Catie's Gathering

Catie’s Gathering is an inspiring event benefiting Catie’s Fund of CURE Childhood Cancer. This special dinner features unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, live auction, and moving program. Since inception, Catie’s Gathering has grown from one to five separate events in southeast Georgia. To date, Catie’s Fund has raised more than $2.2 million.

The funds raised are invested in CURE’s research initiatives – specifically our Precision Medicine Program which focuses on individualized treatments based upon each child’s genetic make up, and used to support patients and their families in their fight against childhood cancer.

February 18, 2022

The Venues at Trustees’ Garden
The Charles H. Morris Center
10 East Broad St.
Savannah, GA

 If you have any questions about sponsorship or would like more information, please email Jenny Wilkins at [email protected].

Read about last year's event

Where can you find 550 guests gathered on a Friday evening wearing everything from medical scrubs, to camouflage, to flapper costumes all coming together for the same reason… to raise much needed funds for childhood cancer research? No where other than Savannah’s Catie’s Gathering Event benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer!

Savannah showed up in a big way on Friday, February 7th at the Kehoe Ironworks building overlooking the river downtown. Coastal Electrics attended as the event’s Title Sponsor. In addition, many other sponsors, in-kind donors, hospital staff, patient parents, volunteers, table hostesses, and guests were in attendance. Everyone enjoyed a cocktail hour while perusing silent auction items and listening to live music provided by local band, Tell Scarlet. Special thanks to Carlson’s Premier Events for helping make the room look beautiful.

The table hostesses chose a theme or color scheme and created elaborate tablescapes and centerpieces. The hostesses certainly weren’t shy on creativity when they came up with themes like When Life Gives You Lemons, Speakeasy, Fight Hard, Do you Wanna find a CURE (complete with Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman), and a Top Gun tribute; The Need For a CURE.

WSAV reporter, Andrew Davis, served as the nights emcee and Silk Road Catering provided guests with a delicious meal. While it was served, they listened to Jenny Wilkins, Co-Founder of Catie’s Fund, interview three Savannah teens: Seth Rousch, Lauren Stephens, and Lily Stuckey. The teens shared the trials of their cancer journies and what’s been happening in their lives over the past twelve months. Each shared some very difficult stories.

  • When Seth’s disease did not reach remission, he spent months away from home undergoing Car T Cell Therapy and eventually a bone marrow transplant.
  • Lauren’s relapsed stage-4 neuroblastoma didn’t respond to treatment until after she received genetic testing through Precision Medicine and began a clinical trial drug that targeted her genetic mutation. Managing life and treatment as a new college freshman with cancer was difficult. Lauren experienced a setback in her treatment, but she has a positive outlook for the future.
  • Lily’s leukemia treatment has not been easy but meeting a friend with the same diagnosis made cancer more tolerable. Lily shared how her friend, Kylie Shiell, who sat with her at the same event in 2019, passed away a few months earlier.

“Kylie did all her big things in life on the 13th of month,” Lily bravely said. “She was born on September 13, diagnosed with leukemia on April 13, and on November 13, 2019, I lost my cancer bestie.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when a tribute video to Kylie was played and Lily presented a special wooden angel that she painted to Kylie’s mother, Ashley, as a gift.

After an exciting live auction with auctioneer, Kenny Williams, guests left with full bellies and full hearts knowing that Savannah once again rallied together to fund better treatments for the community’s youngest cancer fighters.

“One of my favorite parts of the evening was when Jenny began talking with 18-year-old Lauren,” guest Katie Kelley wrote. “She explained how the treatment that finally worked for Lauren, was a result of the Precision Medicine Program that CURE is funding through events like this!”

Thank you, Savannah, for coming together once again. Everyone did their part to raise $140,000 to improve treatment for children with cancer. We can’t wait until 2021!

February 18, 2022

The Venues at Trustees’ Garden
The Charles H. Morris Center
10 East Broad St.
Savannah, GA

 If you have any questions about sponsorship or would like more information, please email Jenny Wilkins at [email protected].

Read about last year's event

Where can you find 550 guests gathered on a Friday evening wearing everything from medical scrubs, to camouflage, to flapper costumes all coming together for the same reason… to raise much needed funds for childhood cancer research? No where other than Savannah’s Catie’s Gathering Event benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer!

