Goethals 24 Hour Challenge

For: Kevin Goethals
Organizer: Mike Dubeck
Goethals 24 Hour Challenge (Kevin Goethals)
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 594 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

Goethals 24 Hour Challenge

Commitment - Dedication - Courage

Throughout the years, Diane Goethals has worked around the clock for our kids.  Now as she battles breast cancer, we took a turn to work around the clock for her.  The Goethals 24 Hour Challenge took place on August 10 and 11th as a non-stop 24 hour soccer game and relay run / walk to say thanks to Diane and raise awareness of fundraising efforts.  The goal is to raise as much money as possible to assist the family with expenses (medical, school, travel home, etc.).  We beat the initial goal of $50k!  Way to go......but don't stop.  The donations have room for a note to the family. 

Hundreds of soccer players (600-700) played friendly matches from 4 pm Saturday to 4 pm Sunday August  at the main stadium at Rochester High School.  We also had the track open for Goethals family track teammates, running clubs and others who simply wanted to walk to join in and contribute.  Check out the Facebook page for more pictures -- there are a few here.

We hope to expand efforts to help the Goethals beyond this single event with donations through this site.  With a lengthy hospital stay and four kids soon to be in college, our contributions will be of great and timely assistance.  This site will stay active through the end of 2013 hopefully building momentum from the 24 hour event in August.  Please keep them coming.  Donations from all sources are needed!

Soccer Assignments
TimeTeam / age groupKey Contact
4:00 PMU8 & U9Drew Kidder, Chris Hall, Keith Winke
5:00 PMU10James Renton, Jeff Shuk
6:00 PMU11Tati, James Renton
7:30 PMU12Gordon Gardiner, Jamie Whitehead
9:00 PMU15Mike Dubeck, Renatta Capozzoli
9:00 PMU15; 15b 16gKaren Catlin; Alex Lubyansky
10:30 PMRHS GirlsMike Labadie; girls getting headcount
11:30 PMTimko & FriendsTaylor Timko
12:30 AMRSC CoachesJeff Shuk
1:30 AMGoethals & FriendsMatt Goethals
2:30 AMRHS AHSChris Purgatory; Josh Hickey
3:30 AMRARA menMike Labadie; Jeff Shamanek
5:30 AMTimko & FriendsTimko….they're back
5:30 AMTEAM neededmaybe Great Lakes Women League
7:00 AMRARA womenKathy Lam; Joyce Armbuster
8:00 AMU17/18Jeff Shuk, Jamie Whitehead
9:00 AMU18+Tom Cardinal
10:00 AMU13Chris Hall
11:00 AMU14g/15gGoran Kljac - committed here
12:00 PMU14Tati
1:00 PMRSC 30 / ParttimersMonty Najar; Parttimers
2:30 PMSCHS vs. AvondaleDrew Shea; Ben Richter
4:00 end

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 14, 2013

Posted on August 14, 2013

Way to go everyone!  What a turnout of support.  WE made the original goal of $50k, but don't stop.  

Highlights were the Luminary Lap, Gallon Challenge and the dunk tank.  These generated some extra contributions to the cause.

Kevin Goethals expressed the thoughts and thanks of the whole family so eloquently in the wrap up.  

Special thanks to Soccer World for the attractive shirts and concession donations.  Thank you to other contributors:
o Rochester High School coaches (now forming a scuba team from all time in dunk tank)
o Runnin' Gear for gift cards
o Ultimate Soccer for the pink soccer balls
o Gordon Gardiner for World Cup pin collection sold in silent auction
o JS Capitol for printing, signage and general encouragement
o Rochester Referee Association
o Blackbird Bistro for post event wrap party
o The many volunteers and donors of time, food and good cheer
o Rochester Schools for hosting

Posted on August 5, 2013

Posted on August 5, 2013

I'm sorry I haven't gotten back with you lately. I'm still scrambling quite a bit. Here's a pic I took yesterday. That was her first time outside of the hospital in almost six weeks. We're hoping to get her home soon so she can continue her treatments from there. Thanks for everything you guys have done for us - we feel so blessed to have all that support. 

