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Archive for September, 2011

The 2nd Annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

To everyone who participated in the second annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic, whether by joining us on the beautiful course at Black Brook, by joining us for dinner, by sponsoring a hole, by donating a prize, or by volunteering their time:


We worked very hard to make The Carter Nedley Golf Classic a quality event, one that we hope you’ll continue to support in the years to come.

Thanks, also, to all members of our local media who helped to promote the event and to spread word of our mission and our achievements.

Our winning foursome — and repeat champions of The Carter Nedley Golf Classic — were Mason Goodman, Bryce Goodman, Dave Zimmer, and Zack Koinis.  Each member of the team received a trophy, a $20 bonus certificate to Golf Galaxy, and a free round of golf from Black Brook.  They edged the foursome of Jason Ice, Jared Klaus, Jake Roelen and Jim Sorenson, who finished just two strokes back, thanks to a two-stroke boost for winning “The Marsh-Mulligan.”

Mark Burdecki was our Longest Drive champion this year, and Jared Klaus our Longest Putt champion.  Mark and Jared each received a trophy and a $20 bonus certificate to Golf Galaxy.

Bryce Goodman also won “The Putt-Off,” placing his ball just 10 3/4″ from the hole.  He received $50 gift cards from Golf Galaxy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant.  Laura Navarro finished a close second, at 11 1/2″.  She received a $250 automobile-detailing package from Jeff’s Garage.

Each player received a $10 bonus certificate from Golf Galaxy, a three-pack of golf balls, and a stainless steel Carter Nedley Foundation travel mug.

We plan to announce a date and location soon for the third annual Carter Nedley Golf Classic.  We hope that we can count on your support again next year.

Our Summer Toy Drive with FUNdamentals!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

The kids at FUNdamentals sold baked goods to raise money to buy toys for a new pediatric oncology playroom at The Cleveland Clinic.

In many ways, the template for the mission of The Carter Nedley Foundation was laid for us by the wonderful people at Menorah Park and at FUNdamentals, Menorah Park’s fantastic child-care center.

In February 2009, after Carter’s first round of chemotherapy at The Cleveland Clinic, Menorah Park and FUNdamentals organized “Caring for Carter,” a fundraiser for the Nedley family.  The event featured a bake sale, a 50-50 raffle, sales of arts and crafts, and drives for blood donation and marrow-donor registration.  We even got some green silicone bracelets debossed with “Caring for Carter,” which we’ll treasure forever.

About a year later, after Carter passed away, The Menorah Park Foundation established The Carter Nedley Memorial Fund to support the infant room at FUNdamentals.

We’ve never forgotten these very touching gestures, and always will be grateful to the staff of Menorah Park and FUNdamentals for all their support.

But for the support they’ve continued to show The Carter Nedley Foundation, our feelings go way beyond grateful.  When they help us, they’re not just helping one family anymore — they’re helping an entire hospital.

Thanks to Menorah Park and to FUNdamentals for their incredible contribution to our Summer Toy Drive.

Last year Menorah Park and FUNdamentals helped us to supply the patients and families of the Clinic’s pediatric-oncology inpatient unit with more than 200 DVDs for the flashy new players installed in their rooms.

This summer, they went beyond even that.  During a recent visit to the Clinic, we learned that the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit was planning a new playroom, and wanted donations of toys and art supplies to stock it.  So we asked Menorah Park and FUNdamentals if they again wanted to partner with us, this time on a summer toy drive for the Clinic.

They agreed, clearing space for us to set up two large boxes (like, the kind you’d use to ship a dryer) to collect donations.  Soon after, the boxes were filled with baby toys, Barbie dolls, building blocks, board games, crayons, markers, construction paper, and Play-Doh.

Some of the donations came, even, as a result of some hard work from the kids at FUNdamentals, who held a bake sale to raise money to buy toys (see the picture above).  We’re told they raised more than $300.

The Carter Nedley Foundation went on a little shopping spree, too, hoping to match what we got from Menorah Park and FUNdamentals. How do you think we did?

Afterwards, we went on a little shopping spree, adding a heaping trunkful of new baby toys and art supplies to match the haul from Menorah Park and FUNdamentals.

Lucky for us, we drive an SUV with removable back seats.  Otherwise, we might have needed two trips to get everything to the Clinic.

We met the Clinic’s Child Life team curbside at the front doors of the Miller Family Pavilion, and with their help loaded everything onto carts.

A short while later, we received a wonderful thank-you letter from Child Life:

On behalf of the patients, families, and staff at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, I would like to thank you for your donation of toys and crafts for the oncology population…

The Clinic's Child Life staff helps us to unload the donations of toys and crafts for the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit.

The number of toys, games, and crafts your foundation was able to donate to us is amazing.  It has fully stocked the toy cupboards on M50 which will undoubtedly provide hours of entertainment and fun to our patients.

Your support is appreciated more than you can imagine by our staff and by the patients and families we serve.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

You’re welcome.  Hopefully, we’re just getting started.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s Go Tropical!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

To help us commemorate this year and to support our mission to serve families affected by childhood cancer and to fund research into treatments, Tropical Smoothie at Legacy Village (24389 Cedar Road) graciously has agreed to donate a percentage of sales during the month of September to The Carter Nedley Foundation.

Click for here for a sheet of handbills.  Present one of these when you order from Tropical Smoothie’s delicious menu of smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, and salads, and a percentage of your total will be contributed to our tally for the month.  (And pass the other three handbills to members of your family, your friends, and your co-workers.)

Thanks for your continued support.  Your generosity ensures that we can continue to make a difference.