December 08, 2009

Treasurer's Report 2009

by Enid Deutsch & Ellyn Samsky


Total proceeds of The Rory David Deutsch Foundation for the period October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009 were close to $390,000. This raised the total fundraising, dollars since our inception to well over $6,000,000.

Our family event, “Reach for the Stars,” held in November 2008 generated over $200,000. A heartfelt thanks to those who participated in this event.
Once again, The Rory David Deutsch Foundation was the grateful recipient of several fundraising efforts from various supporters across the northern suburbs. Campus Colors in Highland Park raised close to $2,000. The Highland Park High School Girls Tennis Team raised over $2,200 last October, while the Zeta Beta Tau fraternities at the University of Illinois and at Indiana University have sponsored fundraisers at each of their respective schools. Rory Express, a travel baseball team from Buffalo Grove raised close to $5,000 over the summer by winning most all of their baseball games. Finally, the Paulina Cooper Dot-to-Dot race in Overland Park, Kansas has made The Rory David Deutsch Foundation the beneficiary of yet another race, raising over $17,000.

General donations to the foundation accounted for close to $55,000. These came from a host of individuals and organizations. Many readers of our previous newsletters, “Reaching Out” responded generously to the coupon included. Others purchased all-occasion donation cards. These cards can be purchased for $5 each by calling The Foundation office at 1-888-919-RORY or by visiting our web site at

We have made the ninth of fifteen $200,000 installments to Duke University and the fourth of five $200,000 installments to Children’s Memorial Hospital. As a result of the selfless efforts of all our volunteers and the continued generosity of our supporters, even in these difficult economic times, our Foundation has been able to maintain its desired endowment balance of $1,750,000. Together, each of these milestones guarantees that The Foundation will go on in perpetuity and make our dream that much closer to a reality—a cure for the devastating disease that took our beloved Rory much too soon.

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