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    2016 Fisher House Youth Challenge - Because A Family's Love Is Good Medicine

    For eight years Burning River Lacrosse has hosted a charity event (Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase) to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org

    This foundation provides a “home-away-from-home” for America’s military families so that they can be with their severely wounded and/or ill family member(s) during those service members’ medical treatment and/or lengthy physical and/or occupational therapy treatments .

    View videos about the Fisher House

    Event Schedule - Click Here

    2016 Event Raises Over $46,000 For Greater Cleveland Fisher House!!!

    (Click For Post Event Press Release)



    Guest Speaker

    Every year at the Fisher House event we bring in a guest speaker who shares their experiences with Fisher House with the attendees.  We do this to put a personal touch on the event and so that the players realized that they are helping someone and giving back to the community.  We are thrilled to have Amanda Gilliam, Gold Star widow of Sgt Adam Gilliam, US Army speak at this year’s event.  Her husband was killed in line of duty just last year and she stayed at Fort Bragg Fisher House. 

    An interview with her is at http://greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org/amanda-gilliam-about-fisher-house/



    2016 Fisher House Youth Challenge - Give To Our Military Families In Their Time Of Need!

    For the past eight years Burning River Lacrosse has hosted the Fisher House Showcase to raise money ($319,000 to date) for the Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH).   The goal has been to help the GCFH raise their portion ($3 million) of the $7 million needed to build a Fisher House on the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland.  The Cleveland House will be a 16,500 square foot home with 18 to 21 suites to accommodate up to 42 people.

    The GCFH current fundraising total is $2.8 million.  ONLY $200,000 to go!!!

    BR and other Northern Ohio based “Youth Organizations” have raised over $500,000 or nearly 20% of the total.  BR’s total of $319,000 makes our organization the single largest fundraiser to the GCFH. 

    While we are proud of that position, we would love for a Northern Ohio based foundation, corporation or individual to replace us as the largest donor.  This would complete the fundraising campaign and show the youth of Northern Ohio the power of there efforts over the past 8 years.

    With that in mind, we are challenging Individuals, Corporations, and Foundations in Northern Ohio to step up and:

    • Help us raise the final $200,000 needed to start construction of the Cleveland Fisher House. 

    • Pledge an amount large enough to make them the largest donor to the GC Fisher House and knock us in to 2nd place.

    We ask you to take the Fisher House Youth Challenge and give our service members and their families the help they need!!!!

    To date the following Individuals, Corporations, and Foundations have accepted the challenge and made a donation:




    How Can I Help The 2016 Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase? (See Our Sponsors)

    There are many ways to help us raise money, run a successful event and / or get the word out to local and national newspaper, television, and radio outlets about the Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase and its efforts to help our wounded soldiers and their families during their time of need.  You can:

    • Provide Event Sponsorship (Click for details)

    • Donate directly to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House (Click Here To Donate Directly)
      * Please note that you are from the Fisher House Youth Challenge under comments


    • Attend - Tickets are available at the event or prior by sending us an email with your needs Tickets

      Tickets        Adults $10; Students/Youth $10; Under 2/Military ID Card Holders FREE

    • Volunteer - to do so sign up at VOLUNTEERS

    • Other - if you would like other ways to help please CLICK HERE for a list of opportunities.

    • Auction - we will have numerous AUCTION items for bid at the event.


    Where Is The Event Held? At What Time Is The Event Held? (See Schedule)

    TIMELINE OF THIS YEAR'S EVENT

    The event is being on Saturday May 7, 2016 at Hawken School's Walton Stadium. The stadium is located at 12465 County Line Road, Chesterland, Oh 44026. The Games schedule is below gates open at 9:00 AM.

    2016 High School Schedule


    11:15 AM

    Field 1 Olentangy vs. Solon
    1:30 PM Field 1 NDCL vs.

    Hawken School

    2016 Middle School Schedule

      Main Turf 2nd Turf Field 3 - Grass Field 4 - Grass
    10 AM Mentor A vs Hawkin A Shaker A vs Medina A US A vs River A Avon A  vs Kenston A
             
    11 AM Kenston B vs River B Avon B  vs Jackson B Chagrin B vs Medina B
             
    12 PM   Avon A vs Jackson A Shaker A vs Mentor A Chagrin A vs Medina A
             
    1:00 PM    
             
    1:30 PM Mentor B vs Hoover River B vs Jackson B Shaker B vs Medina B
             
    2:30 PM   Kenston A vs River A US A vs Medina A Hawken vs Jackson A
             
    3:30 PM Shaker B vs Hoover Avon B  vs Kenston B Chagrin B vs Jackson B Mentor B vs Medina B
             
