The 7th Annual Jamey Johnson Golf Tournament Raises More than $380,000 to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Participants included Dennis Quaid, Ron White, Randy Houser, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann and pro golfers John Daly and Boo Weekley

The 7th Annual Jamey Johnson Golf Tournament raised $382,000 for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to help fight pancreatic cancer.

In addition, the Sept. 30 event, which was held at the Cottonwood Golf Club in Johnson’s hometown of Montgomery, Ala., raised about $5,000 in money and toys for the Montgomery area Marine Toys for Tots.

Celebrity golfers included professional golfers John Daly and Boo Weekley, as well as actor Dennis Quaid, comedian Ron White and musical artists/songwriters Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, Ray Scott, Keith Gattis and Rob Hatch.

The tournament featured a live auction and multi-artist concert, which was unfortunately cut short this year by the rain.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation for putting on a wonderful tournament again this year,” says Jamey Johnson. “The seventh in a row was really something. I am very proud of our sponsors, as well as everybody who made donations and bought auction items.”

“I am especially proud and grateful of my hometown for showing up at the concert in droves the way they did in the rain,” he says. “It was heartwarming and very impressive. I love Montgomery and I love Alabama.”

“We will definitely be back to do number eight in 2019,” he says. “A lot of our special guests this year have vowed to return if at all possible and do the concert again next yea, including Dennis, Quaid, Ron White, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and other guests. The thing I love the most about the tournament is you never know who is going to be there. It is good to know who you can count on. “

Event sponsors included Hampton Inn Eastchase, Nitro Oil and Capitol Container.

“The money will be used for our direct patient services program, which provides monthly financial aid to pancreatic cancer patients, and for Pancreatic Cancer Research Awards,” says Rhonda Miles, president of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.

One of the tournament’s highlights included the hole-in-one by Richard Tate of Butler, KY, who won a Ford Eco Sport donated by Collier Ford in Wetumpka, Ala. The event featured teams representing eight states, with 40 percent of the teams coming from the Montgomery area.

“I am very proud of everybody pulling together and making this happen they way they did. Nikki would be proud too,” Johnson says.


“Country Boots Cancer” Show Raises $40,300 for Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Country Boots Cancer,” the Aug. 19 benefit concert featuring Jamey Johnson and hosted by the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, raised $40,300 for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The show at Rams

Head Live! in Baltimore, MD also featured Chris Hennessee, who performed songs from his new album “Ramble.”

One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to the new Pancreatic Cancer Precision Medicine Program (PCMoE) at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This program will offer precision testing, imaging, biopsy, assessment and treatment plans to all patients with aims of improving care for patients currently diagnosed and to support research efforts to find a cure. Through th

e precision medicine program patients can have their tumors sequenced to detect potential mutations that could guide their therapy, eliminating a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

The event’s speakers included Nikki Mitchell Foundation President Rhonda Miles, four-year pancreatic cancer survivor Lisa Eidelberg and Johns Hopkins Medicine surgeon Dr. Matthew Weiss. Nikki Mitchell Foundation would like to give a special thanks to Lisa Eidelberg and Lindsey Manos of JHM, who spent countless hours fundraising, recruiting volunteers and donations and promoting the show and the cause.

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation is named in honor of Waylon Jennings’ beloved late manager of 22 years, Nikki Mitchell, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.

One of Mitchell’s last wishes was for her foundation to continue to support Johns Hopkins, where she received excellent care and felt wholly supported on her cancer journey.







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Artist photos by Brandon Amos at Low Light Photography.

NMF Presents a $20,000 Nikki Mitchell Excellence in Pancreas Cancer Award

Dr. Jun Yu and Rhonda Miles

Rhonda Miles and Dr. Vrishketan Sethi

June 2, 2018

Nikki Mitchell Foundation President Rhonda Miles attended the Pancreas Club Conference in Washington, D.C. to present two awards. The first was a $20,000 Nikki Mitchell Excellence in Pancreas Cancer Award given to Dr. Jun Yu of Johns Hopkins Hospital. This award ensures Dr. Yu spends a specific amount in the lab, working on the circulating tumor cells as the target of personalized treatment for pancreatic cancer. This project is the same one Nikki Mitchell donated her tumor to through the rapid autopsy program.

The second award went to Dr. Vrishketan Sethi of the University of Miami, who gave a presentation about the eradication of the gut microbiome reducing pancreatic cancer burden on the immune system.

NMF is excited for the opportunity to get our name out in the scientific community. We are committed to returning to the Pancreas Conference in 2019 to give what will now be an annual award. We are excited to partner with the young, creative researchers who’s out-of-the-box thinking we believe will get us one step closer to curing pancreatic cancer.

