Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Our Mission

For 17 years, MMA Southeast has been hosting the Charity Classic to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and has raised over $3.5 million towards the Butterfly Fund. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment at partnering medical facilities. This all started when Walt Rowson, one of our Employee Health and Benefit producers approached Gaines Lanier and the JSL Board of Directors about having a corporate charity focus and sponsoring this golf event. Gaines and the Board agreed to try it for one year, and here we are now in our 18th year.
Peter Krause Chief Executive Officer & President Marsh McLennan Agency | Southeast
This year we are thrilled to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MMA SE Charity Classic hosted by MMA Southeast. These events are the single largest revenue-producing events held for the Southeast Region of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation each year. Thanks to you, last year’s virtual event was a huge success, so we’re doing it again! In addition, we are coupling the virtual fundraising event (Sept. 15) with a MMA SE Cocktails & Cornhole event on October 19th, 2022. Your sponsorship will cover both of the events.
Now more than ever before, we are asking for your support for the precious children and their families who are fighting brain and spinal cord tumors. PBTF needs our support. Please consider being a sponsor for the Butterfly Fund in 2022. The MMA SE’s Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment at partnering medical facilities. Sponsors will be listed on this website, PBTF Social Media, MMA Social Media and will be recognized on the Auction website.

Why Sponsor?

Although brain cancer in children is one of the most difficult cancers to treat, it has received little attention and funding on a national level. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation does not receive any government funding to provide its services. It relies solely on the generosity of individual donors, grants from foundations, corporate giving programs, and proceeds raised through fundraisers.

For 2022, it is our goal to continue our same level of support for these families who need us more than ever. We are confident that, with your help, we can accomplish this goal. As a sponsor of the PBTF Charity Classic, your support can make a difference in the lives of many families affected by pediatric brain tumor disease. To learn more about how your support helps, click here

READ ADEN’S STORY
READ ADITA’S STORY
READ LILLI’S STORY
READ NICHOLAS’ STORY

MMA Southeast Charity Kids 2022

Each year, as part of the tournament promotion, we feature a few of the children that are part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation family. As you read about our “2022 Charity Classic Kids”, we hope you will be inspired by their heroic stories of love, strength, devotion, and above all, hope.

Your Support at Work

Emergency Financial Relief for Families by Type of Need

The Butterfly fund gifted $456,962.42 in 2021.
GROCERY CARDS 8%
FUNERAL 11%
GAS CARDS 6%
Travel 7%
HOUSING 52%
Other 1%
UTILITIES 7%
CAR PAYMENTS/INSURANCE 8%
ABOUT US

MMA SOUTHEAST CHARITY CLASSIC

"Your child has a brain tumor” are shocking and terrifying words no parent should ever have to hear. Unfortunately, though, 13 children and teens receive this diagnosis every day.

“MMA Southeast has a dedicated and energetic PBTF Volunteer team who always go above and beyond to make sure the Charity Classic Virtual Auction and Cocktails & Cornhole events are top notch! We have over 30 colleagues who volunteer each year coming from 12 various offices throughout the Southeast region.”
Peter Krause Chief Executive Officer & President Marsh McLennan Agency | Southeast
This year we are thrilled to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MMA SE Charity Classic hosted by MMA Southeast. These events are the single largest revenue-producing events held for the Southeast Region of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation each year. Thanks to you, last year’s virtual event was a huge success, so we’re doing it again! In addition, we are coupling the virtual fundraising event (Sept. 15) with a MMA SE Cocktails & Cornhole event on October 19th, 2022. Your sponsorship will cover both of the events.
Now more than ever before, we are asking for your support for the precious children and their families who are fighting brain and spinal cord tumors. PBTF needs our support. Please consider being a sponsor for the Butterfly Fund in 2022. The MMA SE’s Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment at partnering medical facilities. Sponsors will be listed on this website, PBTF Social Media, MMA Social Media and will be recognized on the Auction website.
For these Stars and their families, life changes in an instant. Surgery is often required right away, followed by daily trips to the hospital for radiation and chemotherapy. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy may be needed, and treatment can continue for several years. In the midst of all this chaos, life around the family continues. Siblings need to go to school and be cared for, and bills need to be paid — even though parents must take time off from work. Some parents must give up their jobs to meet the grueling demands of their child’s treatment. It is an extremely difficult journey for families
Previously the J. Smith Lanier Charity Classic, the PBTF Charity Classic, and now the MMA SE Charity Classic is in its 18th year, having raised over $3.3 million to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundatiion’s Butterfly Fund. As the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, the PBTF’s mission is to CARE for families along their journey, CURE every childhood brain tumor, and help families and survivors THRIVE. Your donation to the Charity Classic makes the PBTF’s muchneeded family support programs possible, including financial assistance through the Butterfly Fund, support groups, educational programs, and much more

