WOKC has much to celebrate!
Our events are fun and productive!
Each year, we collaborate with generous local businesses and individuals to provide incredible events that drive fundraising, awareness, and financial and volunteer support toward finding a cure and making life better for kids!
40th Anniversary Gala
April 30, 2022
$2 Million Raised!
WOKC celebrated 40 years of impact, research, and advocacy in its relentless pursuit of the day when cancer is no longer a threat to any child. Jersey Mike's and honorary chairs, Tatiana and Peter Cancro, surprised WOKC with a $1 Million donation the night of the gala.
Gala Highlights Included:
Champagne Cocktail Reception
Live & Silent Auction
Warrior Tribute Walkway
Black-Tie Optional/Cocktail Attire
Honorary Chairs: Peter & Tatiana Cancro
Event Chairs: Jenice Dunayer & Jackie Thornton
Entertainment: Jordan Kahn Orchestra
"When I Grow Up"
This exhibit featured a curated collection of portraits of 20 of WOKC's brave young Warriors dressed as what they dream to be when they grow up. It symbolized the hope WOKC has provided to these children and their families for over 40 years.
The Exhibit was displayed at NorthPark Center between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom November 5.21.2021
Jersey Mike's Day of Giving
In 2021, North Texans answered the call to “Eat a sub, help Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer”with a record-breaking $745,250 in donations raised for the Dallas-based charity through the 12th annual Jersey Mike’s Subs Month of Giving / Day of Giving campaign in March. The majority of the funds were raised with the Day of Giving on March 31 when all 56 DFW-area Jersey Mike’s generously donated 100% of sales – not just the profits – to WOKC.
“We are profoundly grateful to Jersey Mike’s, their franchisees, and their customers for their continued partnership and dedicated commitment to our mission” said WOKC Founder Cindy Brinker Simmons.
"One store manager told me that this was their Super Bowl. It certainly showed, as there was such enthusiasm with many stores reaching record sales for the day. Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is so fortunate to be a part of the Jersey Mike’s family," Cindy continued.
Buddy Bag Bash
The inspirational, virtual event, which funded Buddy Bags, featured Babe Laufenberg sharing his late son Luke’s personal journey with childhood cancer through an exclusive conversation with CBS 11 anchor Karen Borta. Fellow Dallas Cowboys stars Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, and Jason Garrett also made special virtual appearances and spoke to the powerful impact their friend Babe had on them as he responded to Luke’s adversity.
Warrior Holiday Party
This past holiday season, WOKC celebrated with its Warrior families and fulfilled their gift requests. These special families had the opportunity to see Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh. Warriors received huge decorative holiday baskets with personalized gifts, and all family members received specialized gifts for them as well. Additionally, the family was served with Jersey Mike's subs and a bucket of movie treats. From there, they watched a movie, drive-in style, from the rooftop of BMW Dallas, the event's host. The holiday party was sponsored by WOKC's wonderful partner, AutoNation.
Chris Rich Celebrity Birthday Bash with Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman!
Just because there's a pandemic, that won't stop us from putting together super fun events to raise money for our kids! We had a wonderful time raising money and sharing stories of success!