Savannah showed up in a big way on Friday, February 7th at the Kehoe Ironworks building overlooking the river downtown. Coastal Electrics attended as the event’s Title Sponsor. In addition, many other sponsors, in-kind donors, hospital staff, patient parents, volunteers, table hostesses, and guests were in attendance. Everyone enjoyed a cocktail hour while perusing silent auction items and listening to live music provided by local band, Tell Scarlet. Special thanks to Carlson’s Premier Events for helping make the room look beautiful.

The table hostesses chose a theme or color scheme and created elaborate tablescapes and centerpieces. The hostesses certainly weren’t shy on creativity when they came up with themes like When Life Gives You Lemons, Speakeasy, Fight Hard, Do you Wanna find a CURE (complete with Frozen’s Olaf the Snowman), and a Top Gun tribute; The Need For a CURE.

WSAV reporter, Andrew Davis, served as the nights emcee and Silk Road Catering provided guests with a delicious meal. While it was served, they listened to Jenny Wilkins, Co-Founder of Catie’s Fund, interview three Savannah teens: Seth Rousch, Lauren Stephens, and Lily Stuckey. The teens shared the trials of their cancer journies and what’s been happening in their lives over the past twelve months. Each shared some very difficult stories.

  • When Seth’s disease did not reach remission, he spent months away from home undergoing Car T Cell Therapy and eventually a bone marrow transplant.
  • Lauren’s relapsed stage-4 neuroblastoma didn’t respond to treatment until after she received genetic testing through Precision Medicine and began a clinical trial drug that targeted her genetic mutation. Managing life and treatment as a new college freshman with cancer was difficult. Lauren experienced a setback in her treatment, but she has a positive outlook for the future.
  • Lily’s leukemia treatment has not been easy but meeting a friend with the same diagnosis made cancer more tolerable. Lily shared how her friend, Kylie Shiell, who sat with her at the same event in 2019, passed away a few months earlier.

“Kylie did all her big things in life on the 13th of month,” Lily bravely said. “She was born on September 13, diagnosed with leukemia on April 13, and on November 13, 2019, I lost my cancer bestie.”

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when a tribute video to Kylie was played and Lily presented a special wooden angel that she painted to Kylie’s mother, Ashley, as a gift.

After an exciting live auction with auctioneer, Kenny Williams, guests left with full bellies and full hearts knowing that Savannah once again rallied together to fund better treatments for the community’s youngest cancer fighters.

“One of my favorite parts of the evening was when Jenny began talking with 18-year-old Lauren,” guest Katie Kelley wrote. “She explained how the treatment that finally worked for Lauren, was a result of the Precision Medicine Program that CURE is funding through events like this!”

Thank you, Savannah, for coming together once again. Everyone did their part to raise $140,000 to improve treatment for children with cancer. We can’t wait until 2021!

March 26, 2022

 If you have any questions about sponsorship or would like more information, please email Jenny Wilkins at [email protected].

Read about last year's event

The 11th annual Catie’s Gathering Effingham was held on March 20th, but things looked a bit different this year. Unable to gather everyone in one location due to COVID precautions, hostesses got creative and invited close friends to get together in small groups. They still decorated beautifully and helped raise funds for childhood cancer research. The event benefits Catie’s Fund, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer.

Hostesses are always the champions of this event, and this was even more true this year. They had to adjust to all the changes brought on by switching to a virtual event. But they rolled with it and helped make this year’s event a huge success.  They created beautiful spaces for their guests to enjoy the evening, picked dinners up (provided by the amazing team at Simply Southern), kept guests informed, and made sure the night was a success. Their flexibility and willingness to stick with it this year made a huge impact on the event’s success.

Additionally, sponsors made a huge difference in the success of the night. Their donations in a time of financial difficulty for so many felt even more generous than usual. In particular, the McGraley Company, Chick-fil-A Rincon, and the schools in Effingham County stepped up in big ways to support kids battling cancer.

The program was put together by the great team at Kaufman-Heinz. It included a fun drop-in from country music’s Hannah Dasher and auction promos from local faces. Carter’s Story, filmed and produced by Josh Jasso Films, gave guests a peek into the difficulties of treatment for sweet Carter and showed how CURE has impacted and supported his family.

