NMF Friends raise $3,900 with Cancer D.O.E.S Suck Poker Chip Run

Matt Onken and John Sherwood hosted their first annual poker chip run on August 21, 2019 in Niles, MI. The afternoon was filled with live music, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and cash prizes.

There were five stops along the way, starting at Knox Customs and ending at Front Street Pizza Pub. Shrapnel Records recording artist Stoney Curtis Band of Las Vegas, 5th & Syc and Take 2 brought down the house with their performances. All proceeds were donated to Nikki Mitchell Foundation, with the hosts driving from Michigan to deliver the donations in person to the foundation in Tennessee.

“Bret’s Stocking” Christmas Fundraiser Donates $3,000 to NMF

Written by Carol Noon.

A few weeks after my husband, Bret, died of pancreatic cancer in August of 2018, my son and I looked at each other and wondered who was going to fill our stockings on Christmas morning. Each Christmas, Bret would fill our stockings with abundance – treats and trinkets spilling out onto the floor. Though we filled his stocking it was never with the same passion as he filled ours. The thought of who would fill our stockings had become the symbol for our loss.

To change our sadness into good, we decided we would hang Bret’s stocking in the stairwell and fill it with pocket change and donations to help support the mission of Nikki Mitchell Foundation.

This year, recognizing that the cost of hotel rooms prohibited patients from seeking out clinical trials, we decided to again hang Bret’s Stocking to collect donations. These donations will support efforts to underwrite those hotel costs and the $3,000 we raised will support this critical step in finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

I can think of no better way than to honor Bret’s memory than to provide others with this gift.

Blackberry Farm Show featuring Jessi Colter, The Sisterhood and Jamey Johnson Raise $35,000 for NMF

Blackberry Farm, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Walland, TN, hosted a benefit concert for Nikki Mitchell Foundation on November 13, 2019.

The luxury resort sits on 4,200 acres of beautiful land and held an intimate show in Bramble Hall with artists Jessi Colter, The Sisterhood (Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart) and Jamey Johnson. Jessi, Alyssa and Jamey are Honorary Board members of NMF and were close friends of our namesake Nikki Mitchell. A small auction raised $9,500 in addition to $25,500, a portion of the proceeds, from Blackberry Farm.

Photos by Arianna Parman HERE

The Witches of St. Andrews’ Charity Bike Ride Raises $20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer

The Witches of St. Andrews

The Witches of St. Andrews, a non-profit in Panama City, FL, hosted their 3rd annual charity bike ride on October 26, 2019. The Witches group was created in 2017 when seven women gathered to honor one of their own by organizing a charity bike ride to raise money dedicated to pancreatic cancer research and to support local patients suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The ride this year was in honor of Dr. Gregory Grantham and cancer survivors everywhere. The large group gathered, decked out in witchy costumes and ready to make some noise and “ride for a cure.” They rode down Beck Avenue in St. Andrews and ended it with brunch. There was also a contest for best costume and best decorated bike. The Witches raised over $20,000 and donated it to Nikki Mitchell Foundation, which supports their goals to fund pancreatic cancer research, while helping patients.

The 8th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament and Concert Raises $514,000

 Jamey Johnson’s 8th annual Homecoming event on October 6-7, 2019, was presented by Nikki Mitchell Foundation. The event began with a morning golf tournament at Cottonwood Golf Club and an evening concert at the Biscuits Stadium, both in Montgomery, AL.

Celebrity golfers included PGA professionals John Daly and Boo Weekley. The tournament featured a variety of unique events, such as an archer and ball launcher, win a car with a hole in one, costumes and food cooked on the course. The winning team was Tootsies, lead by Steve Smith of Nashville.

The concert’s first year at the new location, the Biscuits Stadium, was a huge success. The large size of the stadium allowed the foundation to triple their previous ticket sales, with over 6,000 people attending the concert. The live music included performances by Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Dennis Quaid, comedian Ron White, Lee Brice, Jerrod Neimann, Sweet Lizzy Project, Ray Scott, Brandon Elder from American Idol, Whatley and Co. and the Down Home Boys. 

Nikki Mitchell Foundation also accepted toy donations for the Montgomery area Marine Toys for Tots and gave them a check for $5,000. Toys for Tots is another charity close to Jamey Johnson’s heart. Overall, Nikki Mitchell Foundation raised $514,000, which will go to their mission to prevent, detect and cure pancreatic cancer.

For information on sponsorships or how to get involved in 2020, contact golf@nikkimitchellfoundation.org.

Photos by Danielle Shields HERE.

NMF Friends Raise $1,000 with the “Aluminum Man” event

The Aluminum Man participants

NMF friends Trevor Haines of DOJO Chattanooga and Carol Noon hosted the Aluminum Man event – a fundraising event riff on the Ironman Triathlon, which was held at the same time. While the Ironman competitors did a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22 mile run, the Aluminum Man competitors went the same distance, but in feet. After the 2.4 foot “swim” in a wading pool (with many lifeguards on duty!), they were on to the 112 foot bike ride. After the 26.22 foot run, they were worn out and grabbed ice cold beer in aluminum cans!