MMA SOUTHEAST CHARITY CLASSIC

ADITA

Age: 11

Diagnoses Date: October, 2017

Tumor Type: Medulloblastoma

In 2017, Adita was a beautiful, smart, caring, healthy, strong and sweet child. She loved her school and dance class and her best friend in the world was her little brother Mario. While Mario is still her best friend today, a lot has changed. A few weeks before Adita’s diagnosis, she started to vomit for no reason and as quick as it came on, it also went away. She lost her awareness of direction and coordination of skills at her dance classes. Mom took her to the pediatrician repeatedly, but labs and testing were “ok” and they sent Adita home. One day at school she fainted, and her pediatrician immediately told mom to go directly to the hospital. An hour later, Adita was going in for an MRI and an hour after that mom received the news that would forever change their lives. She had a tumor behind her brain, by the cerebellum.

After two years of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, countless hospital stays, and more than any child should ever have to endure, Adita is currently showing no evidence of disease. Every three months she goes in for her MRI and as her mother shared “We are still fighting this unpredictable and silent ghost.” Today Adita is back at school, but it’s different, it’s more difficult for her to focus and learn. Adita has wanted to be a dancer since she could walk, but the lasting balance effects from her tumor make this dream difficult. She admires the character of “Felicie” from the movie LEAP, because she was a French orphan and she fought against everything to follow her dream to become a ballet dancer and one day dance at the OPERA at Paris, and she did!

Aden

Age: 10 at passing

Diagnoses Date: December, 2018

Tumor Type: aPXA

In December of 2018, Aden was diagnosed with a brain tumor after experiencing some headaches and vomiting. Over the last 2 and a half years, Aden underwent 4 brain surgeries to remove the mass and underwent various treatments including proton radiation. Aden was a candidate for targeted treatments in a few different cancer centers while remaining under the care of CHOA. Aden and the family traveled to Texas later to Boston and finally ended at Duke University while also seeking different opinions from other institutions in the US and found that the tumor type (aPXA) was extremely rare. Aden was a fighter and even through his pain, he had a good outlook on life.

On Sunday, August 29th, he took his last breath here on earth and opened his eyes in eternal glory. Aden loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter but his true passion was golf. Aden aspired to become a professional golfer. Aden looked up to Tiger Woods and Abraham Ancer as his favorite golfers to watch. Aden loved his community and was a light to anyone who knew him.

NICHOLAS

Age: 22

Diagnoses Date: December 2008

Tumor Type: Germinoma

Nicholas McIntyre loves a good joke. He doesn’t need his NovaChat – the iPhone-sized device he uses to help communicate – for you understand his sense of humor. It just resonates through his dark, smiling eyes, his infectious laughter, and his “thumbs-up” he generously shares – a stamp of endorsement that says you are, indeed, funny.

Nicholas’s joy is anchored in his family – mom Kathleen, dad Andrew, and his favorite person, his sister Noelle. Diagnosed at just eight-years-old, it took the McIntyre family more than two years to receive a diagnosis and course of treatment. In 2009, Nicholas went through radiation, though it profoundly changed his life. “All those things that are so easy and natural that we don’t think about is a challenge for him every day,” shared Kathleen.

