Baseball Team Raises Money for Cancer Research
Playing recreational sports may be a good way to meet people with similar interests, but it can also serve as a way to widen your support circle when times get tough.
When one member of the North Shore Giants, a recreational baseball team with players from Lynn, MA and other towns in the North Shore area, was diagnosed with lymphoma, his teammates organized an event to help fund lymphoma research. Several comedians performed at their fundraiser, dubbed A Giant Night of Comedy.
Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that occurs when the white blood cells that help protect the body from infection and disease begin behaving abnormally, may develop in many parts of the body and there are dozens of specific types of the disease.
Proceeds from the event went to the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). LRF began in 2001 as a merger between two separate lymphoma foundations, and became the country’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to lymphoma research and helping patients and healthcare professionals receive up-to-date information.
The foundation seeks “to change the future for everyone whose life has been affected by a lymphoma diagnosis” through support and service programs, raising awareness of the disease and research funding. LRF research funding consists of several grants and fellowships that cover all lymphoma subtypes.
Their support programs reach over 43,000 people each year and cover a wide variety of services. LRF provides clinical trial information, professional education, in person workshops and forums as well as a lymphoma helpline and support network, along with several other amenities.
The fundraiser, which took place at Giggles Comedy Club, featured performances from Joe Espy, Paul D’Angelo, Artie Januario, Paul Gilligan and Randy Gardner. Glenn Dooley, owner and manager of the Giants, says that the acts of the night made the event special.
“[We had] great comedians all night. A hometown friend, Randy Gardner, [came to perform and] is currently on the comedy circuit in New York, working with many great comedians [there]. He was incredible.”
The 150 attendees were treated to raffles and prizes for their participation. There were chances to win Boston Red Sox tickets, local restaurants gift cards, a Nintendo Wii, a professional oil painting of retired Sox catcher Jason Varitek, a 50/50 raffle and a book of lottery scratch-off tickets.
Dooley says they promoted the event through an announcement on local radio, social media, flyers, posters and word of mouth, but feels social media worked best for them. He also believes how organizers handle tickets to their fundraiser is very important.
“It was our first event of this magnitude. [But] I would suggest being more stringent with tickets, and be careful how you sell the tickets to get the most of your money.”