Charlotte, NC (May 31, 2019) – The American Cornhole League (ACL), the originator of competitive cornhole, is pleased to announce ACL Charity Day to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and local cancer-related charities. The ACL is asking all of its directors, players and partners to get involved by creating a benefit tournament or challenge on July 21st, 2019. The aim is to support the incredible work that the SU2C has done in accelerating the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.
1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, with more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the US alone. The American Cornhole League is dedicated to raising funds for SU2C to combat this disease. The funds will support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs, including SU2C’s signature “Dream Teams” of investigators from different institutions who are working together collaboratively so cancer patients may become long-term survivors.
“We have witnessed tremendous growth in cornhole-related charity events and wanted to start directing the positive impact our sport has on charities,” said Stacey Moore, Commissioner and Founder of the American Cornhole League. “Creating one day where the cornhole community can come together to fight cancer has been a personal goal of mine. I lost my father to cancer, my wife lost her mother to cancer, my mom is a 2x survivor and a couple of ACL Pros have recently won the fight. Cancer directly touches everyone at some point. The ACL is extremely excited to establish one day to raise as much money as we can for SU2C and local cancer-related charities.”
“We’re thrilled to be the national beneficiary of the inaugural ACL Charity Day,” said Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, president and CEO of SU2C. “Everyone can make a difference and we can’t wait to see how the cornhole community comes together to support SU2C and local charities to help end cancer as we know it.”
More details will be released in the coming days that will provide ACL players and directors with information on how they can run sanctioned charity fundraiser tournaments. Also on July 21st, 2019, 8 ACL Pros will travel to Los Angeles to compete in an ACL Pro/Celebrity Pro-Am event benefiting SU2C. More details on this event will also be released in the coming days.
About Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention and to highlight progress being made in the fight against the disease. As of April 2019, more than 1,600 scientists representing more than 180 institutions are involved in SU2C-funded research projects.. Under the direction of its Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, SU2C conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and ensure collaboration across research programs.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C’s president and CEO.
For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit StandUpToCancer.org.
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