Nicholas has had to develop his own way of communicating and relies on the aid of others for simple tasks like getting dressed, going to the store, and other seemingly basic life skills. Nicholas’s family has had to also reconcile their dreams they had for Nicholas pre-diagnosis with their new hopes for his future. When Nicholas turned 18, instead of taking him to college, his parents ahd to go to court and seek legal guardianship over him. “ He should be looking forward to what he’s going to do when he grows up. I mourn that. I cry over that.” It’s also hard not to think of the what if’s. “What if my son didn’t have a brain tumor….”

Nicholas’s diagnosis has certainly been defining in his life, but it does not define who he is. He is a young man full of hope, hilarity, and humility. His genuine care for others is evident in every interaction he has and is a testament to the care and love he’s received from the PBTF community.

While Nicholas’s brain tumor may have robbed him of the traditional trappings of childhood and young adulthood, his family makes it a priority that he has purpose and meaning in his life. Prior to his diagnosis, Nicholas would say his greatest hobby was helping others. To this day, he remains committed to that. He shares his story to help other families because he knows that it takes a community of love and support to overcome the challenges, isolation, and heartbreak that come with learning their children have to fight for their lives. He fights for them, too.

LILI

Age: 7

Diagnoses Date: Month 00, 0000

Tumor Type: Optic Nerve Glioma

Lilli was just four years old when she woke up one morning seeing double and cross-eyed. A few days later, she was diagnosed with an optic glioma brain tumor pressing on her optic nerve and growing quickly. Lilli’s only treatment option was chemotherapy to stop the growth of the tumor that, if left untreated, could result in blindness in her left eye.

When she began her year of weekly chemotherapy treatments in February 2019, Lilli chose to wear a yellow Beauty and the Beast Belle costume for her first appointment. She was greeted with smiles and excitement. For 52 weeks, Lilli’s princess dresses became her suit of armor, giving her the courage to face treatments and frequent trips to clinic.

The night before each appointment, Lilli would spend time picking out the perfect dress to wear. She never repeated an outfit, which made every week a surprise for the hospital’s amazing care team. Lilli’s dresses were her way to share “princess joy” with everyone, transforming a very tough situation into something that her family could look forward to.

Through her bravery and compassion for other kids like her, Lilli inspired the formation of Costumes for Courage.  Friends and family gift costumes, ranging from princesses to superheroes, to children receiving treatment for cancer and other chronic illnesses. They hope that, just like it did for Lilli, a costume gives a child that extra bit of strength and courage when they need it most.

Today, Lilli has finished treatment and is living her best life. She goes in for MRIs every three months and will for the unforeseeable future. But that doesn’t stop this spunky girl from continuing to wear her costumes and share her joy with all around her.

Sponsors

ABOUT THE

MMA SOUTHEAST CHARITY CLASSIC

“Your child has a brain tumor” are shocking and terrifying words no parent should ever have to hear. Unfortunately, though, 13 children and teens receive this diagnosis every day.

Why Sponsor?

For these Stars and their families, life changes in an instant. Surgery is often required right away, followed by daily trips to the hospital for radiation and chemotherapy. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy may be needed, and treatment can continue for several years. In the midst of all this chaos, life around the family continues. Siblings need to go to school and be cared for, and bills need to be paid — even though parents must take time off from work. Some parents must give up their jobs to meet the grueling demands of their child’s treatment. It is an extremely difficult journey for families

How You Can Get Involved

Payments can be made directly through the links at the sponsorship
levels below by credit card. If you require an invoice and will be paying

by check, please still complete the registration through the

appropriate link below and use the promo code “check”. Someone

from our team will follow up with you within 5 business days.

$15,000+
PRESENTING
Sponsor

A Roof Over Their Heads

Your contribution of $15,000 can help pay 10-15 families’ rent or mortgage. When a child is diagnosed, parents often have to stop working to care for them. Assistance with a mortgage or rent payment gives that parent relief from what can be their largest household bill

Included with this sponsorship

• 1-foursome of golf in MMA Southeast Mini-Tournament (Oct. 19th)

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event

• One (1) Cornhole Logo Board

• Five (5)– 2 person teams – Cornhole tournament and 12x spectator ticket
• Presenting Sponsor recognition for the MMA PBTF Benefit Charity Broadcast
• 1, 30 second commercials during the live broadcast
• Charity Broadcast Event specific social media
• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink
• MMA and PBTF Event specific email blast
• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

Your contribution of $12,500 can help support 5-10 families with funeral services for a child who earned their wings too soon. As a family lays a child to rest, this financial assistance gives them a much-needed moment to focus on their grief.

