$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy - Chair-ity Fundraiser!

For: Team Jack Foundation; U of MN Children's Hospital
Organizer: Joe Bernard, Michael Andrews
$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy - Chair-ity Fundraiser! (Team Jack Foundation; U of MN Children's Hospital)
$7,535
of $5,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 187 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy Returns!


After a one year absence the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy returns! To both preserve the trophy’s future, and to leverage its popularity, fans of the University of Nebraska and University of Minnesota football teams are hosting the first annual Chair-ity Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held each year leading up to the game and will benefit organizations that are connected to each University.


Join us in supporting some great organizations and in the process show each school how much you want to see the trophy game continue by making a contribution today! The organizations benefiting this year from your contributions are the Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.


Team Jack Foundation

The Team Jack Foundation's mission is to raise money to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research and work to create national awareness for the disease. With an overall survival rate of just around 70%, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in this area.  The diseases that we as a society spend resources on ultimately see improved treatments and survival rates. It is time that pediatric brain cancer becomes a member of that community.

The Team Jack Foundation was formed out of a grass roots movement which started in Atkinson, Nebraska. The predecessors to the Team Jack Foundation were the family and friends of Jack Hoffman. Now buoyed by a State and Nation's overwhelming support, Team Jack is committed to raising substantial money for the sole purpose of funding relevant pediatric brain cancer research.

Funding research that focuses on identifying brain cancer genetic mutations, and then treating those mutations with chemically engineered smart drugs, is a priority. The result will be kinder, gentler, and more successful treatment protocols. In addition to funding research to develop effective drug therapies, the Team Jack Foundation also funds neurosurgical research. A successful brain tumor resection helps set the stage in the fight against brain cancer. One of the best defenses against a brain tumor is a successful neurosurgery.

The Team Jack Foundation is unlike other cancer foundations. Your investment in Team Jack is closely attenuated to direct, impactful research. No big CEO salaries. The CEO is a volunteer. Team Jack is comprised of hardworking Team members who are directly impacted by the disease that they are so incredibly committed to fighting against.


University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. We provide a broad range of pediatric programs from surgery, imaging and neonatal and pediatric intensive care to cardiac and oncology (cancer care) services and blood and marrow and organ transplantation.

Our clinical staff apply innovative approaches to creating medical breakthroughs based their work with patients and on findings through research at the University of Minnesota. This has led to several firsts, including the first successful pediatric blood marrow transplant, infant heart transplant in Minnesota and cochlear ear implant surgery for a child. Through teamwork and collaboration, we respectfully address the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of pediatric patients and their families.

Donations will go to support Child Family Life Services at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. This fund supports child family life services at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, offering activities and programs that lend support to children and their families.


About the organizers:


We are Joe Bernard and Michael Andrews, fans of the University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska football teams. Together, with lots of support from each fanbase, we are hoping to leverage the popularity of the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy into some support for worthy causes connected to each University. It is our intent to make this a tradition leading up to the annual meeting of the University of Nebraska and University of Minnesota football teams. We're excited to support some great organizations this year, and we hope you will join us in making a donation!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 16, 2017

Posted on November 16, 2017

Our fundraising efforts came to a close today. Thanks to your generosity and that of football fans across the country, we eclipsed our fundraising goal of $5,000 and stand at a total of $7,535 raised for the Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. It has been amazing to connect with University of Minnesota and Nebraska fans over the past few months. We are already looking forward to and planning for more fundraising excitement ahead of next year's game in Lincoln. Stay tuned for more news on where you can find the trophy in the off-season. Go Big Red and Ski-U-Mah!


Posted on November 6, 2017

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Posted on November 6, 2017

It’s game week! Only a few more days until the Nebraska and Minnesota football teams battle for the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy, and only a few more days to reach our fundraising goal.

Thanks to your generosity we have raised nearly $4,000 for the Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. You can help us reach our goal by sharing the website, Facebook page, and Twitter account on your social media accounts throughout the week – we’ll be active with photo updates and news coverage as it comes out – share as you can!

There are two chances left to see the trophy before the game. A successful reveal party was held in Lincoln last Friday, and a party in Minneapolis is scheduled for Thursday November 9th at Stub and Herbs (227 Oak St SE). We’ll also be out at tailgates prior to the game on Saturday, so keep an eye out and stop us for a photo if you see us.

Thanks again for your help in making this trophy and fundraiser a fun and meaningful thing that college football fans across the country have wholeheartedly embraced, Go Big Red and Ski-U-Mah!

-Team Chair  


Posted on October 2, 2017

Posted on October 2, 2017

Nebraska and Minnesota Football Fans Compete to Raise Funds for the Team Jack Foundation and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital + Donation Rewards!

Thanks to all of you, fundraising in the name of the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy is off to a great start! The next phase of fundraising pits Nebraska and Minnesota football fans against each other in friendly competition to see which University community can raise the most funds for the Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. While the fanbase from the winner of the game will retain the trophy, the community that is the most successful in the fundraising campaign will receive special distinction as Fundraising Champion by way of an engraving on the trophy.

Through several events leading up to the November 11th football game between the Huskers and Gophers, fans of each team are invited to donate in the name of their school. Donations made in the name of each University will be tallied, with the winner announced on November 13th.  See below for more details on how fans can participate over the coming weeks! At the end of the fundraiser all donations will be split evenly between the Team Jack Foundation and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. To donate to the Chair-ity Fundraiser, or to view the history of the trophy, visit brokenchairtrophy.com.

How to Participate

To have your donation counted toward either school’s total, donate at the times/events listed below. If you just can’t wait for one of the events, donate at youcaring.com and enter “Go Big Red!” in the message field for your donation to count toward the Husker total, or “Ski-U-Mah!” for your donation to count toward the Gopher total.

Event #1, Gameday Donation Contest! - Husker and Gopher fans face off in a competition to raise more funds during their respective football games on October 7th. From kick-off to the final whistle, all donations made online at youcaring.com during each game will be counted toward the donation total for each fan base.

Event #2, Trophy Reveal Parties! - Husker and Gopher fans will compete to raise more funds during their respective trophy reveal parties on November 4th in Lincoln, NE and November 9th in Minneapolis, MN. All donations received during the Trophy Reveal Parties, both in person and online, will be counted toward that team’s tally. More details on location and time to come!

T-Shirt Promotion - Trophy Game Apparel has stepped up and agreed to donate $10 to the fundraiser for each “Chair” t-shirt sold. Donations from t-shirts sold in each of the school’s colors will be added to the respective school’s total.

Stay tuned to Twitter, Facebook, BrokenChairTrophy.com, and youcaring.com/brokenchairfundraiser for more events announced in the coming weeks! Remember to share this info with your peers, employer, and anyone else that might be interested in supporting our worthy fundraising partners!


Donation Reward Levels - Announcing donation rewards! These are not cumulative rewards. Donate at youcaring.com/brokenchairfundraser. To request your reward contact [email protected].

Throne Donor - More than $1,000 - You’ve earned an official SEAT on our website - recognition of your generosity will live on the official BrokenChairTrophy.com website until it no longer exists!

Chairman of the Trophy - $1,000 - Spend an entire day with the $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy! Just like the Stanley Cup, take it to your hometown, take it to class, just sit on the couch and bask in its glory. The world’s your oyster here folks! This is going to be a lot easier if you live in Nebraska or Minnesota, so… bid accordingly please. (Rewards Available: 5)

Wingback Donor - $500 - Trophy comes to your Minnesota or Nebraska tailgate! Party before your selected game with the Trophy. (Rewards Available: 7 out of 8 left)

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