The Showcase presented by Katerra, a benefit for Community Cancer Fund, raised an unprecedented amount of money — over $4.1 million — for the local fight against cancer this past weekend.
Now in its fourth year, the Showcase took place in Coeur d’Alene on Friday and Saturday. It featured a celebrity-amateur golf tournament and celebrity golf showcase, with some of the most celebrated athletes of our time, including NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, three-time NBA champion Bruce Bowen, Olympic gold medalist and former NHL star Brenden Morrow, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, and MLB star Fred McGriff (for a complete list of celebrity attendees, visit showcasegolf.com/celebrities/). The weekend was capped off with private concerts featuring Darius Rucker, Kelley James and Adam Levine, hosted by television personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic.
“We’ve all been impacted by cancer in some way,” explained Community Cancer Fund executive director and co-founder Jerid Keefer. “It was so powerful to see everyone in attendance this weekend – from guests to sponsors and celebrities – come together to help families in our community receive the support they need to fight cancer.” As the presenting sponsor for the Showcase, Katerra, a technology company optimizing every aspect of development, design, and construction to transform the way buildings and spaces come to life, boosted fundraising efforts by matching any donor pledges of $100,000 and $50,000, which resulted in twelve matched pledges.
One hundred percent of the money raised at The Showcase will be invested in the Inland Northwest through Community Cancer Fund to support cancer patients and the organizations that serve them. “This is a great start to funding our most ambitious project to date,” said Keefer. Last week, Community Cancer Fund announced its intention to build a hospitality center for patients and their families seeking treatment at Kootenai Health. This signature project is one of a half-dozen or so initiatives Community Cancer Fund will support in the region in 2017-2018.
To learn more about Community Cancer Fund, or the hospitality center initiative, visit CommunityCancerFund.org.