Upcoming Fundraising Events & Past Fundraising Totals

June 2018

JR Memorial Cruise for a Cure

Saturday June 23, 2018

Spend the day on Indian Lake cruising for the cure at the 6th annual fundraiser that hosts an amazing cast of Buckeye Greats to include Matt Wilhelm, Tom Cousineau, Anthony Schlegel, Jake Ballard, Butch Smith, Justin Zwick, Dustin Fox, and JJ Sullinger! You just may win a cabin for 2 on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer for attending! Event will have great music, food, and auctions all day long!

Location Mimi's at the Lake- 156 E. Main St, Russells Point, OH 43348

For more information: Visit jrmemorial.com/

July 2018

Cruise-A-Palooza Pre-Game Party

Friday July 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Can’t wait to get your Cruise-A-Palooza weekend going? Head over to the Pastimes Pub & Grille to enjoy some acoustic guitar and piano music from two of our regular Buckeye Cruise performers, The Lovebenders’ Jef Shaffer teams up with Dave Clo, current Nashville resident but Buckeye born!

Location Pastimes Pub & Grill, Crossroads Location, 121 E Campus View Blvd, Columbus, OH 43235

For more information: Email Jeff Schaffer jef@thelovebenders.com

Cruise-A-Palooza weekend Bluebird Cafe North Songwriters Round

Friday July 13, 2018

Join us for an evening of country music with The Songwriters from Nashville! Bryan Kennedy and Wynn Varbel will be performing some of the most famous songs in country music, written by them. You may remember them from a previous Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. Can't make it on Friday? They will be performing at Cruise-A-Palooza on Saturday following this performance! Bryan has written over ten songs that appear on numerous Garth Brooks records, including three #1 radio hits; “Good Ride Cowboy”, “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.” Some of Bryan’s other Garth Brooks cuts include the most recent “Rodeo or Juliet” as well as “Cowboy Cadillac” “The Old Stuff”, “Rodeo or Mexico”, "Meet Me in Love", "Cowgirls Saddle", and “The Fever”. In addition, Bryan served as the opening act for Garth Brooks performing in front of over three million people in two years. Wynn was 2009 Nashville Songwriters Association International “Songwriter of the Year” due in part to his #1 hit for Brad Paisley “Waitin’ On A Woman.” This same song also garnered Varble with the honor of “Song of the Year”. Wynn had his first #1 song "Have You Forgotten" with Darryl Worley in 2003. This song was nominated for “Song of the Year” by the CMA Awards. Wynn’s songs have been cut by a range of great artists, including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Brad Paisley, Darryl Worley, Kellie Pickler, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Jason Sellers, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Clint Daniels, Kevin Denney, Tracy Byrd, The Kinleys, Chris LeDoux, Danni Leigh, Mark Chesnutt and Sammy Kershaw. Also joining the Songwriters are local country songwriters, Evan Blankenship, Chance Danison and Jamison Lantz.



Location Copious-520 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

For more information: Email Mark Puskarich mpuskarich@yahoo.com


Saturday July 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Get together with the musical talent from our Buckeye Cruise for Cancers to reminisce and fundraise for the James and the Buckeye Cruise! We will have The Songwriters from Nashville-Bryan Kennedy and Wynn Varble, local talent Chris Logsdon, AJ Angelo, Dan Orr, The Lovebenders, the OSU Alumni Band and Cheerleaders and all your friends from the ship! The Buckeye Cruise will also give you a fantastic opportunity to win a cabin for 2 on the 2019 BC4C just for buying a ticket, a 50/50 drawing and Buckeye memorabilia in our famous Duck Pond!

Location Flannagan's Dublin-6835 Caine Rd, Columbus, OH 43235

For more information: Email kim.collins@buckeyecruise.com

Spin for a Cure with DJ MDizzle

Saturday July 21, 2018

Join us for the 1st annual Spinning for a Cure, featuring DJ MDizzle, the official Buckeye Cruise for Cancer DJ!!!  There will be all day music, auctions, and other fundraising activity.  This will sure to be a day of fun with fellow Buckeye Cruisers!

Location Bar 145 955 West Fifth Ave, Columbus, OH 43212

For more information: Email Michael Douglas mdouglas@mdizzleentertainment.com

97.1 The Fan Golf Classic

Monday July 23, 2018 at 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the 97.1 The Fan Golf Classic on Monday, July 23rd! This year’s event will be hosted by Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel and will benefit the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. You can join us for one of two shotgun starts and each round is scheduled for a full slate of fun as we raise funds for a great cause. Help us “Tackle All Cancers” and sign up your foursome today!

Click here to learn more and to register: http://www.971thefan.com/2017/05/12/2018-97-1-the-fan-golf-classic/

Location Columbus Country Club-4831 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43213 Tel: 614.861.0800

For more information: Email Scott Prokop scottprokop@radiohio.com

August 2018

Roosters Golf Outing

Friday August 17, 2018

The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is proud to partner once again with our great friends from Roosters for the annual Roosters Golf Outing!  This private golf outing hosts Roosters vendors and supporters for a day of golf, great food, auctions, and Duck Pond!  With more than $127,500 dollars raised for the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer events last year, this ranks up there with the best fundraisers of the year! We are super proud of the Roosters Team and all they do to support The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and The James.  And how about those wings???? Best in town!

