Coach Petitgoue, a great MACC Fund friend, goes for #800

Greatness comes in many shapes and sizes.  In the case of Jerry Petitgoue, greatness is manifested in many ways as a husband, father, teacher, coach and through his incredible commitment to the MACC Fund as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).  Jerry has played an important role in helping the impressive organization donate $1.8 million to the MACC Fund through its annual Boys and Girls All-Star Games each year dating back to 1978.  Next to the Milwaukee Bucks who played an integral role in starting the MACC Fund 35 years ago on the retirement night of Jon McGlocklin, the “Original Buck,” the WBCA is the longest standing MACC Fund sponsor.

Greatness is oftentimes measured by wins and losses in sports.  In the case of Jerry Petitgoue, you can  easily measure his greatness in this way. Tonight his Cuba City basketball team will take the court in their holiday tournament against River Ridge (Illinois) High School.  Every coach will tell you that every game is important.  Secretly, they will tell you that some are special.  Tonight’s Cuba City game is one of those games.  A victory will mean that Jerry will have coached his 800th win in his 44 years as a head high school varsity coach in Wisconsin.  Forty of those years have been at Cuba    City which he helped make into a perennial powerhouse.  The “winningest” coach in state high school history, Jerry has a record of 799-199.  Tomorrow night’s holiday tournament game will be his 1,000 game as a head varsity coach.

The MACC Fund has many friends whose commitment to helping the children is inspirational.  Some of them are legendary in their career accomplishments as well.  Jerry Petitgoue is one of those. Watching his team win his 799th game on Monday against a fine Sheboygan Lutheran team was thrilling.  You can rest assured that there will be lots of children helped by the MACC Fund – thanks to its friends like Jerry Petitgoue and the WBCA – who will be there in spirit tonight along with the extended MACC Fund family as Cuba City goes for #800 for Coach Petitgoue.

Good luck Coach! And “Thanks a Million” to you and the other fine WBCA members for the “Gift of Hope Through High School Hoops” to the MACC Fund.

John Cary, Executive Director

35th Annual Bucks MACC Fund Game – A tradition that keeps on giving

 

Tonight is a special night.  It is the 35th Annual Bucks MACC Fund Game tonight as the Bucks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the BradleyCenter in the Bucks only preseason home game. The previous 34 games have raised $1.3 million for the MACC Fund’s fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Many know that the MACC Fund started during a Bucks game 35 years ago when Jon McGlocklin’s number was retired.  Jon and his good friend and Bucks broadcaster, Eddie Doucette, teamed up to help kids like Karen and Eddie’s son Brett who was diagnosed with leukemia as a two-year-old.  Since then, Brett became the MACC Fund’s first “success story,” is married and lives in Arizona.  In addition, the MACC Fund has contributed $41 million to pediatric cancer and blood disorder research in Wisconsin offering Hope for children with cancer throughout the country and the world. The MACC Fund has played an important role in helping the overall cure rate for childhood cancer to rise from 20% to 80% in the past 35 years. 

The Bucks have been with the MACC Fund every step of the way and events like the Bucks MACC Fund Game have contributed to that impressive cure rate success. Once again this year, the Bucks have donated hundreds of tickets to the game for the children, their families, caregivers and dedicated MACC Fund volunteers.

The Bucks always give the children helped by the MACC Fund a chance to be part of the fun. Ten-year-old Jack Bartosz and his twin sister Annie will present the game ball. Jack designed the TODAY’S TMJ4 MACC*Star.  He has battled cancer for more than half of his life. Ten children helped by the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will line up with each starting player.  They will get a signed ball from that player as a great memento of a great night.  Imagine how excited they are!   

Some of these children got to meet the Bucks during the team’s annual visit to Children’s Hospital and the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders on Monday.  Despite the abbreviated preseason, Coach Scott Skiles wanted to make sure this great holiday tradition continued proving once again the commitment the Bucks have to helping the MACC Fund help kids.  As I said, the Bucks have been with the MACC Fund every step of the way.

Don’t forget, value-priced tickets will be available until Tip Off.  We hope to see you there.  

Thanks for helping the MACC Fund help kids battling cancer and blood disorders.

Happy Holidays and Go Bucks!

John Cary, Executive Director

Happy 35th Birthday MACC Fund!

Thanks to the support of ten of thousands of people, the MACC Fund is celebrating its 35th Birthday today. Birthdays are important to kids battling cancer and blood disorders. They are to the MACC Fund too, although we dream of the day when we won’t need to have another year.

We invite our friends in the Milwaukee television market to join with our wonderful friends from TODAY’S TMJ4 from 7 – 9 p.m. tonight as we celebrate the TODAY’S TMJ4 Sports Auction 4 MACC. This is the 31st consecutive year of live broadcast specials from the great folks at TODAY’S TMJ4. This is virtually unpredented in the Milwaukee market and likely around the country as well. Thanks TODAY’S TMJ4 and the generous Journal Broadcast Group. This is also the 30th consecutive year that Sargento Foods of Plymouth, Wis. is a generous MACC Fund broadcast sponsor.  Special thanks as well to Sargento.

Tonight’s show will end at about the same time the MACC Fund was beginning 35 years earlier. That “tip-off” ceremony in 1976 took place on the Milwaukee Arena floor honoring the retirement of Jon McGlocklin from the Milwaukee Bucks.  Jon and his dear friend and Bucks broadcaster Eddie Doucette co-founded the MACC Fund to help children like Eddie and Karen Doucette’s son Brett who was battling leukemia.  Thanks to Jon and Eddie and their wonderful wives Pam and Karen for daring to dream.  The MACC Fund’s first “success story,” Brett Doucette, is now married and works for a Children’s Hospital in Arizona.  The Bucks have been a steadfast partner under the generous ownership of Jim Fitzgerald until 1985 and Senator Herb Kohl ever since then.  Bucks Vice President John Steinmiller has been a MACC Fund standard bearer from Day One. 

The 35th annual Bucks MACC Fund Game will be Wed. Dec. 21 at the Bradley Center at 7 p.m. vs the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Visit www.bucks.com for tickets. Go Bucks and Thanks Bucks!

We hope you will join us tonight on TODAY’S TMJ4 from 7 – 9 p.m. as we celebrate a “Gift of Hope” which has generated over $40 million of research contributions in Wisconsin playing an important role in helping to raise the overall global cure rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80% during the 35-year life of the MACC Fund.    

Please consider making your Gift of Hope at www.maccfund.org

Thanks for caring for children with cancer and blood disorders and thanks for helping the MACC Fund help kids for the past 35 years.

Gratefully,

John Cary, Executive Director

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