The hilarious event on September 28, 2019 was well-attended and raised awareness of Nikki Mitchell Foundation in Chattanooga, TN. They raised almost $1,000 and mailed a check to the foundation wrapped in…aluminum foil.

“Traler Park” Show Raises $59,000 for NMF

On June 18, 2019, country music artists Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, Dallas Davidson, Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser took the stage at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN. Calling their crew “Traler Park,” these long-time friends and musical collaborators took the stage to share both their music and stories.

The show hosted over 300 guests, and debuted Nikki Mitchell Foundation’s latest PSA. The video had interviews with pancreatic cancer patients, family members and a patient advocate, giving insight into the foundation’s work. The foundation raised over $59,000, which goes to programs to prevent, detect and cure pancreatic cancer.

Photos by Tom Thomson HERE

NMF Gives a $20,000 Seed Grant at the Pancreas Club Conference

Award winner Dr. Jayanth Shankara Narayanan is front and center.

Nikki Mitchell Foundation attended the 53rd annual Pancreas Club Conference to give out several awards. The $20,000 Nikki Mitchell and Pancreas Club Seed Grant was presented to Dr. Jayanth Shankara Narayanan, PhD, a Junior faculty member under Dr. Rebekah White. NMF strives to promote and fund Junior faculty researchers who are working on promising pancreatic cancer research.

The foundation also donated a $1,000 Pancreas Club Award for the best oral presentation of clinical or basic science by a resident or fellow. Additionally, the Nikki Mitchell Award of $1,500 went to the most promising research project by a young investigator (Junior faculty, within 5 years of practice, post training.)

NMF Medical Board directors Dr. Christopher Wolfgang and Lindsey Manos were in attendance, and Dr. Wolfgang was one of the lecturers. The event took place on May 17-18, 2019 in San Diego, CA.

 

NMF Raises $7,000 from Annual Online Auction

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation’s annual auction closed Monday, March 25th.  The auction raised over $7,000, sold 10 items and brought in around 40 bidders from 12 states. Funds raised benefit the non-profit whose mission is to prevent, detect and cure pancreatic cancer.

Nikki Mitchell, the foundation’s namesake, was Waylon Jennings’ business manager for 22 years and the foundation has close ties to the music industry. The auction included items from Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. In addition to the country music auction items, unique art like a hand carved skulls and wood signs were sold.

NMF Friends Raise $5,000 from Normandy, TN Event

Ole Tennessee Opry to Celebrate ‘This Time of Year’ 

Article excerpts from the Tullahoma News, written by Faith Few, December 9, 2018.

The Old Tennessee Opry is presenting a Christmas show called “This Time of Year” that will feature performer Mandy Barnett.

“This is a fundraiser for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation,” said event coordinator Diane Kuzina. “We’re raising awareness for the cause all while helping patients and their families. We want everyone to come join us for this great night of entertainment for a great cause.”

All proceeds will benefit the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps pancreatic cancer patients manage health care and everyday living expenses.

Mandy Barnett

Mandy Barnett is a singer and performer who has been entertaining for as long as she can remember. Barnett’s vocal style pairs beautifully with classic country and pop.

“I’ve heard so many great things about the Ole Tennessee Opry,” said Barnett. “It’s a historic and beautiful building, and I’ve heard that the acoustics sound amazing. I’m really, really excited for the event. I’m bringing a fantastic band down from Nashville, and we’re going to have an awesome time. There’s going to be good food and good music for a great cause.”

Barnett said she was excited to be supporting a cause like the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.

“I didn’t personally know Nikki, but I’ve heard great things about her,” the singer said. “I know her foundation helps a great amount of people and I’m so proud to be a part of a show that helps so many.”

During the show, fans can expect to dine in a vintage, but elegant, setting with food provided by Julie Cobb’s Southern Spoon Catering and Rustic Catering by Neal Gordon and Dee McCullough.

After dinner, Barnett will perform a set list that includes some of country and pop’s greatest classic hits and some Christmas favorites.

Nikki Mitchell Foundation

According to the Nikki Mitchell Foundation website, Mitchell was a Texas native. She spent many years building successful artistic ventures down in the Lone Star State.

When bigger dreams came calling, Mitchell moved to Nashville to manage the enterprises of the outlaw country star Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. She served as the president of their company for 22 years.

During the time she was managing music, Mitchell was also making history with her own Bridge of Wings flight.

While Mitchell was more than busy managing musicians and honoring history, she also owned and ran a weekend café down on the square in Normandy. Mitchell was the previous owner of The Ole Tennessee Opry, and this is the very same building in which tonight’s dinner and show will be held.

In 2010, Mitchell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She battled the disease for 31 months. In July 2013, Mitchell she died with one last dream on her list: to save others from the devastating disease of pancreatic cancer.

Because Mitchell cared so much about helping others, her friends formed the foundation in her name and memory.

Currently, the foundation helps over 40 pancreatic cancer families and patients monthly. The funds from the foundation go towards medical bills, groceries and overall living expenses of pancreatic cancer patients.