Included with this sponsorship

• 1-foursome of golf in MMA Southeast Mini-Tournament (Oct. 19th)
• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event
• One (1) Cornhole Logo Board
• Four (4) – 2 person teams – Cornhole tournament and 10x spectator tickets
• Presenting Sponsor recognition for the MMA PBTF Benefit Charity Broadcast
• 1, 30 second commercials during the live broadcast
• Charity Broadcast Event specific social media
• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink
• MMA and PBTF Event specific email blast
• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

$12,500+
(Hole-In-One)
Sponsor

The Gift of Peace for a Grieving Family

$10,000+
(Double Eagle)

Emotional Support to Help a Family Thrive

Your contribution of $10,000 Provides a safe place to stay for 10 families while they receive treatment at out-of-town hospitals, and helps with funeral services for a child who earned their wings too soon. As a family lays a child to rest, this financial assistance gives them a much-needed moment to focus on their grief.

Included with this sponsorship

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event
• One (1) Cornhole Logo Board
• Three (3) – 2 person teams – Cornhole tournament and 8x spectator tickets
• Presenting Sponsor recognition for the MMA PBTF Benefit Charity Broadcast
• 1, 30 second commercials during the live broadcast

• Charity Broadcast Event specific social media
• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink
• MMA and PBTF Event specific email blast
• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

Your contribution of $7,500 can help provide two one-hour counseling sessions for 25-30 families. Children, parents, and siblings face a multitude of feelings following a brain tumor diagnosis. Your gift helps a family receive professional emotional support to navigate their journey.

Included with this sponsorship

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event

• One (1) Cornhole Logo Board

• Three (3) – 2 person teams – Cornhole tournament and 6x spectator tickets
• Charity Broadcast Event specific social media
• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink
• MMA and PBTF Event specific email blast
• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

$7,500 Sponsor
( Eagle)

Emotional Support to Help a Family Thrive

$5,000 Sponsor
(DOUBLE BIRDIE)

A Home Away From Home During Treatment

Your contribution of $5,000 Provides a safe place to stay for 10 families while they receive treatment at out-of-town hospitals, and helps with two weeks of groceries, ensuring all families can access meals and 1 hour counselling sessions. Children, parents, and siblings face a multitude of feelings following a brain tumor diagnosis. Your gift helps a family receive professional emotional support to navigate their journey.

Included with this sponsorship

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event

• One (1) Cornhole Logo Board

• Two (2) – 2 person teams – Cornhole tournament and 5x spectator tickets

• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink

• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

Your contribution of $3,500 can help 15-20 families. It helps provide relief for the bills that can pile up at home so families have one less worry and can focus on their child’s care.

Included with this sponsorship

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event

• One (1) Corn hole Logo Board

• One (1)– 2 person team – Cornhole tournament and 4x spectator ticket
• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink
• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

$3,500 Sponsor
(Birdie)

Relief for Critical Household Bills

$1,500 Sponsor
(Hole)

Weekly Trips to Treatment

Your contribution of $1,500 can help provide gas cards for 10 families to take their child to treatment, therapies, MRIs and other appointments. A child diagnosed with a brain tumor may have daily radiation, weekly chemotherapy treatments, MRIs every three months, and multiple physical therapy appointments to attend. Something as small as a gas card can go a very long way.

