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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 $2.8 million.

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

February 24, 2023

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

Read about the most recent event

It’s been two years since we could have an in-person Catie’s Gathering event. Catie’s Gathering Savannah, presented by Coastal Electric, brought us back in gear in a big way. It was so good to be together on March 11, when more than 500 people gathered at the Kehoe Ironworks to raise money for childhood cancer research and enjoy a special evening together.

“Driving home last night, I was trying to pick a favorite moment, and I couldn’t,” said Catie’s mother, Jenny Wilkins. “There were so many moments that made me laugh, others that moved me to tears, some that made me cheer, and some that just warmed my heart.”

CURE vice-president Mandy Garola started the Savannah Catie’s Gathering nine years ago. There are so many reasons it continues to grow – not the least of which are the sponsors, committee members, volunteers, staff, hostesses, vendors, donors, and guests.

Mark and Robin Myers shared their beautiful Kylie’s story. Carlson & Co. and Kaufman-Heinz made everything work seamlessly. Holly Webb handled the technology while the Junkyard Angels warmed us up with great music. The evening’s host, Andrew Davis, kept the evening flowing, and auctioneer Kenny Williams did an amazing job.

“I’ve been trying all day to put last night into words, and it’s nearly impossible,” said Mandy. “The growth that we’ve seen at Catie’s Gathering – Savannah is tremendous, and last night was the best event we’ve ever had. Looking around that room and seeing my friends, family, survivors, current families on treatment, and special people from all my worlds colliding just warmed my heart.”

Catie’s Gathering is having a tremendous impact on children with cancer. Money raised funds CURE’s Precision Medicine Program, which seeks to bring genetic therapies to children.

“When Catie was sick, precision medicine wasn’t an option for kids battling cancer,” Jenny said. “I will always wonder if it would have made a difference for her. The good news is that it is becoming an option for more and more kids battling high risk and relapsed cancers. I truly believe this is the future of pediatric cancer treatment, and I pray it’s the way we finally defeat this awful disease. Thank you to all who supported the event to take us another step closer.”

The 2022 Catie’s Gathering Savannah raised $188,825 – the highest total ever. Thank you to all who made this evening possible.

February 24, 2023

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

Read about the most recent event

It’s been two years since we could have an in-person Catie’s Gathering event. Catie’s Gathering Savannah, presented by Coastal Electric, brought us back in gear in a big way. It was so good to be together on March 11, when more than 500 people gathered at the Kehoe Ironworks to raise money for childhood cancer research and enjoy a special evening together.

“Driving home last night, I was trying to pick a favorite moment, and I couldn’t,” said Catie’s mother, Jenny Wilkins. “There were so many moments that made me laugh, others that moved me to tears, some that made me cheer, and some that just warmed my heart.”

CURE vice-president Mandy Garola started the Savannah Catie’s Gathering nine years ago. There are so many reasons it continues to grow – not the least of which are the sponsors, committee members, volunteers, staff, hostesses, vendors, donors, and guests.

Mark and Robin Myers shared their beautiful Kylie’s story. Carlson & Co. and Kaufman-Heinz made everything work seamlessly. Holly Webb handled the technology while the Junkyard Angels warmed us up with great music. The evening’s host, Andrew Davis, kept the evening flowing, and auctioneer Kenny Williams did an amazing job.

“I’ve been trying all day to put last night into words, and it’s nearly impossible,” said Mandy. “The growth that we’ve seen at Catie’s Gathering – Savannah is tremendous, and last night was the best event we’ve ever had. Looking around that room and seeing my friends, family, survivors, current families on treatment, and special people from all my worlds colliding just warmed my heart.”

Catie’s Gathering is having a tremendous impact on children with cancer. Money raised funds CURE’s Precision Medicine Program, which seeks to bring genetic therapies to children.

“When Catie was sick, precision medicine wasn’t an option for kids battling cancer,” Jenny said. “I will always wonder if it would have made a difference for her. The good news is that it is becoming an option for more and more kids battling high risk and relapsed cancers. I truly believe this is the future of pediatric cancer treatment, and I pray it’s the way we finally defeat this awful disease. Thank you to all who supported the event to take us another step closer.”

The 2022 Catie’s Gathering Savannah raised $188,825 – the highest total ever. Thank you to all who made this evening possible.

March 9, 2023 – Golf Tournament
March 11, 2023 – Catie’s Gathering

Forest Heights Country Club
3772 Country Club Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

Read about the most recent 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.

March 9, 2023 – Golf Tournament
March 11, 2023 – Catie’s Gathering

Forest Heights Country Club
3772 Country Club Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

Read about the most recent 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.

March 25, 2023

Clarence Morgan Gym
1750 GA-21 S
Springfield, GA

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

Read about the most recent event

Catie’s Gathering Effingham, presented by Carlson & Co., was back as an in-person event (held at the Clarence Morgan Gym in Springfield) this year. Thanks to the tremendous way the community supports this event – it was an amazing night. In addition to sponsoring, Carlson & Co. helped with planning and logistics for the event and supplied tables, chairs, and the evening’s décor. Long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event.