    4:30 PM   Chagrin A vs Jackson A   Avon B  vs US  B

    Middle School Teams Participating Include:

    • Avon A
    • Avon B
    • Chagrin Falls A
    • Chagrin Falls B
    • Hawken
    • Hoover
    • Jackson A
    • Jackson B
    • Kenston A
    • Kenston B
    • Medina A
    • Medina B
    • Mentor A
    • Mentor B
    • Rocky River A
    • Rocky River B
    • Shaker A
    • Shaker B
    • University School A
    • University School B


    TV and Radio Spots

    • 2015 - ESPN Cleveland's Munch is joined by Burning River's Woody Calleri to talk about the upcoming Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase (Click here for the interview)

    • 2013 - Listen to our PSA about the Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase. (Click here for the PSA)

    • 2013 - ESPN Cleveland's Munch is joined by Burning River's Woody Calleri to talk about the upcoming Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase (Click here for the interview)

    • 2013 - ESPN Cleveland's Munch is joined by Air Force General Bob Beletic to talk about the Fisher House Charity and all they do, along with the Lacrosse Showcase that they will be hosting. (Click here for the interview)


    Guest Speakers

    2015
    Had guest speakers Dodi Mounts and her son Loren who shared their family’s story and Fisher House experiences with the event participants and attendees.  Loren was wounded in combat in Afghanistan and Dodi stayed at a Fisher House.

    2013
    Had Ms. Yocum the proud mom of a wounded warrior who stayed at The Fisher House in Landshul, Germany. Her son is medically retired from the 173rd Airborne and his rank was Specialist. He was shot multiple times in an ambush in November 2007 in Afghanistan. He was on a foot patrol with 12 of his buddies and attacked by 180 taliban. Six of his friends died, 6 wounded. They fought for hours and it took several hours to get medivaced. He was the most critical with 6+ gunshot wounds. He had surgery in field and was in Landshul in two days still on a respirator. She was flown to Landstuhl to be by his bedside and stayed in the Fisher house there. Ms. yocum will share her family’s story and Fisher House experiences with the event participants and attendees. 

    2012
    Had guest speaker Dodi Mounts and her son Loren who shared their family’s story and Fisher House experiences with the event participants and attendees.  Loren was wounded in combat in Afghanistan and Dodi stayed at a Fisher House.

    2011
    Had guest speaker Sgt. Joe Gross (Stow, Ohio) of the Wounded Warrior Project. Sgt. Gross lost his leg in a suicide car bomb while serving in Bagdad in 2005.  During his medical treatment and recovery Sgt. Gross and his wife (now ex) stayed in the Fisher House at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for an extended period of time.  Read more about Sgt. Gross and the Wounded Warrior Project.

    2010
    Had special guest Lt Col Patrick Powers, a highly decorated member of the Special Forces speak about what Fisher House means to the men / women in his command.  Lt Col Powers also took part in a ceremonial face-off prior to each of the games last year.

    2009
    Had special guest Major Zoltan Krompecher - Green Beret, who served two combat tours; one in Iraq with a Special Operations Unit and one with Operation Enduring Freedom, speak with the participants about how Fisher House has been there for his men/women, the positive impact it has had on his troops and the impact events like this has on our military families.

    Read an article about the event written by Major Zoltan Krompecher HERE

    2008
    Had special guest, former Army lacrosse player John Uberti, speak with the participants about how lacrosse impacted and shaped his life, how the participants can use what they learn on the lacrosse field to become men of substance and impact, and what the Fisher House Foundation and events like the Fisher House Charity Showcase mean to our military families.



    What Is The Fisher House Foundation?

    Fisher House (www.fisherhouse.org) is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need.  Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. The Greater Cleveland Fisher House is specific to the Cleveland area and will support the families of veterans by providing cost free housing while the veteran receives treatment at the Cleveland VA, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth System or other regional facility.

     “Having my wife and daughter here is the best inspiration I could ever have.  Between them, the hospital staff, and everyone I’ve met here at Fisher House, I know I have lots of people in my corner.  My goal was to walk before my daughter Alexis learned to - and I did.” Staff Sergeant Justin Shellhammer, U.S. Army

    As of 2015, the Fisher House program has 69 houses that have served over 277,000 families with over 6 million days of lodging and saved them over $310 million in lodging costs, plus food and transportation.  By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!