Dancing, Eating and Drinking – How Courtney Raised Funds for NMF

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Courtney Green Nichols hosted her own event to benefit Nikki Mitchell Foundation. NMF’s mission is important and personal to her, as her father Glenn Green, passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this year. She hosted the event in his honor, in order to “do him proud.”

The event held at County Line Swinging Doors in Lebanon Junction, KY was jam-packed with live music by the band Salt River, who rocked out on a newly built stage. They also had a pig roast, a 50/50 raffle and another raffle of goodies donated by local companies. There was dancing and karaoke until the owner kicked them out! This “tiny little bar, in a tiny town” raised enough funds to give:

  • 9 pancreatic cancer patients groceries for a month OR
  • 1 patient groceries for 9 months OR
  • Utilities for 4 patients for a month OR
  • An educational grant for a junior researcher at John Hopkins.

You too can host your own event to raise funds for pancreatic cancer awareness, research and patients! We can’t thank Courtney and all those who helped, supported and donated to her, and in return, to Nikki Mitchell Foundation!

Click HERE to get started with your event.

NMF Gives an Educational Grant to Pancreas 2018

Dr. Christopher Wolfgang, Lindsey Manos, PA, Rhonda Miles, Lisa Eidelberg

April 29, 2018

Nikki Mitchell Foundation President Rhonda Miles attended the Pancreas 2018 Conference in Baltimore, MD at Johns Hopkins Hospital to speak about her experience as a caregiver for a pancreatic cancer patient. Also in attendance was NMF friend and 4 year pancreatic cancer survivor, Lisa Eidelberg and NMF Medical Board members Dr. Christopher Wolfgang and Lindsey Manos, PA.

The conference provided a common platform for all specialists involved in pancreatic cancer to interact and share the latest information and developments, including promoting the highest standards of treatment, education and training, clinical and basic research, disease prevention, and patient care at a multi-disciplinary level. Pancreas 2018 brought together medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and clinical and basic scientists from all over the globe, to explore current knowledge in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

NMF gave an educational grant to Pancreas 2018, utilized at the conference to allow scientists and doctors to attend and present their research.

Jamey Johnson’s 6th Annual Golf Tournament and Benefit Concert Raises $270,000

Montgomery native Jamey Johnson’s sixth annual Homecoming Golf Tournament and Concert, held at the Cottonwood Golf Club, raised more than $200,000 to help those battling pancreatic cancer through the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.

The event also accepted donated toys for the Montgomery area Marine Toys for Tots.

The event’s grand finale was an outdoor concert that featured Johnson as well as Donica Knight, Rob Hatch, Gina Gailey, Tony Joe White, Keith Gattis and Chris Hennessee.

“The golf tournament and concert raise money for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation for all of the wonderful things they are doing to help those fighting pancreatic cancer, such as providing gas cards, groceries, bill paying or whatever,” says Johnson, who was a close friend of Nikki Mitchell and serves as the non-profit organization’s founding artist. “They offer all of these custom services to help people with pancreatic cancer.”

“The idea down the road is to raise enough money to fund research. Right now, we are taking care of the things we can take care of. The golf tournament every year funds a lot of that activity, as do the various concerts we do throughout the year.”

Rhonda Miles, president of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, says, “We are completely humbled by the support and generosity shown to NMF this past weekend. We want to thank everyone involved.  We definitely know Nikki sent her magic to this event. The funds raised will guarantee our Bridge of Wings program will continue to relieve some financial burdens of our Pancreatic Cancer patients.”

Gilbert Carrillo, Adam Carrillo, Tony Medellin and Tim Henderson from Nitro Oil were on the golf tournament’s winning team.

For more information about NMF or Jamey Johnson’s Homecoming Golf Tournament:

Contact: Ariane Watkins

Phone: 615.982.6802



Photo by Lisa Harris

Jamey Johnson’s 5th Annual Golf Tournament and Benefit Concert Raises $72,000

randy-edited-webNikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) hosted Jamey Johnson’s fifth annual homecoming golf tournament and concert at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Montgomery, Ala., Oct. 9. Bringing some levity to an otherwise serious sport, the tournament featured activities such as shooting off a mattress, archery drives, shot carts and a ball launcher. The all-day event featured celebrity guests and ended with heartfelt performances by Grammy-nominated country star Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, LeeAnn Womack, Randy Houser, Jerrod Neimann and other friends. Country legend Randy Travis made an appearance on stage and stood beside Jamey as the latter sang Randy’s songs.

“I’m so grateful to my friends for donating their time to fight pancreatic cancer,” Jamey Johnson said. “This is important to me because I’ve lost so many friends to pancreatic cancer in the last few years.”

