Dogs and Cats Unite to Fight Childhood Cancer 2016
In September of 2016, the Dunwoody Wildcats and Chamblee Bulldogs battled on the field in the “Golden Spike” football game, but this time the Student Governments of both schools were on the sidelines working together on a special project. September is “CURE Childhood Cancer” month and “Cats and Dogs Unite to Fight Childhood Cancer” was the theme both schools chose to use for a “Gold Out” on the Friday of the game. Both Dunwoody and Chamblee sold the same gold shirts for $10. During halftime of the football game, the two schools presented the results of their combined fundraising efforts, we were so excited to have been able to receive $4,775 from this amazing event.
Paint The Town GOLD! 2016
“Paint The Town Gold” was a fun afternoon full of painting and raising awareness for Pediatric Cancer in the month of September. We were so excited to have raised $1,000 painting canvas’ for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Hunting, Fishing, Praying for a Cure 2017
At the start of the new year, 2017, we had our first annual Chip’s Nation Raffle Fundraiser to raise money to help battle the beast of childhood cancer. This fundraiser was run by students only. Chip wanted to use this as his first step in giving back and helping to ensure other sick children to have the same positive outcome as him. We had several raffle baskets, trips, hunting/fishing gear, tickets to games, signed memorabilia, a puppy, etc. We are so proud to say that we were able to raise $85,000 in one night.
Battle for a Cure 2017
July 29th, 2017, we hosted a battle of the bands fundraiser, “Battle for a Cure”. This event took place at the Dunwoody Nature Center. It was an evening of music, sweets, and friends. Over 200 people attended this event, and 6 different bands/people performed. We raised $7,000 that night, from ticket sales and donations alone.
Hunting, Fishing, Praying for a Cure 2018
This year, we hosted our second annual “Hunting, Fishing, Praying for a Cure” raffle fundraiser. Our committee comprised of 59 teenagers, and 20 adult event volunteers had a dream of raising $100,000 in one night. We smashed our goal and raised $127,923! Simply amazing. Our passionate group of teens secured over 50 sponsors and cash donors and solicited over 250 raffle and auction items. None of this would have been possible without each and every one. Care + Research + Hope + Love = LIFE…the Mission of Chip’s Nation, can be continued. Our partners at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cure Childhood Cancer, The Outdoor Dream Foundation and Canine Assistance will all be receiving checks.
Thank you all for making that mission yours and for making it possible.
Meet Bijou! 2018
Chip’s Nation is so excited to have funded the first ever Camp Twin Lakes service dog, Bijou. Camp Twin Lakes is a camp near and dear to the Madren’s heart. Camp Twin Lakes provides life-changing, therapeutic, recreational, and medically-supportive camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. Over the summer, the camp hosts children with different disabilities every week, including Camp Sunshine and Camp Kuzdo, both of which are camps that two out of three of the Madren boys have attended. We are thrilled to have been able to provide them with Bijou, and we cannot wait to see the impact she has on so many children’s lives.
Meet Casey! 2018
Last year, Chip’s Nation lost a close friend, Cathy Johnson. In her name, many loved ones and friends donated to Chip’s Nation to honor Mrs. Johnson’s life. Their remembrance made it possible to name a service dog at Canine Assistance after Cathy. Chip’s Nation will fund the training and care for a service dog, naming her Cathy’s childhood nickname, “Casey.” It makes perfect sense to us that Cathy’s legacy will be to serve others in need. Mrs. Cathy Johnson is dearly loved and is so dearly missed, but through Casey we feel that her grace and support will continue to live on. God blessed us with Mrs. Cathy Johnson, and he still does.