    Burning River Lacrosse was founded in 2005 to provide developmental lacrosse opportunities at all levels (introduction to the game, improvement of skills, national competition and college exposure) to Northern Ohio’s lacrosse community.  The company also hosts charity events such as the ‘Crosse out Cancer! college lacrosse showcase (raised a cumulative $120,000 for Breast Cancer Research)and the Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase (raised a cumulative $319,000 for the families of wounded soldiers) to raise money and awareness for those in need and to teach participants about their responsibility to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others.

    For a Fisher House Fact Sheet Click Here. For a Fisher House Brochure Click Here.

    For more information on the Greater Cleveland Fisher House please visit www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org.



    Who Are Your Sponsors?

    Visit our SPONSOR WEBSITE

    Over the years the event has been sponsored by the following companies (This year's sponsors in bold):

    Goalie Level ($5,000+)
    Sullivan / RPM International (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
    Avalution Consulting (2016)
    Goodrich Landing Gear Division (2012)
    Dr. Nicholas Husni * Board Certified Plastic Surgeon * Medical Director-neo Aesthetic Institute (2012)
    Team Wendy (2008)
    InsureOne Benefits (2008)
    Sports Construction Group (2008)

    Defense Level ($2,500 to $4,999)
    Hawken School (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
    Runzheimer International (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
    University School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)
    B Lee Capital (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
    Sports Construction Group (2009)
    WestParm Pharmaceutical Services (2009)
    Impact Ceramics (2008)
    McManamon Insurance (2008)

    Midfield Level ($1,250 to $2,499)
    Orlando Baking Company (2016, 2015, 2013)
    Wendy's (2016, 2015, 2013)

    Big Game Capital (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)
    L. Schor (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)


    Attack Level ($750 to $1,249)
    Unique Marketers (2016, 2015)
    Renegade Brands / Sweat X (2015, 2013)
    The Goalie School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)
    Harrow Sports (2013, 2012, 2011)
    Nissan of North Olmsted (2013, 2012, 2011)
    Chilis 'Bar & Grill (2013, 2012)
    STX/Nike Lacrosse (2013, 2012, 2011)
    Laurice Skin Care & Cosmetics (2013, 2012)
    Brine (2012, 2011)
    Cleveland Coca Cola (2012)
    Cleveland Marble (2011, 2010, 2009)
    Carnegie Corporation (2011, 2010, 2009)
    Forest City (2011)
    Summa Health (2011)
    Vocon (2011)
    Brewer-Garrett (2009)
    Diamond Indoor Sports (2009)
    Medical Mutual (2008)

    The event also received merchandise and/or donations from

    • Gatorade (signed Derek Jeter and Dwayne Wade Jerseys, in addition to 14 cases of Gatorade),
    • Gait by DeBeer (5 lacrosse sticks, lanyards)
    • Brine (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment including two pairs of custom Army gloves)
    • Warrior (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • STX (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • Harrow (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • Anthony Kelly (a pair of NY Titans gloves, a pair of Brine LA Riptide gloves, STX Katana Shaft,  2 brand new heads, 2 brand new shafts - a Reebok, and a titanium),
    • Neil Duffy – Autographed copies of his lacrosse book “the Spirit in the Stick”
    • The Goalie School (Free camp admission)
    • Millon Lacrosse Camps (Free camp admission)
    • Hyde Park Steakhouse (Gift Certificate)
    • Cleveland Printwear (Event banners)
    • Cleveland Indians (Tickets)
    • Cleveland Browns (autographed merchandise)
    • Denver Mammoths (autographed merchandise)
    • University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame The Ohio State University, Princeton University, Penn State University, Roanoke College, Syracuse University and University of Virginia (Team Autographed Jerseys)
    • NCAA (2 All Session Passes to the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships)
    • Paul Rabal (Autographed pair of Mayback Maverik gloves - courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Kevin Leveille (Autographed Razor X (Warrior) heads -courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Sherwin Williams (Gift Certificates)
    • Andrew 'Buggs' Combs (Autographed helmet -courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Matt Danowski (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Mike Leveille (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Ken Clausen (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Chris Fiore (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • NDP Lacrosse (Free entry fee to NDP sponsored youth tournament)
    • Chilis (Gift Certificates)
    • 2 Rounds (18 holes) at Red Tail Golf Course - Courtesy of Carnegie Capital
    • Josh Cribbs Autographed Cleveland Browns Football
    • Sidney Crosby Pengiuns Jersey - Courtesy of Bohan Family
    • Malkin NHL All Star Jersey - Courtesy of Bohan Family

    If you would like to sponsor this event please contact us at 216.373.5684



    2016 Showcases Goals And How You Can Help

    This year's team goals are to raise $25,000 and sell 1,000 tickets.