“Nikki Mitchell was one of the most incredible women to walk this earth, and anyone who knew her would say the same thing,” said Joanna Ott of Carter’s Chord, who has performed at NMF events. “She touched so many lives. Pancreatic cancer took hers too soon, as it does so many people. The foundation donates money to research for early detection and the cure of pancreatic cancer. It’s a great cause and her legacy lives on through it.”

Nikki Mitchell Foundation is dedicated to seeking and supporting the most breakthrough data available for the early detection and cure of pancreatic cancer. Not tied to any one hospital, NMF supports the most promising research while maintaining a focus on awareness and patient support. NMF actively promotes a special emphasis on prevention and the patient’s’ preferences in determining their care.

For more information about NMF or Jamey Johnson’s Homecoming Golf Tournament:

Contact: Ariane Watkins

Phone: 615.982.6802



Photo by Kerri Horne.

Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare and Tony Joe White Raise $42,000 at “Whiskey Bread Pudding” Benefit Concert


Nikki’s friends, Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare, and Tony Joe White came together in a rare intimate setting, Sept. 21 at the Franklin Theatre, for a night of music, song, and stories.

Nikki Mitchell Foundation (NMF) president Rhonda Miles said, “NMF recently celebrated our three-year anniversary and we are excited about our growth.”

“Nikki’s musician friends have graciously and unselfishly given of their time and financial support to help propel this organization forward. Without our artists and their generosity, we couldn’t do this,” Miles said. “This year, we are donating funds to research and our direct patient services program Bridge of Wings, where we provide patients with gas cards or Uber rides to treatment, monthly Blue Apron meals, house cleanings, and even prescription co-pays. All these things seem small and simple, but when you are battling pancreatic cancer, they are huge. We know Nikki would be proud of our progress and the way we are bridging her giving spirit with the patient’s road to a cure.”

Nikki Mitchell Foundation is dedicated to seeking and supporting the most breakthrough data available for the early detection and cure of pancreatic cancer. Not tied to any one hospital, NMF supports the most promising research while maintaining a focus on awareness and patient support. NMF actively promotes a special emphasis on prevention and the patient’s’ preferences in determining their care.

For more information about NMF or Whiskey Bread Pudding:

Contact: Ariane Watkins

Phone: 615.982.6802


Photo by Tom Thompson


Safari 911 Auction Raises $175,000 for The Autumn Leaves Project


This Sunday, the 10th of April, the folks in charge of Luftgekühlt will be running their third annual show at Modernica in Los Angeles, and this Safari 911 is scheduled to be something of the centerpiece if you will. Built in conjunction with what amounts to the entire Porsche building community, the car will be auctioned off at the show this weekend to benefit “Autumn Leaves Project”, which is a charity dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research.

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Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and Alyssa Bonagura to Perform Nikki Mitchell Foundation Annual Benefit Concert

NASHVILLE, TN July 22, 2015 – Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Nikki Mitchell Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Benefit featuring some of music entertainment’s top selling artists.

Set to take place Wednesday, September 23rd at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville TN, the event will host a stunning combination of Americana, Southern Rock, and Country music legends all sharing the stage in an effort to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer patients. Platinum Selling and Multiple Grammy Award nominated artist, Jamey Johnson will headline the event with additional performances by: Jerrod Niemann, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Alyssa Bonagura, Julie Roberts, Chris Hennessee, Waylon Payne, Whiskey Myers, Carters Chord, and Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou. More performers will be announced.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the Nikki Mitchell Foundation and its “Bridge of Wings” initiative, a gas card program designed to lessen the burden of transportation costs associated with Pancreatic Cancer patients receiving treatment or participating clinical trials. “Nashville is home to the largest number of clinical trials in the world. The fact that some people cannot participate in these potentially life saving trials simply because they cannot afford the gas it takes to get to and from treatment centers is unacceptable” says Nikki Mitchell Foundation President, Rhonda Miles, “We’re gonna do something about that.”

The foundation’s namesake, Nikki Mitchell, who was Country Music icon Waylon Jennings’ business manager for 22 years, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2013 at the age of 58.

According to the American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer in the United States and is anticipated to become the second by 2020. It has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 93% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 7% will survive more than 5 years and 73% die within the first year of diagnosis. It is the leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages. Currently The National Cancer Institute spends a mere 1.8% of its approximate $5.8 billion budget on Pancreatic Cancer Research

Some of the most influential names in American culture have been affected by Pancreatic Cancer: Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, Sally Ride, Luciano Pavoratti, Syd Barret, Jack Benny, Donna Reed, Charlie Louvin, Ben Gazzara, Joan Crawford, Michael Landon, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie have all died from the disease

$28 GA Tickets are on sale for now through TicketFly at Doors open at 7pm CDT . Businesses interested in sponsoring the event can contact Nikki Mitchell Foundation directly at 615.982.6903  or