Third CHUCKSTRONG tailgate gala raises record $720,000 for research at IU Simon Cancer Center

April 30, 2015

The CHUCKSTRONG Tailgate Gala on April 24 set a record, raising the most money in its three-year history for cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Hosted by the Indianapolis Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, the tailgate gala raised more than $720,000 through corporate sponsorships and live and silent auctions. The total also included $50,000 that was given by the coach and his wife, Tina, as a matching gift.

"The doctors, the scientists, the researchers, that's who we're honoring tonight," Coach Pagano said. "They're selfless, selfless people. They spend their entire lives trying to find cures for cancer. That's what this event is all about, raising money for cancer research. Our goal is hopefully to find a cure for all blood cancers.”