Kevin Goethals; Aug. 5

Posted on August 5, 2013

Posted on August 5, 2013

Hello to Diane Goethals’ supporters!

Thanks for your generous donations and willingness to volunteer for the 24 hour fundraiser event for Diane.  The momentum and volume of these offers has been amazing and shows what a great person she is.

This event on August 10 / 11 (4pm to 4pm) at Rochester High School is a “grass roots” campaign, and we think we have a great idea, but it’s moving so fast, our planning and communication have not been able to keep up.  The internet tools we picked have been great for gathering donations and getting the word out, but not so hot at registering and figuring who belongs where. 

For reference, here is our key link:

Fundraising Information / Donations -- https://www.youcaring.com/goethals24hourchallenge

With a week to go, it’s time to sort out time slots and how to use your offers to participate.  Here’s advice on what to do next

Runners / Walkers

Sign up in the time slot you would like to participate by entering your name at this Google Doc link http://tinyurl.com/q739ebaReturn to the fundraising site during the week for any updates and consider making a donation.  If you can’t contribute, throw on a pink shirt and come join us.

Soccer Players

Note the time slot identified for you below by age group or team captain.  Add/confirm your participation by entering your name and a t-shirt size (S/M/L/XL) at this Google Doc link http://tinyurl.com/l8tb78k There is a spreadsheet “tab” for each age/organization with team managers and key contacts noted .  If you are a team captain or manager, please enter the participants coming since they may not get this email.  This is NOT just for travel players.  Recreational players should sign in under their age group.  Return to the fundraising site during the week for any information updates and consider making a donation. 


Tammy Batagglia is taking help in concessions, and the Signup Genius link is http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0444ADAA23A57-concession

Also, volunteers are needed to take on-site donations, pass out t-shirts, match participants to their group and generally keep the event “manned” over 24 hours.  Please respond to Chris Dubeck what three hour time block you could cover ([email protected]).

We’re making an effort to get t-shirt sizes right based on what you requested and what ages are participating.  However, there will be some mismatches as we estimated sizes needed based on input from only 200 of the 800 expected as the shirts go to printing.  Thanks for your understanding.

If someone can’t afford a donation…. Please come out anyway!  Walk, run, jump into one of the friendly soccer games – especially that 4 am to 9 am Sunday block.  Volunteer for an hour or lead one of the pop up events that may happen (e.g,. dunk tank, signature board, etc.).

See you on the field,

Mike Dubeck

FOD - Friend of Diane

Soccer Assignments





Team / age group

# players

# particp.

Key Contact

4:00 PM

U8 & U9



Drew Kidder, Chris Hall, Keith Winke

5:00 PM




James Renton, Jeff Shuk

6:00 PM




Tati, James Renton

7:30 PM




Gordon Gardiner, Jamie Whitehead

9:00 PM




Mike Dubeck, Renatta Capozzoli

9:00 PM

U15; 15b 16g



Karen Catlin; Alex Lubyansky

10:30 PM

RHS Girls



Mike Labadie; girls getting headcount

11:30 PM

Timko & Friends



Taylor Timko

12:30 AM

RSC Coaches



Jeff Shuk

1:30 AM

Goethals & Friends



Matt Goethals

2:30 AM




Chris Purgatory; Josh Hickey

3:30 AM

RARA men



Mike Labadie; Jeff Shamanek

5:30 AM

Timko & Friends



Timko….they're back

5:30 AM

TEAM needed

maybe Great Lakes Women League

7:00 AM

RARA women



Kathy Lam; Joyce Armbuster

8:00 AM




Jeff Shuk, Jamie Whitehead

9:00 AM




Tom Cardinal

10:00 AM




Chris Hall

11:00 AM




Goran Kljac - committed here

12:00 PM





1:00 PM

RSC 30 / Parttimers



Monty Najar; Parttimers

2:30 PM

SCHS vs. Avondale



Drew Shea; Ben Richter

4:00 end

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