Thyroid Night Fundraising Events
The fifth annual fundraising event for Kelly's program was held
September 17, 2002. There was a new event format following five
years of patient-targeted fundraising events: a VIP evening for
a select group of corporate sponsors and major patient donors in
a more intimate setting. Guests were treated to a reception at Harbor
Court Hotel, where they enjoyed dinner with Kelly and Cal, and then
adjourned to the Ripken's skybox to enjoy the Orioles game. Major
sponsors of this special event were Abbott Laboratories and Genzyme.
This event raised a record $61,905 to support Kelly's Program. Furthermore,
both logistical planning and expenses were less than in previous
Another fundraising benefit was held July 22, 2003: Thyroid Night
at Ironbirds Stadium. A select group of corporate sponsors were
treated to a pre-game reception with Kelly and Cal and then guests
traveled to Ironbirds Stadium to watch the Aberdeen Ironbirds ballgame
with Kelly and Cal in the Ripken Skybox. Major sponsors of this
special event were Abbott Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics Products
Divisions and Genzyme. This event raised $37,500 for Kelly's program,
and guests were treated to an evening of great fun!
third annual Kelly G. Ripken Program fund raising event, "A
Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards," was held June 14, 2000.
That year a committee of volunteers sold 173 tickets promptly. Knoll
Pharmaceutical Co. was a prominent corporate sponsor. Guests enjoyed
a buffet dinner, followed by an Orioles vs. Texas Rangers ballgame.
Each guest was greeted personally by Kelly, with one special guest,
thyroid cancer patient, Melissa Treas, personally escorted by Kelly
to throw out the first pitch of the ballgame. A highlight of the
year 2000 event was the addition of a silent auction. Guests bid
on items such as a jersey autographed by Cal Ripken Jr. and a 1996
World Series autographed hat from Derek Jeter.
The event raised approximately $25,061 for the program and was
equally successful in generating public awareness of thyroid disorders.
Please check out our scrapbook
of photos from the ballpark.
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors: