Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend
Since its inception in 2003, Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend event has raised over $1,125,000.
This annual event is a benefit for the Charitable Patient Care Fund benefitting patients of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center. All dollars raised for this fund provide financial assistance to Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital cancer patients.
2014 Spirit of Courage!
Mark you calendars and plan to join us again this year for the Spirit of Courage Celebrity Weekend, August 15th-17th. Four amazing individuals -- Kara Dunphy, Dr. Lori Platt, Dolores Silkworth & Marilyn Weber, Lifetime Achievement -- will share their stories and courage throughout the weekend. Click here to see photos of the recipients. for
Click here for specific information on the events and to print and download the registration forms for all events, or to register online!
There are additional events occurring over the summer months which also support the MJEH Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund. Click on the following for more information on these events:
We are grateful for the continued support of our volunteers, staff and community as well as our corporate sponsors. As in past years, a fun twist to the Celebrity Weekend events is the participation of our celebrity friends from Hollywood, sports, music and our local area celebrities. Each celebrity guest donates his/her time and name to this worthy cause!
2013 Event Raises $125,000
Once again, we were pleased to raise $125,000 for the MJEH Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund on behalf of cancer patients needing financial assistance to continue with their courageous journey with cancer.
Thirty-six teams took to the course for 18 holes of golf (and a whole lot of fun) on Saturday, August 17th for the Shotgun Scramble Golf Tournament at Dodge Riverside Golf Club. Each team had the honor of playing with one of our celebrity guests.
The Spirit of Courage dinner and silent and oral auction on Saturday evening was well attended with over 600 guests in attendance. Four amazing individuals -- Marcia Antworth, Les Green, Randy Grudle & Laura Pattermann -- shared their stories and courage and were presented with the 2014 Spirit of Courage Awards. With over 240 packages in the silent and oral auctions, there was plenty of bidding going on!
The weekend events wrapped up on Sunday, August 18th with the No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament at the MAC. Play began with a celebrity at every table and prizes awarded for knocking out the celebrities!
2012 Event Raises $250,000
Thanks to the metro area's largest single donation of $125,000 from Ceasars Foundation, Harrah's and Horsehoe Council Bluffs, along with the $125,000 raised through sponsorships, weekend events and donations, we were able to raise $250,000 to benefit Jennie's Cancer Center patients.
Pictured below (left to right): Steve Baumert, President & CEO of Jennie Edmundson addresses the dinner guests, our 2012 national and local celebrities are introduced, and celebrity auctioneer Richard Horvitz joins event auctioneer Byron Menke.
2011 Event Raises $100,000
Steve Baumert, President & CEO of Jennie Edmundson is pictured (left to right) with Jenny Peck who was presented the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her husband, Joel Peck and the 2011 Spirit of Courage Recipients Edd Leach, Horst Rossbund and Gracie Hays. Recipient Gracie Hays was surrounded by our celebrity guests.
A very special thank you to our sponsors, Spirit of Courage Recipients, chairpersons, volunteers, celebrity guests, hospital staff and community support for all their help which contributed to the success of our event each year.
For more information on sponsorship of this event or how you can get involved, please contact:
Vice President of Development & Volunteer Services
Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
933 E Pierce Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503