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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.

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, Randy Quaid, comedian Ron White, Lee Brice, Jerrod Neimann, Sweet Lizzy Project, Ray Scott, Brandon Elder from American Idol, Watley 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 of the event are 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.

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.

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.