    There are many ways to help us raise money and get the word out to local and national newspaper, television, and radio outlets about the Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase and its efforts to help our wounded soldiers and their families during their time of need.  You can:

    Sponsorship
    100% of the proceeds from sponsorships go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

    You can provide sponsorship in return for signage, program space, and/or on site/off site sponsor benefits depending on the level of sponsorship.  You or your organization can contribute at the following levels.  All donors will be listed in our program which will be distributed on game day.

    • Goalie Level (primary/exclusive) sponsors are with contributions of $5,000 or more.
    • Defense level donors are from $2,500 to $4,999
    • Midfield level donors are $1,250 to $2,499
    • Attack level donors are $750.00 to $1,249

    Should you chose to sponsor the event at the Goalie or Defense level your company and it’s logo will be prominently displayed on the ceremonial check given to Fisher House, your company will receive a full page ad in the event program, your company will be mentioned in the program with Special Thanks, your company will be mentioned in all Media interviews (to the best of our abilities – those outlets control the edits), your logos will be prominently displayed on the event website (www.brlax.net)  and you will be given tickets to the event.  We are also willing to give you a point of sale (POS) table so that you could interact with the public at the event. 

    Donation
    You can make a tax deductible monetary donation (even a few pennies help) to help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 to help our military and their families during their greatest time of need.  Fisher House Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a valid 501(c) (3) organization and their tax ID number is 11-3158401.   Click on the link to donate

    Click to donate directly to the Greater Cleveland Fisher House
    * under comments please note BR Fisher House Showcase

    Event Tables
    You can run a point of sale (POS) table at the event and donate a percentage of the sales to Fisher House.  This benefits both your organization (publicity and sales) and Fisher House (donation).

    Endorsement
    Do you have a family member, friend, or neighbor that knows a local celebrity (sports, news, political, etc) that you could speak to about helping with the event?  It could be anything from autographed jerseys, to website/twitter support, to an appearance at the event.

    Equipment / Jersey Donations
    You can donate lacrosse related (helmets, sticks, gloves, signed/unsigned jerseys, shorts, t-shirts, etc.) and non-lacrosse related items (Baseball, football, hockey Jerseys or equipment, Airline tickets, gift cards, merchandise, etc.) that may be used as auction items.  100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.  In the past we have auctioned off jerseys from Derek Jeter and Dwayne Wade and several college programs have agreed to donate autographed team lacrosse jerseys.  Do you know of any coaches that might be willing to help in non-lacrosse sports?

    Social Networking
    You can put the event information on your Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn account pages.  You can send the event information to family, friends, neighbors who have served in the military.  Do you/someone you know belong to an Alumni association that you could forward the information to? Do you/someone you know belong to a local group that might be willing to send the information to its members (Kiwanis, Optimist Club, etc.)

    Posters
    You can speak with local businesses (coffee shops, libraries, grocery stores, donut shops, etc) about putting up an event poster in their store.  Most companies have a policy to allow non-profits to hang posters.  You can visit local military organizations (VFW posts, AMVET, Order of the Purple Heart) and speak with them about putting up a poster to raise awareness.

    Publicity
    Do you have a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker with contacts at local media outlets?  If so would you be willing to contact them about doing a story on the event? 
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    In Kind Donations
    100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.
    Do you have a family member, friend, neighbor, and/ or coworker that works at a company that is willing to trade in kind donations that we can auction or raffle off?  For example, a free massage, oil change, financial planning, etc.  They get great publicity for their company and Fisher House gets the proceeds.

    Volunteer
    You can donate your time and effort to help ensure a quality event.  To that end we need people to help with the following: ticket takers, program sales, t-shirt sales, field preparation, ball boys and scoring.

    Attend The Event
    We would be excited to have you, your family, friends and neighbors attend the Showcase and provide encouragement and support to the players.  Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets.  Please come see one or all of the games.

    If you have any questions about the Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase or our request please feel free to contact Woody Calleri at wcalleri@brlax.net or 216-373-5684. 



    In 2015 we had the following auction items: Auction Items - 2016 Items Not Live Yet

    Team Jerseys (Alphabetic)

    Lacrosse Sticks / Equipment (Alphabetic)

    Non-Lacrosse Related Items

    100% of the proceeds from the auction goes to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. 


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