For the first time in Effingham, there was a VIP tent for sponsors and special guests to kick the night off. Delicious appetizers and a beautiful charcuterie board, both provided by Southern Kafe on 17, and music from Lyn Avenue, set the tone for a fun time in the VIP tent. Meanwhile, guests in the main venue were checking out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perusing auction items while enjoying music from Tell Scarlett. A delicious meal from Simply Southern Catering led us into the next part of our evening, which included door prizes, an incredible live auction (complete with a puppy, a trip, and more being auctioned off), and two exciting raffle drawings. Former board president for CURE Childhood Cancer, Janet Street, shared her family’s journey through childhood cancer with Cam, a young man gone far too young. While Cam’s story has a tragic ending, Janet shared about his joy despite difficulties and how her family has found a way to move forward after their incredible loss.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering event to date – an astounding $340,000! Thank you, Effingham County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

March 25, 2023

Clarence Morgan Gym
1750 GA-21 S
Springfield, GA

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

Read about the most recent event

Catie’s Gathering Effingham, presented by Carlson & Co., was back as an in-person event (held at the Clarence Morgan Gym in Springfield) this year. Thanks to the tremendous way the community supports this event – it was an amazing night. In addition to sponsoring, Carlson & Co. helped with planning and logistics for the event and supplied tables, chairs, and the evening’s décor. Long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event.

For the first time in Effingham, there was a VIP tent for sponsors and special guests to kick the night off. Delicious appetizers and a beautiful charcuterie board, both provided by Southern Kafe on 17, and music from Lyn Avenue, set the tone for a fun time in the VIP tent. Meanwhile, guests in the main venue were checking out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perusing auction items while enjoying music from Tell Scarlett. A delicious meal from Simply Southern Catering led us into the next part of our evening, which included door prizes, an incredible live auction (complete with a puppy, a trip, and more being auctioned off), and two exciting raffle drawings. Former board president for CURE Childhood Cancer, Janet Street, shared her family’s journey through childhood cancer with Cam, a young man gone far too young. While Cam’s story has a tragic ending, Janet shared about his joy despite difficulties and how her family has found a way to move forward after their incredible loss.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering event to date – an astounding $340,000! Thank you, Effingham County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

Read about the most recent event

Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was back in person this year. The event was held at the beautiful Palms Plantation on September 17. Thanks to a hard-working planning committee and the tremendous way the community supports this event – it was a fantastic night.

Before dinner and the program, guests checked out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perused auction items. Table themes included The Golden Girls, Yellowstone, the Masters, and more. The planning committee handled the catering, and long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event. There were fun door prizes and an incredibly exciting live auction that highlighted the generosity of the Bryan County community. This year’s program included Tim Traywick sharing a bit about his daughter Mallory’s battle with cancer. Bev Rousch was also on hand to share how CURE’s support of research is helping kids like her son, Seth, beat cancer. The program wrapped up with an amazing performance by Cirque Savannah.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering Bryan County event by bringing in $90,500! Thank you, Bryan County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

Read about the most recent event

Catie’s Gathering Bryan County was back in person this year. The event was held at the beautiful Palms Plantation on September 17. Thanks to a hard-working planning committee and the tremendous way the community supports this event – it was a fantastic night.

Before dinner and the program, guests checked out the tables, beautifully decorated by our hostesses, and perused auction items. Table themes included The Golden Girls, Yellowstone, the Masters, and more. The planning committee handled the catering, and long-time CURE partners Kaufman-Heinz handled all audio-visual needs for the event. There were fun door prizes and an incredibly exciting live auction that highlighted the generosity of the Bryan County community. This year’s program included Tim Traywick sharing a bit about his daughter Mallory’s battle with cancer. Bev Rousch was also on hand to share how CURE’s support of research is helping kids like her son, Seth, beat cancer. The program wrapped up with an amazing performance by Cirque Savannah.

The event raised more than any other Catie’s Gathering Bryan County event by bringing in $90,500! Thank you, Bryan County, for your generous spirit and for coming out to enjoy a great night!

Read about the most recent event

The inaugural Catie’s Gathering Moultrie was held on November 5 at Lily Pond Farm, a wonderful venue that was generously donated for the evening. Nearly 200 were in attendance, and many guests were families affected by childhood cancer. The evening began with a cocktail hour where guests could mingle, look at the beautifully decorated tables, and enjoy fantastic music from Josh Pridemore. Dinner was donated by Gay Foods and was a delicious menu of seafood and chicken pasta, Aunt Nancy’s Asparagus Casserole, and salad.

The program started with Jenny Wilkins, the co-founder of Catie’s Fund, sharing staggering facts about the lack of funding for childhood cancers. Kristin Connor, CEO of CURE, then delivered news of exciting Precision Medicine research that CURE is funding. An incredible $41,000 was raised at this inaugural event. The funds raised will be 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 also offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors: Albany Beverage Company, Ameris Bank, Procom Sales, Lasseter Motors, Judy and Mark Mobley, South GA Crop Insurance Inc, Stone’s Home Center, Amber and Chip Sumner, and Carolyn and Stan Sumner.

Read about the most recent event

The inaugural Catie’s Gathering Moultrie was held on November 5 at Lily Pond Farm, a wonderful venue that was generously donated for the evening. Nearly 200 were in attendance, and many guests were families affected by childhood cancer. The evening began with a cocktail hour where guests could mingle, look at the beautifully decorated tables, and enjoy fantastic music from Josh Pridemore. Dinner was donated by Gay Foods and was a delicious menu of seafood and chicken pasta, Aunt Nancy’s Asparagus Casserole, and salad.

The program started with Jenny Wilkins, the co-founder of Catie’s Fund, sharing staggering facts about the lack of funding for childhood cancers. Kristin Connor, CEO of CURE, then delivered news of exciting Precision Medicine research that CURE is funding. An incredible $41,000 was raised at this inaugural event. The funds raised will be 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 also offer general support to patients and their families fighting childhood cancer.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors: Albany Beverage Company, Ameris Bank, Procom Sales, Lasseter Motors, Judy and Mark Mobley, South GA Crop Insurance Inc, Stone’s Home Center, Amber and Chip Sumner, and Carolyn and Stan Sumner.

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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