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!


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. 


On-line Auction is Now Open!  


These are just two of the items for this year's auction.  Please click HERE to check out and bid on all the great item!  Thank you to everyone who donated items this year -- we could not do this without your support.      


Dinner Reservations 

Saturday, August 16th -- 6:00pm at the Mid-America Center

Please click here to make your ON-LINE reservations for the dinner on Saturday, August 16th!









Poker Seats Still Available 

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament
Sunday, August 17th -- 1:00pm at the Mid-America Center   

Tickets are $50 each -- reserve your seat NOW! 

Due to Fair Gaming Laws in Iowa we are not able to accept credit cards for the purchase of Poker tickets for our charity event.  Download the Poker Tournament Registration Form or contact the JEH Foundation Office at 712-396-6040. 

Make checks payable to:  Spirit of Courage

Mail to:  JEH Foundation
            Spirit of Courage
            933 E Pierce St
            Council Bluffs, IA 51503 


Click here for more details on all of the weekend 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 2013 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:

Tara Slevin
Vice President of Development & Volunteer Services
Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
933 E Pierce Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone:  712-396-6086
E-Mail:  tara.slevin@nmhs.org