Big Bill’s New York Pizza’s “9/11 Day of Giving” is an annual fundraiser where on the entire day of September 11, guests are asked to make a donation in exchange for their food and drinks at the restaurant. Customers generally donate three to four times what their visit would have normally cost, with all the funds going to Colorado cancer organizations through the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation. The entire restaurant staff donates their salary, time and tips for the day. Vendors donate supplies and Ficke covers any extra hard cost. Here are summaries from past year's:

January 2016: Displaying the true Jesuit spirit of "Men and Women for Others," DU Men's Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Foundation President Dan Ficke made December bright by presenting gifts totaling $120,000 with the great Tom Green on the KWGN "Daybreak" show. Dan, aloong with his father Big Bill Ficke, formed the Foundation in memory of his late mother. Every year, Dan hosts the “9/11 Day of Giving" fundraiser at his father’s Italian restaurant, where customers make donations in lieu of paying meal checks. The spirit is to honor those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks in a positive way. Every penny raised from the “9/11 Day of Giving” goes to help cancer patients and their families and to cancer research through the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation.

  • $30,000: Cancer League of Colorado
  • $30,000: Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
  • $30,000: Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
  • $10,000: Children's Hospital
  • $10,000: Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance
  • $10,000: Colon Cancer Alliance

 

December 2014: Displaying the true Jesuit spirit of "Men and Women for Others," Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and a Loyola graduate Dan Ficke made December bright by presenting gifts totaling $115,000 on a recent trip to his native Colorado to five different cancer Foundations in the Denver area. Every penny raised from the “9/11 Day of Giving” goes to help cancer patients and their families and to cancer research through the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation.

The grants were:

  • $30,000: Cancer League of Colorado
  • $30,000: Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
  • $30,000: Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
  • $15,000: Children's Hospital
  • $10,000: Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance

 

2013 Sees record donations totaling $160,000

On December 23, Joann B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke, and Vice President Big Bill Ficke, awarded $160,000 in grants to local cancer organizations dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families. The grants were the proceeds from Big Bill’s New York Pizza’s 2013 “9/11 Day of Giving” fundraiser. The grant were:

  • $45,000: Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund
  • $45,000: Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
  • $45,000: Cancer League of Colorado
  • $15,000: Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • $10,000: Colorado Ovarian Cancer Association

Thanks to a few extra anonymous donations, this year’s total of $160,000 was a new record total for the fundraiser.

“This is easily one of the best days of the year for us,” said Dan Ficke. “Everybody involved with Big Bill’s works so hard to make 9/11 a success, and our customers are so generous, their giving is beyond our imagination. To present these checks and to know these great organizations are going to go on helping people going through something very tough like we did just brings it all full circle for my Dad and me.”

 

2012 Brings another six-figure donation day

JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke recently presented gifts totaling $120,000 to four Denver metro area organizations fighting cancer thanks mainly to proceeds from “Big Bill’s NY Pizza 9/11 Day of Giving” fundraiser: the Cancer League of Colorado, the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, the Rocky Mountain Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund and Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.

A breakdown of the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation’s support for 2012:

  • $30,000 to the Rocky Mountain Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund that helps patients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • $30,000 to the Cancer League of Colorado to help local researchers working on lymphoma and breast cancer research.
  • $30,000 to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance that helps patients who are undergoing cancer treatment and their families.
  • $10,000 to the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness and aid cancer patient assistance.
  • $10,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.

 

2011 brings Foundation's first six-figure donation day

JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation President Dan Ficke recently presented gifts totaling $120,000 to four Denver metro area organizations fighting cancer thanks mainly to proceeds from “Big Bill’s NY Pizza 9/11 Day of Giving” fundraiser: the Cancer League of Colorado, the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, the Rocky Mountain Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund and Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.

 “This is a great day for our Foundation as we actually put money in the hands of people who are making a difference every day to families struggling with cancer,” Dan Ficke said. “Because of my mom JoAnn, we know first hand about the great work these organizations do, and each one is making a huge positive impact. We are extremely proud to support them.”

A breakdown of the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation’s support:

  • $50,000 to the Rocky Mountain Bone Marrow Transplant Patient Assistance Fund that helps patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families.
  • $30,000 to the Cancer League of Colorado to help local researchers working on lymphoma research.
  • $30,000 to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance, which helps patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families.
  • $10,000 to Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness and patient assistance.

 

 

 

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