Strikes for Hope
Friday, Jan 11, 2013

     100% of the funds raised at the Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament are donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.  In the summer of 2006, Dave & Brian Ellenbecker felt the impact of cancer hit too close to home. Their mother had surgery, during which cancer was found.  Fortunately, doctors were able to remove all cancer during the operation, and she did not need further treatment.  While other members of our extended family had bouts with cancer, and they also witnessed many friends and colleagues deal with the same issues, this hit too close to home and motivated them to take action.With a new found passion for fighting this deadly disease, they used their knowledge learned from working at Milwaukee Country Club for many years as a logical gateway into starting a charity golf tournament, in which all proceeds would benefit cancer research.  Dave was able to take advantage of the skills he learned working in sales and leadership capacities to forge new relationships with the various Cancer Research Organizations as a means to identify organizations to which they donate the funds that would ultimately be raised.  He was also able to start attracting sponsors, participants, and volunteers.  Dave shared his vision with his brother Brian, and together, they forged ahead with the event planning.
Dave and Brian realized they would need additional help to create an event that would be capable of raising thousands of dollars at a time, so they set out to build a committee of passionate volunteers. 

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