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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 .
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2016 Event Raises Over $46,000 For Greater Cleveland Fisher House!!!
(Click For Post Event Press Release)
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:
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:
Tickets Adults $10; Students/Youth $10; Under 2/Military ID Card Holders FREE.
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
|1:30 PM||Field 1||NDCL||vs.||
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||Olentangy vs. Solon||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||Guest Speaker||and Check Ceremony|
|1:30 PM||NDCL vs Hawken School||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:
TV and Radio Spots
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Diamond Indoor Sports (2009)
Medical Mutual (2008)
The event also received merchandise and/or donations from
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:
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.
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.
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
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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).
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?
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.)
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.
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?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-373-5684.
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.