Cancer Awareness Events
ChuckStrong Tailgate Gala
In the fall of 2012, Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Shortly thereafter, the Colts initiated a fund-raising campaign called CHUCKSTRONG. Through the sales of CHUCKSTRONG T-shirts and wrist bands and donations collected for two Colts cheerleaders who shaved their heads, $454,600 was raised as fans were quick to support the campaign. In all, 18,603 T-shirts and 22,038 wrist bands were sold. During the CHUCKSTRONG Tailgate Gala in the spring of 2013, $660,000 was raised through corporate sponsorships, live and silent auctions and a challenge issued by the coach in which he and his wife, Tina, contributed a matching gift of $50,000. In all, more than $1.1 million was raised for the CHUCKSTRONG campaign. Read more.