Fighting Irish not so lucky in fundraiser
By Susan DeMar Lafferty email@example.com September 13, 2013 11:40PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:52AM
Due to low ticket sales, the Lincoln-Way All That Glitters Dinner Dance originally slated for Sept. 21 at the Joliet Country Club to benefit Dani’s Foundation has been rescheduled as a virtual benefit and online auction in November.
Ticket sales did not reach the totals needed, said Martha Simmons, the foundation’s executive director. While there is a “lot of support” for Dani’s Foundation in this area, Simmons cited the economy and a conflicting date with a Notre Dame football game as reasons for low ticket sales.
Notre Dame is scheduled to play Michigan State in South Bend, Ind. that weekend.
Dani’s Foundation raises awareness and funds to support research for pediatric sartoma, a rare cancer. This was the first year for the benefit, and tickets were selling for $125 per person and $200 per couple, Simmons said.
Event coordinator Joyce Condon of Manhattan was successful with the Digging for Donna volleyball benefit tournament every March at St. Xavier University for 10 years, initially to benefit her sister who died of sartoma, and later Dani’s Foundation, Simmons said. With the virtual benefit, “no has to get dressed up or hire a baby sitter,” she said.
Supporters can stay home and bid on auction items. The exact dates of the online auction will be announced later.
“These events have been very successful for Dani’s Foundation,” Simmons said. “While we are saddened to reschedule the benefit, we are working on something else for next year.”
For more information, visit www.danisfoundation.org.