Included with this sponsorship

• Participation in the Cocktails and Cornhole PBTF Event

• One (1) – 2 person team – Cornhole tournament and 2x spectator tickets

• MMA and PBTF Website Event Page logo driven hyperlink

• Digital Event Program Inclusion
• Social media recognition
• Corporate email closure hyperlink

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Double Eagle $10,000

Eagle $7,500

Double Birdie $5,000

Birdie $3,500

Hole $1,500

Donation $2,500

Donation $1,000

  • Reagan Consulting

  • RT Specialty – Omar Hasan

  • The Hanover Insurance Group

  • Scott Crawford

  • Frank Johnston, Johnson & Johnson

Donation $500

  • State Farm Companies Foundation – Greg Paglianite

Donation $250

  • Andrew Blankenship

  • Safety National, Michael Ruskell

  • Kevin Link

Partnering to Care. Cure. Thrive

MMA SE Charity Classic Events

Virtual Fundraising Event – September 15, 2022
Cocktails & Cornhole – October 19, 2022

Please join us to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Butterfly Fund. The Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment in partnering medical facilities. Now more than ever before, PBTF needs our support.

Virtual Broadcast

September 15, 2022

Please join us on September 15, 2022 for our annual MMA-PBTF Virtual fundraising broadcast offering unique insights into our fundraising efforts and the ongoing work of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Butterfly Fund. The Butterfly Fund provides emergency financial assistance to families of children in treatment at partnering medical facilities. The broadcast is our way of bringing the message into your home via the power of live streaming broadcast. Hosted by Peter Krause and Amanda Vail, this one hour long broadcast is interactive and allows for everyone to give at the same time and to help us reach this year’s goal of $500,000.”

To register for the Virtual Fundraising Auction September 15, 2022 4:00 pm. Got to MMASE22.givesmart.com Or text MMASE22 to 76278

MMA Southeast raised over $357,000 last year for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Butterfly fund which assists the children and families suffering from brain tumors. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our generous carriers.

In 2021 MMA Southeast selected an individual with the first ever PBTF Charity Classic Champion Award. The PBTF Charity Classic would not have happened if it wasn’t for our very own, Walt Rowson who pitched the idea to the executive leadership team in 2005. Walt had been involved with the PBTF for many years and the tournament had a long history but they knew they needed a title sponsor who would give a multi-year commitment to the organization.

JSL was looking to expand their charitable giving on a broader scale and not just focus locally. Helping the PBTF ‘s Butterfly Fund was the perfect partnership. Thank you Walt, for pitching the PBTF Charity Classic to MMA Southeast and for a long 17 year history of helping these precious children and their families. Congratulations on being named the "PBTF Charity Champion for 2021!”

Cocktails and Cornhole

October 19, 2022

Cocktails and Cornhole is the newly reenvisioned Charity Classic. Evolving out of our Golf Charity Classic to the more user-friendly sport of Cornhole gives up the opportunity to involve more of our donors, providers, carriers, and supporters to attend the event and help us put the fun back into fundraising. The 2021 PBTF Charity Classic Cocktails & Cornhole event was a huge success! MMA Southeast held the event in October 2021 and brought together over 250 sponsors, volunteers and colleagues. The event features varied culinary offerings from our incredible restaurant partners as well as a full bar! See you on October 19th, 2022 at the Green in Crabapple

First Place

Utica Team 3

Garrett Bellow

Brain Gregones

Second Place

Mutual of Omaha

Ryan Rutherford

Chris Watt

Third Place

LexisNexis

Roy Marler

Steve Geshrick

EVERY BRAIN deserves a FUTURE.

Every day, 13 children and teens are diagnosed with a brain tumor, the deadliest childhood cancer.Every day after, they’re in a fight for their life. It’s a fight the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is here to help families win. Join us in our mission to Care. Cure. Thrive. and give kids diagnosed with braincancer a chance to reach for their dreams, not fight for their lives.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is a critical point of care for families navigating a child’s diagnosis, empowering them with patient family education, financial relief, and emotional support.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation provides leadership and funding to accelerate the discovery of targeted therapies for children battling brain tumors today.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation provides leadership and funding to accelerate the discovery of targeted therapies for children battling brain tumors today.

A world without childhood brain tumors is possible when we parter to effect real, meaningful change.

A world without childhood brain tumors is possible when we parter to effect real, meaningful change.

MMA Southeast Charity Videos

Cocktails and Cornhole Partnership

MMA Southeast Charity Photos

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