While the night was different because guests were scattered in fifty plus locations across the county, the community spirit could still be felt. Guests often say their favorite part of the event is the fellowship of the evening and spending time with friends for a good cause. This year’s event proved that we don’t have to be together to work together to make a difference!

Thank you, Effingham County, for once again stepping up and giving generously. You raised more than $146,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer.  You are making a difference in the fight.

Jenny Wilkins, Special Events Manager

March 26, 2022

 If you have any questions about sponsorship or would like more information, please email Jenny Wilkins at [email protected].

Read about last year's event

The 11th annual Catie’s Gathering Effingham was held on March 20th, but things looked a bit different this year. Unable to gather everyone in one location due to COVID precautions, hostesses got creative and invited close friends to get together in small groups. They still decorated beautifully and helped raise funds for childhood cancer research. The event benefits Catie’s Fund, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer.

Hostesses are always the champions of this event, and this was even more true this year. They had to adjust to all the changes brought on by switching to a virtual event. But they rolled with it and helped make this year’s event a huge success.  They created beautiful spaces for their guests to enjoy the evening, picked dinners up (provided by the amazing team at Simply Southern), kept guests informed, and made sure the night was a success. Their flexibility and willingness to stick with it this year made a huge impact on the event’s success.

Additionally, sponsors made a huge difference in the success of the night. Their donations in a time of financial difficulty for so many felt even more generous than usual. In particular, the McGraley Company, Chick-fil-A Rincon, and the schools in Effingham County stepped up in big ways to support kids battling cancer.

The program was put together by the great team at Kaufman-Heinz. It included a fun drop-in from country music’s Hannah Dasher and auction promos from local faces. Carter’s Story, filmed and produced by Josh Jasso Films, gave guests a peek into the difficulties of treatment for sweet Carter and showed how CURE has impacted and supported his family.

While the night was different because guests were scattered in fifty plus locations across the county, the community spirit could still be felt. Guests often say their favorite part of the event is the fellowship of the evening and spending time with friends for a good cause. This year’s event proved that we don’t have to be together to work together to make a difference!

Thank you, Effingham County, for once again stepping up and giving generously. You raised more than $146,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer.  You are making a difference in the fight.

Jenny Wilkins, Special Events Manager

April 2022. Date TBD

The Belle House
380 Westside Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

Read about a past event

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it really does take a community of supporters to make the child’s family feel loved and supported. Statesboro mom Jody Polk knows this first hand. When her daughter, Anna Hays, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two, the Polks’ family, friends, and the entire community rallied on her behalf. Jody’s desire to give back to other families facing a similar diagnosis was evident at the Statesboro Sisters on Journey Dinner on April 13. About 350 guests gathered at The Belle House, a beautiful venue that was perfect for the evening. Hostesses creatively decorated their tables in a variety of themes and every single table was unique and beautiful. Tears filled Jody’s eyes as she kicked of the 2019 event by dedicating the evening to the memory of sweet Morgan Frison, a four- year-old Statesboro girl who passed away in November due to complications from her cancer treatment.

“Morgan’s life held such beautiful potential,” Jody said. “She had such a future and her it was her treatment, not her cancer, that ultimately killed her. We want her family to know that precious Morgan and the thousands of children like her are the reason that CURE will continue to raise funds and push for less harsh treatments created specifically for children.”

Savannah band, Tell Scarlet, provided musical entertainment as guests mingled and checked out table decorations and nearly 200 silent auction items on the back porch of The Belle House. Statesboro welcomed emcee Jamie Deen back for the third time. Jamie is son of cooking icon, Paula Deen, and a familiar face in South Georgia. Jamie entertained the guests until a delicious dinner, provided by Honey Catering, was served.

The focus then shifted to the purpose of the evening as Karen Rutherford and her daughter, Katie, took the stage. Karen is CURE’s Patient and Family Services Manager and Katie is a survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma. Both were open and transparent about the difficulties and triumphs of Katie’s battle. They movingly shared some of the toughest things about Katie’s treatment and helped everyone in attendance understand a little more of what it is like to fight cancer as a teenager. Karen wrapped up their story by sharing about the continued need for funding for research for better and more current treatments for kids battling cancer. The evening closed with an exciting live auction hosted by auctioneer, Joe Lanier. It was a beautiful, meaningful night.

