After a three-year hiatus, CURE Childhood Cancer, the only organization providing financial and emotional support to local children and families while raising funds to further critical research specifically for pediatric oncology, is bringing back the much anticipated Catie’s Gathering to Statesboro, Georgia.
The two-day event will begin with the Catie's Gathering Golf Tournament on Thursday, March 9, at the Forest Heights Country Club at 3772 Country Club Road, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Lunch will be served at noon, preceding the shotgun start at 1 p.m.
On Saturday, March 11, the Catie's Gathering event will continue with an inspiring dinner being served at the country club. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and guests will be seated for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Statesboro childhood cancer survivor Greyson Kennedy will provide remarks at the dinner. The program will also include a live and silent auction, a raffle, and a band.
Since its inception, Catie’s Gathering has expanded from one to five event locations in South Georgia. In addition to Statesboro, Catie’s Gatherings are also held in Bryan County, Effingham County, Moultrie, and Savannah. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised $3 million. This is the fourth Catie’s Gathering in Statesboro.
Funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically the Precision Medicine program, which focuses on individualized treatments based on each child’s genetic makeup. The funds are also used to offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.
The last Catie's Gathering in Statesboro was held in 2019, but the event was temporarily suspended due to pandemic safety concerns.
"We are thrilled to be back in Statesboro with the exciting addition of the golf tournament," said Mandy Garola, vice president of CURE in South Georgia. "Catie's Gathering continues to grow because of our supportive and loving community. We are so grateful to those who make Catie's Gatherings possible - our hosts, sponsors, donors and volunteers."
Sponsors of Catie’s Gathering Statesboro include Little Bird Foundation, Aerotech Machining, and the Roderick Group.
To register a golf team or individual player or purchase a hole sponsorship, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/unc/.
To participate in the silent auction or donate directly to Catie's Gathering, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/tg8/.
CURE Childhood Cancer is working for a cure by funding research exclusively for childhood cancer and supporting families affected by the disease. Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in how they grow and spread, how they are treated, and how they respond to treatment. More than 17,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year, and incidence rates are increasing yearly. Despite cancer being the leading cause of death by disease in children, only six cancer drugs have been developed and approved specifically for children in the last 25 years.