$1 Million Raised for Cancer Research

On Saturday, September 27th, 240 people attended the Annual Hope Soiree at the Sunset Hills Country Club dressed to the nines in 1920’s style garb. The event boasted a fabulous dinner, interactive auction and dancing to the sounds of 1920’s style music by Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes. The event was dedicated to the organization’s late Chairman and Founder Allen Cassens, who lost his battle with cancer on June 13, 2014.


Now in its tenth year, the foundation reached a monumental goal, raising $1 million for cancer research. On November 3rd, Allison’s Hope Foundation presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. MCCRC Strategic Development Director, Pat Brown, said “Today was a celebration for all cancer patients who, through cutting edge research, were given another chance for extended survival.  Without the focus, determination  and generosity of Allison’s Hope Foundation over the past 10 years, this would not have been possible for many patients. Allison and her foundation have truly changed lives!”


Coming off this great success the foundation is already planning future events. The Annual Golf Outing for the Hope Foundation is scheduled for June 8th, 2015. Board member and Golf Outing chairman Scott Wetzel anticipates building on the success of the previous years. Allison’s Hope Foundation is projected to raise more than $15,000 at the event, eclipsing last year’s $10,000. For more information on this event, contact Scott Wetzel at golf@allisonshope.com


Allison’s Hope Foundation is currently auctioning an authentically restored 1964 Chrysler Imperial Convertible. The car was donated by the Allen Cassens estate and all proceeds go to funding cancer research. The bidding ends February 1, 2015.  You can place your bid today at www.allisonshope.com/imperial


The foundation also has an ongoing effort raising money throughout the United States. In partnership with Cassens Transport and Volvo, Allison’s Hope Foundation launched the HaulHope effort. A Volvo auto transport truck and trailer was painted pink and emblazoned with Allison’s Hope


Foundation and HaulHope graphics. The rig is hard to miss. For this initiative, truck drivers were selected not by seniority, but because they are cancer survivors or have family members battling cancer. A portion of the proceeds the truck generates goes to fund cancer research. To learn more about this effort and to see where the truck has been, visit www.haulhope.com We encourage people to take a pic of the truck if they see it parked, and send it to us at info@allisonshope.com


“We have a lot going on” Adam Celuch, Marketing Director for Allison’s Hope Foundation said. “Over the next year, and into the future we have plans to increase our exposure. We plan to provide a few new local events and collaborate with other local foundations to give our faithful supporters more opportunities for getting involved. It is an exciting time for us. We plan to use the loss of our founder as new inspiration. Allen Cassens was truly an inspiring man, in all aspects of life. We now have Allen and Allison’s high standards to honor and we accept their challenge to find a cure for cancer.”