Gavers Barndance fundraiser nets $310K
The Gavers Community Cancer Foundation Barndance brought in slightly more money than last year’s event.
The event raised $440,000 in gross revenue and $310,000 in revenue after expenses. This surpasses the foundation’s total collections from 2011 by $1,000 and $6,000, respectively.
“People were very, very generous,” said Andy Hartlieb, vice president of the foundation. About $100,000 was raised from sponsorships and another $108,000 was raised through the live auction.
Despite the increased revenues, the barndance crowd was down slightly. Hartlieb said about 2,325 people attended this year, adding that more than 300 bought tickets at the door, significantly higher than usual.
In its 13-year history, the foundation has raised more than $4.5 million, which has been donated to cancer awareness and research programs. Money has been donated to Centegra Health Systems, Rush University Medical Center, Family Health Partnership Clinic, the Wellness Place and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Hartlieb noted that the foundation continues to be made up of volunteers, and said no revenue is being used to pay employees.
“It’s a heck of a lot of fun to be part of,” Hartlieb said of being involved on such a committed board.
The foundation plans to host an inaugural golf outing Friday, Sept. 14, at Boone Creek Golf Club, 6912 Mason Hill Road, Bull Valley. Tickets are $100 per person for golfing and dinner. Dinner alone is $40. For information, visit www.gavers.org.