Nearly 500 people attended an April 15 Kicks for a Cure banquet at the Mutual of Omaha Dome to raise money for research, education and prevention of women’s cancer at Creighton University School of Medicine and University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The event preceded a Sixth Annual Kicks for a Cure soccer day on April 16, when fans were treated to high school- and university-level soccer games, including a nighttime men’s match between Creighton University and St. Louis University.
A total of $181,000 was raised over the course of the weekend, bringing the six-year total to $918,000.
“This year, we had a record turnout at the banquet and raised more money than in any of our first five years,” said Ann Bird, Kicks for a Cure board president. “With more people hearing our message of cancer awareness, we hope that we are touching more lives.”
The board awarded the second Kicks for a Cure Inspiration Award to the Lauritzen family. Creighton soccer player Alicia Montgomery received a Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship.
Proceeds from the dinner and the soccer event are donated through “Liz’s Legacy,” a charitable fund established in the memory of educator Dr. Liz Karnes. Her public struggle with cancer and her involvement with cancer research at both Creighton and UNMC inspired many.
Co-chairs for this year’s event were Shelley and Mike Homa and Gina and Dr. Mack Greder. Honorary chairs of “Kicks for a Cure” were David Karnes and his and the late Liz Karnes’ daughters, Korey, Kalen, Kara and Laurel. First National Bank of Omaha was the presenting sponsor.
Next year’s Kicks for a Cure events will be held April 20-21. For more information, about the organization, visit www.kicksforacure.org.
Pictured are: Photo ID: Kicks for a Cure co-founder and member of Board of Directors Amy Lindsay (with son Jack Lindsay), and honorary chairs Korey Karnes Huyler, Kara Karnes, Laurel Karnes, Kalen Karnes Strickland and David Karnes.