer. To help increase awareness while raising funds for The Lustgarten Foundation's research efforts, they held a T-shirt sale at their high school and elementary school - even family and friends joined their efforts by helping to sell the tees. Sales were better than ever imagined, and the seniors left their classmates with more than good impressions - they also left them with increased awareness of the need to cure this deadly disease.

Graduation Bake Sale
In November, also known as pancreatic cancer awareness month, Brandi Kerstetter held a bake sale at the Susequehanna Valley Mall for her graduation project in pancreas cancer. The sale was a success - as evidenced by plenty of smiling faces and empty plates and hundreds of dollars raised for pancreatic cancer research.

Pancakes For Progress
As part of Fontbonne Academy's senior curriculum, students must complete a "Social Justice Project." Maureen Aiello and Theresa Dagumboy chose pancreatic cancer as the focus of their project and hosted an event, which they aptly named, "Pancakes for Progress." Complete with purple napkins, flyers and tablecloths, the event successfully attracted students over to an area in the cafeteria where they could learn more about the disease - while making a donation to the Foundation for the opportunity to enjoy a yummy homemade pancake meal.

Family-Based Events/Milestone Celebrations

Many friends choose to celebrate the spirit of loved ones by making or directing donations in lieu of gifts for special occasions, including:

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
New Baby

Toys From Tots

Children from four families in New Jersey pooled together their used toys for a yard sale to help raise funds for pancreatic cancer research in honor of relative and friend, Carol Van Auken. The Lustgarten Foundation is honored to have the support of these youngsters.

Carmine J. Fattore Memorial Fund Benefit
Family and friends gathered together in Brooklyn, New York for the Carmine Fattore Benefit in loving memory of this special father, husband, son, cousin, uncle and friend. The evening included good food, good music and good company - all in the name of pancreatic cancer research. Proceeds raised by the event support the Carmine J. Fattore Memorial Fund at The Lustgarten Foundation.

Raffle for a Cure
The Turple family held a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds going to The Lustgarten Foundation, during a recent family party on Long Island, New York, in memory of Louis Ronaldo. The raffle was held in honor of Louis as a son, husband, father, brother and friend.

One Crafty Fundraiser
Jaime Echt of The Crafter's Workshop, New York, held a craft supply fundraiser in memory of a dear friend and customer, Barbara Shulman. Family members of Barbara helped to 'kick off' the event by donating many of Barbara's treasured craft supplies for the sale, and friends and fellow customers added a few of their own treasured items.

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