On October 10th, the Drives for Lives Foundation held its annual charity golf outing benefitting the non-profit Jill Just Wants 2 Help (JJW2H). Sponsored by Physicians National Bank, Pediatric Dental Associates, and over 75 other companies and individuals, the event raised over $48,000 for JJW2H, which is more than four times the amount raised last year!
I am so impressed with this organization. JJW2H is a non-profit that works with the Patient and Family Services (PFS) program at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center to provide make gifts to families needing financial assistance while their children are hospitalized for cancer treatment. They help fund the often overlooked additional costs of having a child receiving cancer treatment: like the expense of constantly needing a babysitter for other children at home, the burden of staying in hotels and eating out to be near the hospital, even gas to get back and forth to the hospital. One day Jill Just Wants 2 Help aims to build “Jill’s House,” which will serve as a place for families to stay and be close to a child/young adult requiring full-time care in the hospital.
On a rare 85-degree day in October, the sun was shining on the 8th Annual Drives for Lives Golf Outing at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. We had a great turn out. Event co-chairs Steve Marino, owner of Lucky Dog Saloon & Grille, and Dr. Philip T. Siegel, founder of JJW2H, welcomed the field of 127 golfers to the shotgun, best ball scramble. The Sixers dancers and team mascot Hip-Hop were on hand to send everyone off. Volunteers sold raffle tickets throughout the day for a diamond ring donated by Bucci Jewelers and a 42” plasma television donated by World Wide Stereo. Special thanks to the team at J2 Communications for securing these items (and all their assistance that day1)
After a full day of play, golfers and several non-golfing friends enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a plentiful buffet in Green Valley Country Club’s ballroom. A silent auction featured items such as VIP tickets to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a “Legends of Philly” baseball bat signed by 20 famous Phillies, and a week stay in Hawaii. The most popular item, the chance to have a sandwich on the Lucky Dog Saloon & Grille’s menu, went for $1000. Actually, it was so popular, that we went to the two highest bidders and offered to name a sandwich after each of them if they would both do $1000. And they said YES!
One of the best parts of the event was when Dr. Phil Siegel got up and thanked all the sponsors and guests and said his daughter Jillian would have been thrilled with the day. JJW2H was formed in memory of Jillian Siegel, who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2009 at the age of 20. While her life was short, she lived every moment to the fullest, and focused her energy on addressing the well-being of those around her. She had a particularly soft spot for helping kids, especially those less fortunate than her. Not allowing anything to interfere with her unlimited energy to help others, she continued to raise $3,000 for the Penn State University Dance Marathon – commonly referred to as THON – from her hospital bed while receiving chemo to fight her own cancer. What an amazing young woman.
It was a great day for a great cause. Join us next year!