Save the Date for 2x the Hope

ISF Newsletter, September 2021 (Don’t receive our newsletter in your inbox, sign up here)

Fall is hands down my favorite season.  The drop in temperature, the changing leaves and it seems that everyone is in a good mood again!  As we look ahead to our last two months of the year, I find myself excited.  This is the time of year that people’s hearts open up, they begin being thankful for all they have and become aware of those in need.  Every single year, we end up getting email notifications that make us smile.  Another Three Wish Society Member renewed, a new one has signed on, a random donation will come in from across the country – making us ask… anyone know this person?  Facebook fundraisers pop up from families fighting cancer, sweet letters come in the mail, thanking us for what we do and the list goes on.  It is definitely a time of year when we as an organization are humbled by our supporters and I have a feeling this year will be no different.

Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of what we are doing.  We think we are doing some pretty cool things.  But then we sit down with Dr. Oesterheld or Dr. Sholler and they tell us all these things that are happening in our program, which is now internationally known by the way.  Dr. O says things like, “I’m not sure you guys fully understand what is happening here – all because of ISF.”  And we say, “I know, crazy right?”.  And he just looks at us… like maybe we don’t really understand how truly BIG this has become.  60 kids wait in their queue to be seen, people are coming from all over and trials we funded are starting.  COVID has put us at an arm’s length from the program due to safety precautions but after talking to Levine, we are so eager to get back in the hospital!  And we can’t wait to share it all with you.

Speaking of a program that is becoming internationally known, we have a little piece that we need your help to fix.  You have always answered the call when we have told you we are in need.  So here’s what we need.  WE NEED A DOCTOR!!  Remember those kids I mentioned that are in the queue, waiting to come here?  We need to fix this ASAP!  So here is how you can help.  

Monday, November 30th is Giving Tuesday and we have an amazing partner who wants to help.  They have graciously agreed to match all donations on Giving Tuesday up to $50,000.  HELLO!  Did you just read that correctly?  Yes, you did.  

I know Giving Tuesday can be a day full of noise from every charity you have ever supported, but this year we are asking our plea to be a little bit louder.  So many of you haven’t been able to attend an event this year and many of you use that opportunity to give.  (Don’t even get me started on COVID and our events.)  So instead, make Giving Tuesday your event day!  Become an “influencer” of ours on that day and ask your network to donate on that day too!  One donation, twice the impact.  How about that?

So mark your calendars, start a Facebook fundraiser on our behalf, mention it at your next dinner party, tell your co-worker.  Just be a part of the day and give all these kids who are want to come to the program YOU built, have a chance at hope.

Now go enjoy fall y’all.  You’ll be hearing from us soon.  🙂

-Erin, ISF Executive Director


Charlotte Auto Show Handbags, Heels & Horsepower, November 18 (8am-11:30am)

Join us for a fun and unique morning at the Charlotte Auto Show’s Handbags, Heels & Horsepower Charity Event on November 18th at the Charlotte Convention Center. Grab your friends, coworkers, or husband and peruse through dozens of high-end handbags, heels, and beautiful cars on the showroom floor. Purchase event tickets which include breakfast & raffle tickets for your chance to win the up for grabs handbags & heels.  Tickets & full details here

Giving Tuesday, November 30

Use your Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings for giving back on Giving Tuesday.  We are excited that your giving will go twice as far this year with a dollar-for-dollar match from an incredible organization.  Save the date for November 30th and stay tuned on who will be doubling your impact!

GIVEBACK EVENTS, View full details

STIR Charlotte, Cocktails for a Cure, All Month Long

A portion of proceeds from STIR Charlotte’s 5 signature cocktails benefit ISF throughout the entire month of November

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza + Craft Beer, Nov 30-Dec 6

100% of proceeds from kids meals benefit ISF, 5 participating Charlotte locations

Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, Nov 1-Jan 31

Percentage of proceeds from every haircut given during this ‘Cuts for a Cause’ giveback will be donated back to ISF. Promenade on Providence