We are thrilled to announce that our 2019 Statesboro Sisters on a Journey Event raised $81,000 for Catie’s Fund! These funds will support CURE’s precision medicine initiative, which brings individualized, gene-based treatment to children with cancer. Precision medicine is one of the most promising new areas of research for improving survival rates in children while lessening harsh side effects.

We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors, auction donors, volunteers, and tables hostesses who made this evening so special. Thank you, Statesboro!

Presenting Sponsors for our 2019 Sisters on a Journey Events are The Little Bird Foundation, Memorial Health, Coastal Electric, Savannah Toyota, and The McGraley Company.

April 2022. Date TBD

The Belle House
380 Westside Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

Read about a past event

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it really does take a community of supporters to make the child’s family feel loved and supported. Statesboro mom Jody Polk knows this first hand. When her daughter, Anna Hays, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two, the Polks’ family, friends, and the entire community rallied on her behalf. Jody’s desire to give back to other families facing a similar diagnosis was evident at the Statesboro Sisters on Journey Dinner on April 13. About 350 guests gathered at The Belle House, a beautiful venue that was perfect for the evening. Hostesses creatively decorated their tables in a variety of themes and every single table was unique and beautiful. Tears filled Jody’s eyes as she kicked of the 2019 event by dedicating the evening to the memory of sweet Morgan Frison, a four- year-old Statesboro girl who passed away in November due to complications from her cancer treatment.

“Morgan’s life held such beautiful potential,” Jody said. “She had such a future and her it was her treatment, not her cancer, that ultimately killed her. We want her family to know that precious Morgan and the thousands of children like her are the reason that CURE will continue to raise funds and push for less harsh treatments created specifically for children.”

Savannah band, Tell Scarlet, provided musical entertainment as guests mingled and checked out table decorations and nearly 200 silent auction items on the back porch of The Belle House. Statesboro welcomed emcee Jamie Deen back for the third time. Jamie is son of cooking icon, Paula Deen, and a familiar face in South Georgia. Jamie entertained the guests until a delicious dinner, provided by Honey Catering, was served.

The focus then shifted to the purpose of the evening as Karen Rutherford and her daughter, Katie, took the stage. Karen is CURE’s Patient and Family Services Manager and Katie is a survivor of rhabdomyosarcoma. Both were open and transparent about the difficulties and triumphs of Katie’s battle. They movingly shared some of the toughest things about Katie’s treatment and helped everyone in attendance understand a little more of what it is like to fight cancer as a teenager. Karen wrapped up their story by sharing about the continued need for funding for research for better and more current treatments for kids battling cancer. The evening closed with an exciting live auction hosted by auctioneer, Joe Lanier. It was a beautiful, meaningful night.

We are thrilled to announce that our 2019 Statesboro Sisters on a Journey Event raised $81,000 for Catie’s Fund! These funds will support CURE’s precision medicine initiative, which brings individualized, gene-based treatment to children with cancer. Precision medicine is one of the most promising new areas of research for improving survival rates in children while lessening harsh side effects.

We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors, auction donors, volunteers, and tables hostesses who made this evening so special. Thank you, Statesboro!

Presenting Sponsors for our 2019 Sisters on a Journey Events are The Little Bird Foundation, Memorial Health, Coastal Electric, Savannah Toyota, and The McGraley Company.

September 2022. Date TBD

Palms Plantation
106 Oak Leaf Court
Ellabell, GA

Read about last year's event

This year’s annual Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was held on September 25, but things looked a bit different. The planning committee bravely stepped out and tried something new since gathering in a large group was unsafe. Instead of holding a large event in one location, committee members encouraged hostesses to invite close friends and family into their homes for the evening. The hostesses were fantastic as usual and did just that. The pandemic may have kept everyone from gathering together, but it didn’t stop guests from having a great time and raising money for kids fighting cancer. The event benefits Catie’s Fund, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer.

Hostesses are always the champions of this event. This was even more true this year with the switch to virtual. But they rolled with it and helped make this year’s event a huge success. They decorated beautifully (as they always do), picked up barbecue dinners provided by the amazing team at Third Degree Catering, kept guests informed, and made sure the night was a success. Their flexibility and willingness to stick with it this year made a huge impact on the event’s success.

Additionally, sponsors were a huge part of the success of the night. Their donations in a time of financial difficulty for so many felt even more generous than usual. In particular, Badger Rental, Pope Construction, Burnsed Body Shop, and CUB Enterprises stepped up in big ways to support our efforts.

