Greatness comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes it even has a number. Most people think of the Number 1 when they think of greatness. For the past year, the MACC Fund has thought of the Number 12. That is the number of the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XVL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron joined with his fine business management and marketing team, RBSH Enterprises, Inc., and hosted the inaugural “Evening With Aaron Rodgers” last May. One of the first things he told the enthusiastic crowd was that it was the cause of helping children with cancer which drove him to embrace the MACC Fund. They were his heroes, he said. He also said he was “in it for the long haul.” In this case, “it” was the MACC Fund, and the children and the MACC Fund couldn’t be happier or more grateful. Aaron’s ongoing support of the MACC Fund clearly shows his commitment to helping the children which has been a trademark of athletes helping the MACC Fund since its inception in 1976.
Aaron joined his RBSH Enterprises, Inc. team for the second annual “Evening With Aaron Rodgers” on May 17 in the sold out Hyatt Regency Milwaukee Grand Ballroom. ESPN analyst and fellow Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer joined Aaron for an entertaining interview before giving the audience of nearly 700 people a chance to ask questions. As an added treat, Aaron’s fellow MACC Fund Honorary Athletic Board Member and ESPN Golf Analyst Andy North joined in the fun as well offering a unique view of Aaron’s impressive golf game and his competitiveness off the field and on the course.
RBSH Enterprises, Inc. enlisted the support of generous sponsors from Associated Bank, 540 ESPN Milwaukee, Frontier Airlines, Gruber Law Offices, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and West Bend Mutual Insurance – The Silver Lining®. The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee has been a loyal and generous supporter of the MACC Fund for nearly three decades and once again offered its hospitality and fine food to make it a truly enjoyable night for all.
No one thought the night could get even better when Steve “The Homer” True of 540 ESPN Milwaukee took the stage to close it out with an auction which turned out to be history making in many ways. Who would have thought that an autographed authentic Packers helmet selling for $3,800 would be a “deal.” The incredible auction bidder’s generosity put an exclamation point on the wonderful night which began appropriately with a warm welcome and prayer by MACC Fund Co-Founder Jon McGlocklin. Twenty-one year old childhood cancer survivor Brandon Novack led off the program with his own heartfelt welcome on behalf of the children while 9-year-old Jack Bartosz who is battling cancer each day closed the night with a poignant thank you to Aaron and everyone in attendance.
The final figures are not in yet, but it seems safe to say that the Second Annual “Evening With Aaron Rodgers” will raise net proceeds of about $230,000. In addition, it raised the awareness level of the MACC Fund and its support of important cancer and blood disorder research on a local and national scale. Thanks to events like this and generous friends like Aaron and so many others over the past 35 years, the MACC Fund has contributed $40 million for research in Wisconsin which has a local, national and global impact helping to raise the overall cure rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80%.
The state-of-the-art research at the MACC Fund Research Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center in the MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing and in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is truly making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer and blood disorders. Yet we are always reminded that we support research to honor those who have died.
“The Second Annual An Evening With Aaron Rodgers to benefit the MACC Fund” showed why Aaron is truly an MVP on and off the field and why everyone who supports the MACC Fund makes them an MVP in the eyes of the children who are helping by the “Gift of Hope” through research. It truly was a special night.
John Cary, Executive Director
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