Our Directors of Patient Advocacy wanted to create an event to raise awareness and funds for David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation families affected by a cancer diagnosis during our lowest and most difficult patient funding time of the year. Shamrocks for Hope was created and Director of Patient Advocacy, Susie Buzby took on the lead role for the event. Susie had this to say: “This event is very special to me. Breeze’s Dock Bar & Grill is where I work, and where I met David for the first time. In 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, while I was pregnant. My family and I were struggling emotionally and financially from the diagnosis. My friends and family held a benefit for me at Breeze’s. David attended that day and offered the foundation’s assistance to us. We had never met before, but he heard my story and wanted to help. It was at this moment that I knew, when I was able, I wanted to help others who were going through what I was. David was such an inspiration to me. I am honored to work with DDBCF now and help put together an event that can raise money to bring support and hope to families battling cancer.”
We must start our thank you’s with our inspirational leader, Susie Buzby. She has the power to make us smile or bring us to tears at any moment and that’s a testament to her incredible heart. We want to thank her husband Brent and daughters Kaitlyn, Amelia and Autumn as well as Susie’s extended family who donated auction items, volunteered and attended Shamrocks.
We cannot thank the Breeze’s team including owner Win Allen and his incredible staff for their selfless efforts throughout the planning process and day of event festivities. The venue, food and staff were amazing! Please visit them this spring & summer – you won’t be disappointed!
We raised net proceeds of $8,371.67 at our inaugural Shamrocks for Hope on Saturday March 11th and by Monday March 13th at 6pm ALL those funds were distributed to local families affected by a cancer diagnosis. Thank You!
Our 100% volunteer Board of Directors were well represented by: Dani Corso, Kristin Panzone, Steve Crisalli and Bill Raney. Susie Buzby, Dawn Aversa, Lizzie Martinez and Jennifer Hornik from our Directors of Patient Advocacy were all present for Shamrocks.
The fantastic duo of Melanie and Tony donated their time and talents to the event and we are grateful to them for their giving spirit.
Leah Morgan donated her face-painting skills to the event where kids and adults took advantage of her amazing talents.
Our friends Rob and Janet Conforti from Party Crashers Gaming Trailer donated their gaming trailer to the event to ensure our kids were occupied throughout the day. Thank you.
Ayme Friggle from Unique Embroidery & Designs donated her talents by creating 100 Shamrock party hats and a couple of auction items.
We want to thank our Auction Donors who generously donated crafts, experiences, gift cards and merchandise to our auction.
A special thank you to Viking Yachting Center and staff for their support for this event.
Our incredible supporters old and new who came out in force for this inaugural event. Thank you so much!
See you Saturday March 10, 2018 for our 2nd Annual Shamrocks for Hope!