Location Golf Club of Dublin

For more information:

Kuhlwein Farms Night at the Races

Saturday August 18, 2018

This is a family-friendly event down on Kuhlwein’s farm. Come join us for amazing food, music, great auctions and virtual horse racing, all for charity!

Location Kuhlwein Farms, 8579 Long Rd, Ostrander, OH 43061

For more information: Email kuhlweinfarms@aol.com


Saturday August 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Schottenstein Real Estate Group and AccellWell presents the 2nd annual WELLFest, your premier event for health and fitness inspiration at The Columbus Commons in Downtown Columbus, OH from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 18, 2018. Take fitness classes, learn from passionate instructors, enjoy the healthy eats and most of all, fuel your mind, body, and soul! The cost will be $30 per person and all proceeds will go to The Urban and Shelly Meyer Cancer fund.


Location The Columbus Commons-160 S. High Street. Columbus OH 43215

For more information: Visit www.columbuswellfest.com/

Joe's Kick-Off College Football Party

Saturday August 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kick-off College Football with Joe's amazing party! Food and Refreshments will all be provided. The pool is open so towels and suits are recommended. This is a way to bring together many college football fanatics, with love for many different programs!

Location 1117 Wimberly Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

For more information: Email runner1j@gmail.com

Lucky 6 Party

Saturday August 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the 2nd Annual Lucky 6 Party, 6 hours of fun, 6 days till' Buckeye football, 6 months till' cruising, which is a fundraiser benefiting the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer! We will have a silent auction and duck pond. We will have musical performances by Steve Rosenbeck and Dave Clo! Please follow and check out our Facebook for constant updates at Lucky's Grille & Billiards. Please come out and support a great cause and help us reach our $15,000 goal! Go Bucks! Beat Cancer!

Location 5387 Roberts Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

For more information: Email Nathan Smith nate.smith3672@gmail.com

Papa John's 2nd Annual Charity Challenge

Monday August 27, 2018

Papa John’s has always strived to support their communities and be a champion for those in need. As part of these efforts, Papa John’s Columbus is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Papa John’s Charity Challenge. Join us at the beautiful Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio for 18 holes of golf, local sports celebrities, lunch, dinner, silent and live auction, a $5000 raffle giveaway and a special program.

Location Medallion Golf Club-5000 Club Dr, Westerville, OH 43082

For more information: Visit www.papajohnscolumbus.com/charity-challenge/event/

September 2018

Travel Partners Specialty Tours- OSU Buckeyes vs. TCU Trip!

Saturday September 15, 2018

We are heading to Texas to watch the Buckeyes take on TCU at Jerry's World!  More information to follow.

Location Arlington, TX

For more information: Call Travel Partners (614)792-6204

Travel Partners Specialty Tours-OSU Buckeyes vs. Penn State Trip!

Saturday September 29, 2018

Join us to watch the Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions in one of the loudest college stadiums in America!  The traditions rival those of the Buckeyes, but we will be sure to come home with a win!  More information to follow.

Location Beaver Stadium- University Park, Pennsylvania

For more information: Call Travel Partners (614)792-6204

Buckeyes Beating Cancer Golf Outing with Craigen Pappas

Sunday September 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM

This event serves as a fundraiser for the Urban and Shelly Meyer Fund at the James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital through the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. All proceeds will go directly to the fund. Entry fee is $100 per player which includes golf, cart, and cookout buffet after golf. Join us for fun and fundraising and win some fabulous prizes. Registration is at 12:30. Dinner follows golf.

Location Heritage Golf Club -3525 Heritage Club Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026

For more information: Email Craigen Pappas craigen.pappas@clubcorp.com

October 2018

St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer

Saturday October 13, 2018

This annual tailgate event will host a day of fun, live musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, OSU football on the big screen and a 5K walk/run. We are joined by OSU's Alumni Cheerleaders and members of the Alumni Band! So book a hotel room around town and stay for the weekend!

Location F.O.E.-404 E. Spring St., St. Marys, OH 45885

For more information: Visit www.tailgateforcancer.com/

Travel Partners Specialty Tours -OSU Buckeyes vs. Purdue Trip!

Saturday October 20, 2018

Join us for the Buckeyes vs. the Purdue Boilermakers.  See the world's largest base drum during Purdue game activities, it stands 10 feet tall on it's field carriage and has 4 band handlers, with two beating the drum!  So many college traditions to enjoy here.

