KICKS FOR A CURE: A BENEFIT FOR LIZ’S LEGACY CANCER FUND
On October 25, we had to say goodbye to our co-founder and friend Dave Karnes. We are heartbroken for Dave’s wife Kris, and daughters, Korey, Kalen, Kara, Laurel, Katharine, and Alexandra. We mourn with them, but are thankful that they are all a part of our lives because of Kicks for a Cure.
It is cliché, yet true, that Dave would want us to continue this fight. He spent countless hours making KFAC what it is today. Our 2021 sponsorship letter was composed as Dave waged his battle. True to form, Dave wanted to sign these letters even while battling cancer, but he could not. We can, and must, move ahead without him here. And we ask for your support.
We are grateful to have partnered with Dave over the years on our crazy idea in 2004 to use the recently opened Morrison Stadium for a soccer fundraiser for cancer research and awareness. It is because of our introduction to Dave, who had recently lost his wife Liz to cancer, that we were able to get traction and go on to raise our first $100,000 in April of 2006. Without Dave, there simply would be no Kicks for a Cure.
We miss Dave, and we know you do as well. His wonderful spirit will live on in the family and friends he leaves behind.
Amy and Steve Lindsay
Kicks for a Cure Co-Founders
2021 ANNUAL EVENT WEEKEND
The 15th annual event will be held the weekend of April 16, 2021. The weekend is kicked-off with a party on Friday evening at the Marriott Capitol District in downtown Omaha. On April 17-18 over 75 Youth teams will be participating in the Alliance Soccer Tournament. We also hope to continue the tradition of providing our supporters with the opportunity to watch soccer matchups with local high school and college teams. All events will raise funds for local cancer research!
Raising money to fight cancer is the primary goal of Kicks for a Cure. Proceeds from the events go directly to the Liz’s Legacy Fund for local cancer research.
The Kicks for a Cure weekend, which is kicked-off with a party on Friday evening, honors Liz Karnes and her love of soccer. Saturday’s soccer games (featuring local teams) offer an opportunity for families to cheer on the athletes and spread awareness for a great and important cause.
Funds from the weekend go directly to cancer research at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University in Omaha. Heading into its 15th year, proceeds from past events total an impressive $3,400,000.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR MISSION.
WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND GENEROUS DONATIONS
The Kick-OFF Party
KFAC Bags & Beer
Cocktails for Kicks
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US RAISE OVER $450,000 IN 2019
A huge thank you to all Kicks for a Cure sponsors, volunteers, players, coaches and fans who made the 2019 event an overwhelming success. Your donations are making a difference in our community! Tami and Tom McNeil hosted the 2019 Kick-OFF Party on Friday, April 13th at the Marriott Downtown. The event was attended by approximately 700 people who enjoyed a unique experience where attendees interacted with participating players in a family-oriented environment. The evening included the presentation of the Liz Karnes Memorial Scholarship Awards. The highlight of the evening was the was the presentation of the Inspiration Award to Dr. Henry Lynch and Dr. Kenneth Cowan. It was also announced that 2019 proceeds brought the 14-year total of the event to $3,400,000.
2021 HONORARY CHAIRS
KAREN & GREG VAN DYKE
Greg is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tenaska. He also serves on the board at Creighton Prep High School and Marian High School. Greg is involved at their parish, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, consulting on financial issues and serving as an EMHC. Through the years Greg has worked with many local non-profits.
Karen has volunteered at St. Wenceslaus as a lector, EMHC and held various positions at her parish. She has served many roles at Creighton Prep, Marian High School and St. Wenceslaus where Greg and Karen’s five children attended school. Karen and her husband Greg are the founders of a non-profit organization called Educate Uganda. Currently, Educate Uganda supports over 1,800 orphaned students by providing their school tuition at primary, secondary or vocational school in Uganda.
Because of Karen’s 2016 cancer diagnosis, Kicks For A Cure became more meaningful when their son and his friend wore her name on their jersey for their KFAC games. Helping this organization is a wonderful way to support others who will have to hear the words, “I am sorry, but you have cancer.”