The Run 4 Dray 2021 fundraising campaign was a smashing success. Together with the awesome help of Papa's RSM colleagues, family and dear friends, we hit the cover off the ball.
The "Run 4 Dray" 5k/1 mile run/walk at Donovan Park and the Kids' Cancer Benefit Party at Clink at the Pabst, that evening were the signature 2021 campaign events. We exceeded all expectations for awareness building and fundraising. An extra BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors who covered several raffle prizes and helped defray operating costs.
The final fund raising tally or 2021 was $149,362, including:
RSM US Foundation & RSM employees - $91,219
Friends & family - $35,563
Sponsors - $21,899
Grants paid from 2021 fund raising efforts totaled $126,219, including:
OSF CHOI / The Heller Center for Kids with Cancer - $91,219
National Brain Tumor Society - $15,000
St Jude - $10,000
UT Southwestern Medical Center - $10,000
RSM's Volunteer Week, August 2 - 6, 2021, rallied RSM's Champaign, Galesburg and Peoria office personnel to prepare 150 kids cancer kits and 150 back-to-school book bags, distributed to kids throughout Central Illinois. As a result of these efforts the RSM US Foundation added $5,500 to its total donation to the Run 4 Dray.
240 runners and walkers, 177 in person and 63 virtually from the USA and Europe, kicked off the day with our first ever 5k/1mile run/walk.
Over 300 party goers and donors attended the evening benefit. Beverages and venue provided by Clink at the Pabst, food by Tin Roof Smokehouse BBQ, and entertainment by Chad, leader of Patrick n Swayze.