Location Ross-Ade Stadium -West Lafayette, Indiana

For more information: Call Travel Partners (614)792-6204

The OSU 4 Miler

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Ohio State 4 Miler is the largest four-mile race in the United States with a sold-out field of 15,000 runners and walkers last year. The 6th Annual Ohio State 4 Miler will be held at 10am on Sunday, October 28 at Ohio Stadium. Can't make it to Columbus on Oct. 28? No problem. The Ohio State 4 Miler will again offer a VIRTUAL RUN in 2018! Simply run or walk four miles on Oct. 28 wherever you are. We will then ship your Official Event Shirt and Official Finisher’s Medal to you approximately two weeks after the race. And we have the most incredible race medals EVER seen!  Photo shown is from our 2016 race!

Location Ohio Stadium West Lot

For more information: Visit www.ohiostatefourmiler.com/

November 2018

Buckeye Spectacular of Trees

Friday November 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Join us for our second annual Buckeye Spectacular of Trees, an extravagant holiday auction of designer themed trees and wreaths, fabulous food, and entertainment!  Held at the Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium, you will go home with a commemorative photo with Brutus on the 50-yard line of the most spectacular football field in college football.  To learn more about this event, or to be a Sponsor, call the office.

Location Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium

For more information: Email Kim Collins kim.collins@buckeyecruise.com

Travel Partners Specialty Tours -OSU Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Trip!

Saturday November 10, 2018

The Buckeyes are heading north and we are going with them to watch our guys beat Sparty!  More information to follow.

Location Spartan Stadium -East Lansing, MI

For more information: Call Travel Partners (614)792-6204



Dollars Raised by our Fundraising Partners!

(March 2017-February 2018)

We are so very grateful for all of our Buckeye Cruise for Cancer volunteers and community partners who raise money throughout the year to support the cruise and cancer research efforts at OSUCCC -James. On the upcoming 2019 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer we will recognize these fundraisers during a check parade on the pool deck. With multiple events held throughout the year, we expect to surpass our Community Partner fundraising goal of $1.1 Million before we sail in February, 2019! Thank you to each and every one of you that organized, volunteered or supported one of these events!

Event Amount Raised
97.1 The Fan Football for Females $3962.00
97.1 The Fan Golf Classic $18,771.11
Aces Against Cancer $5,000.00
AJ Angelo's Music Marathon $25,367.54
ATO Casino Night $50,797.62
Bend Active $11365.38
Buckeye Country Superfest 50/50 $19,587.00
Care Heating & Cooling $16,500.00
Cindy Oliveri's Spaghetti Dinner $682.00
Cordle Cares Foundation $5,000.00
Craigen Pappas' Buckeyes Beating Cancer Golf Outing $8,379.00
Cruise-A-Palooza $39,918.00
Cruisin with Cooz $2,650.00
Custom Creations for a Cure (Michael & Suzanne Hoelscher) $250.00
Dr. Stephen Burke's Super-Lympics! $1876.00
Dustin Fox Cornhole Invitational $7559.95
Eddie Kline Invitational $2000.00
FBA's Spikes for a Cure $1,600.00
Joe's Annual College Football Kickoff Party $175.00
JR Memorial Cruise for a Cure $181,397.00
Kuhlwein Farms Night at the Races $30,055.00
Lawn Doctor $250.00
Lisa Lisa Jewelry $481.00
Lucky 6 party $10,566
Nickles Bakery $10,000.00
Night at the Races-Denise Panak & Gayle Beighley $3,110.00
Not Forgotten's Night at the Races $17,000.00
OSU 4 Miler $25,000.00
Papa John's Charity Challenge $70,365.00
Party for the Cure $6,222.00
Pulling for a Cure $21,679.00
Roosters Golf Outing $127,500.00
Royal Caribbean $10,000.00
Sawmill Athletic Club Spin Event $1,000.00
Scoonie's Cornhole for Cancer $42,950.00
Sip & Paint Party with Gayle Beighley $300
Skyline at Tailgate for a Cause $7000.00
St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer $112000.00
Stokey Poker $4,600.00
The Difference USA $1,560.00
The Ohio Eggfest $40,492.00
Tri-County OSU Alumni Club of the Village $5600.00
Welcome to the Jungle, AJ & Laura Hawk $217081.56

Thank You St. Marys Tailgate for Cancer

for another record breaking year of fundraising!

ST. Marys Banner

The results are in from this year's Tailgate for Cancer. The event held last month at St. Marys Eagles lodge brought in a record amount of money. Here's the breakdown:

  • $105,000 to Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
  • $22,000 to Auglaize County Cancer Association
  • $14,000 to Mercer County Cancer Association
  • $13,000 to The County Crippled Children Association

Total Donations to Date: $543,950

Planning is already underway for next year's Tailgate for Cancer scheduled for the St. Marys Eagles on October 14th and 15th. For more information, see http://www.tailgateforcancer.com

Roosters Fundraising Tops Previous Years!

Roosters Logo

Congratulations and Thank You to Roosters for raising this year $115K for the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer from their golf outing and cookie sales at their Roosters locations!!!!! Visit one of their multiple stores, or RoostersWings.com to learn more. 

Roosters Cast Photo