Kaufman-Heinz handled the production end of things for the virtual event and made everything run smoothly. The familiar faces of Mark Crowe and Auction Alex made appearances in the program, and Angel, Julie, and Lindsay of the planning committee even got in on the fun. Carter’s Story, filmed and produced by Josh Jasso Films, gave guests a peek into the difficulties of treatment for sweet Carter and showed how CURE has impacted and supported his family.

While the night was different because guests were scattered across the county, the community spirit was in evidence just like every year. Guests often say their favorite part of the event is the fellowship of the evening and spending time with friends for a good cause. This year’s event proved that we don’t have to be together to work together to make a difference!

Thank you, Bryan County, for giving generously and showing what can happen when we work together. You raised more than $68,000 and are making a big difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

September 2022. Date TBD

Palms Plantation
106 Oak Leaf Court
Ellabell, GA

Read about last year's event

This year’s annual Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was held on September 25th, but things looked a bit different. The planning committee bravely stepped out and tried something new since gathering in a large group was unsafe. Instead of holding a large event in one location, committee members encouraged hostesses to invite close friends and family into their homes for the evening. The hostesses were fantastic as usual and did just that. The pandemic may have kept everyone from gathering together, but it didn’t stop guests from having a great time and raising money for kids fighting cancer. The event benefits Catie’s Fund, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer.

Hostesses are always the champions of this event. This was even more true this year with the switch to virtual. But they rolled with it and helped make this year’s event a huge success. They decorated beautifully (as they always do), picked up barbecue dinners provided by the amazing team at Third Degree Catering, kept guests informed, and made sure the night was a success. Their flexibility and willingness to stick with it this year made a huge impact on the event’s success.

Additionally, sponsors were a huge part of the success of the night. Their donations in a time of financial difficulty for so many felt even more generous than usual. In particular, Badger Rental, Pope Construction, Burnsed Body Shop, and CUB Enterprises stepped up in big ways to support our efforts.

Kaufman-Heinz handled the production end of things for the virtual event and made everything run smoothly. The familiar faces of Mark Crowe and Auction Alex made appearances in the program, and Angel, Julie, and Lindsay of the planning committee even got in on the fun. Carter’s Story, filmed and produced by Josh Jasso Films, gave guests a peek into the difficulties of treatment for sweet Carter and showed how CURE has impacted and supported his family.

While the night was different because guests were scattered across the county, the community spirit was in evidence just like every year. Guests often say their favorite part of the event is the fellowship of the evening and spending time with friends for a good cause. This year’s event proved that we don’t have to be together to work together to make a difference!

Thank you, Bryan County, for giving generously and showing what can happen when we work together. You raised more than $68,000 and are making a big difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

2021 cancelled.

Check back for information about 2022.

Gin Creek Plantation
251 Demott Road
Hartsfield, GA

2021 cancelled.

Check back for information about 2022.

Gin Creek Plantation
251 Demott Road
Hartsfield, GA

Thank you to all of our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Savannah

Spotlight Sponsors

Hero Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

The Choquettes

Guardian Sponsors

21 South Mini Storage, LLC
AeroDynamic Aviation Incorporated
Cargo Group
Colony Bank
Dock Works
Effingham Smiles Family Dentistry
Flint Equipment
Rincon Elementary School

Scientific Turf, LLC
South Effingham Elementary School
South Effingham High School
Stifel Investment Services
Team Rivers
Thomas Neidlinger Logging, Inc.
Timothy Nease
Total Transport

Supporter Sponsors

Abby Smith
Bouhan Falligant
Friends of Representative Jon Burns
Guyton Elementary School
The Heritage Bank
Michelle Edwards, Realtor
Page International, Inc.
Strategic Healthcare Partners, LLC
Thomas & Hutton
Zipperer, Lorberbaum & Beauvals

Create your own Catie's Gathering

Catie’s Gathering events are unique and special. We are excited to see these events grow to other communities – enabling Catie’s Fund to support even more life-saving research. Catie’s Gathering is a fundraiser, but it is also an opportunity to create awareness about pediatric cancer and point them to Catie’s Fund and CURE Childhood Cancer as a way to fund cures and support families.  CURE staff will work with you to offer best practices and ideas for your program.

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