Upcoming Fundraising Events

Racing to Beat Brain Cancer

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND GET YOUR DERBY ATTIRE READY— “RACING TO BEAT BRAIN CANCER” IS COMING UP!

Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:30 - 5:30 PM
Arlington International Racecourse 220 Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

Please join us for an exciting afternoon full of races, food, drink, fantastic auction items, and (hopefully) winning horses—all while supporting brain cancer patients and their families.

Details & Tickets to Follow

Past Fundraising Events

Deerfield High School Chest

In the DHS TV room for the final reveal of money raised for MMF (Pictured: DHS Student Council Members, Board Members Jackie Bange and Marisa Schostok)

In the DHS TV room for the final reveal of money raised for MMF (Pictured: DHS Student Council Members, Board Members Jackie Bange and Marisa Schostok)

Deerfield High School’s Annual “School Chest” 2018 Fundraiser benefited the Michael Matters Foundation and we couldn’t be more grateful! The amazing students at DHS raised $112,120.18 is just three weeks!!! All funds raised will go to brain tumor patients and their families in need.

Click the link below to see their website, events and fun merchandise. Thank you Deerfield High School for your dedication and generosity toward the Michael Matters Foundation - you inspire us!

Summer Fundraising Events

Annual New Year, Same Wish

Since 2014, The Michael Matters Foundation has hosted the annual “New Year, Same Wish” fundraiser. Our centerpiece fundraiser each year, this highly anticipated event brings together grant recipients, supporters and volunteers to raise money, awareness and celebrate accomplishments in support of our mission. The event is generously supported by our many individual and organizational donors. 

4th Annual New Year, Same Wish Fundraiser - Viper Alley

4th Annual New Year, Same Wish Fundraiser - Viper Alley

In 2017, the 3rd Annual New Year, Same Wish raised $103,000 for brain cancer patients in need. More than 400 supporters came together at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, IL on February 3, 2017 to raise money for brain cancer patients desperately in need of our help. This year’s fundraiser boasted exciting silent auction prizes to Tuscany, Italy, Key Biscayne, Florida, Las Vegas and so much more. The money raised will assist with our grant programs at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, Northwestern Proton Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and UIC Hospital & Health Sysetm. We are proud to be partnered with these fantastic treatment centers and look forward to helping patients in need.

Other Past Events

Past events that have helped to build awareness and our supporter base include The Stadium Walk, Father's Day Pancake Breakfast, and New Year, Same Wish. Michael Matters has also been the fortunate beneficiary of other individual fundraising benefits, including "Free Cone Day" at Ben & Jerry's - Glenview, Color Run at Libertyville High School, and Culver's - Buffalo Grove.