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Fundraisers That Have Supported CDF

2008 BBQ Fundraiser

Thank you

Thanks to all those who have sponsored, put on and attended a fundraiser supporting kids with diabetes.   

I Heart Kids with Diabetes

This campaign has raised money for camp scholarships - you can help send a kid who has diabetes to the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp.



John J. Watson Basketball Tournament: Students Raise Over $3,000 for the Chris Dudley Foundation!

John Watson Basketball Tournament

Olean, New York is about 2,700 miles from Portland, Oregon, but five students in Dr. Michael Russell's Event and Sponsorship Marketing class at St. Bonaventure University have made a huge impact anyway.  The group of students had to plan and execute a charity event as a class assingment, and they chose to do it for the Chris Dudley Foundation.

Zachary Clark, Mike Iulianello, James Reed, Taylor Lang and Justin Walker decided to run a basketball tournament as their event, but not just any basketball tournament.  It was to be held in memory of their late professor, Dr. John J. Watson, who passed away in May of 2012 of a massive heart attack at the young age of 45.  Watson, a former collegiate and professional basketball player, taught in the Marketing Department of St. Bonaventure for nearly 8 years and was beloved by many.

The Inaugural John J. Watson 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament raised $3,072.62 for the Chris Dudley Foundation, a charity near and dear to the hearts of the Watson family.  John's son, Noah, was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age and has been a benefactor of the organization.

All of the proceeds that the group earned will go towards helping children attend the camp.  "Knowing that we're able to help several kids get the education they need to live an active lifestyle is an amazing feeling in itself, but doing it in honor of Dr. Watson is something extra special," Clark said.

The group hopes to pass on the torch of running the tournament to the next bunch that participates in the class.  They want to do this not only for the Chris Dudley Foundation, but also for the memory of Dr. Watson.

5th Annual BBQ Ribs & Rods Event

The 5th Annual BBQ Ribs & Rods Event was a huge success, raising $10,000 for camp scholarships for kids with diabetes!  The hosts of this event, Stan & Patty Dollar, and Patrick & Karri Duncan generously gave of their time, hearts, and homes to make sure the event would benefit kids with diabetes who want to attend the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp.  The temperature that day reached 100 degrees; the best kind of day for a fun summer BBQ!  The Sandy Saunders Band rocked out while guests enjoyed a first-class BBQ dinner by Slick’s Big Time BBQ, and checked out the hot rod show featuring the Sherwood Cruisers Car Club.  Chris Dudley thanked everyone who supported the event, and shared his thoughts on how much camp means to the kids who get to experience it.  There were winners all around in the raffles and silent auction:  guests nabbed Timbers tickets, a weekend at a beach house, a Family Fun Package for Evergreen Wings & Waves/Museum/OMSI, and Chinook Winds & Casino Package.  The contest winners were:

  • Best Ribs Contest – Marshall Smith
  • Car Contest – People’s Choice – Stan Dollar
  • Car Contest – Chris Dudley’s Choice – Bob Terranova

Check out the photos on facebook 

A huge thank you to all who were a part of this special event and to our sponsors:


Running for Faith Race

May 5th was the date hundreds gathered at the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail to "run for faith"!  The 5k & 10k walk/race raised funds for the Faith Bible High School athletic program, the Chris Dudley Foundation, and the ADA.  Many thanks go out to the race organizers and all the participants who came together to support people with diabetes!

The 4th Annual BBQ Ribs & Rods Event

Good times!  The Duncan and Dollar families did it again - they hosted a fun summer event which raised $10,000 for kids with diabetes to attend the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp!  The temperatures were hot on the night of August 20 in Beaverton, Oregon, but didn't stop people from coming out to enjoy a Texas-style BBQ, hot rod competition, live band, and auction.  Check out the photo montage (produced by Kelsey Tullis) from the event, and make sure to plan on joining us at next year's event! 

Many thanks to all who made it possible:

The Duncan Family, the Dollar Family, volunteers and sponsors!

BBQ Sponsors


1st Annual Chris Dudley Golf Classic 2011 Golf Classic

2011... This fundraising event was very special to us; it was developed by two high school seniors who wanted to give back; their goal was to raise money for kids with diabetes so they can attend the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp!  We met our goal of $10,000, and were inspired by the efforts of everyone involved.  See more about this successful event:  2011 Golf Classic.

Thank you to our Premier Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Sponsor:

Chinook Winds Casino





3rd Annual BBQ Rib-Off Dinnercar bbq 2008

2011...This year's event was better than ever and generously hosted by the Dollar Family!  Check out event highlights.

2nd Annual BBQ Rib-Off DinnerTatjana Duncan   

2009, Portland Oregon. What a turn out! Over the past 2 years they have raised over $ 11,000 for kids with diabetes... get all the 411 on the event



diabetes happens -do it againBig Mike & Tyler - founders of DH

2009, Portland Oregon. DH was able to donate $2,000 to the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp, which sponsored five campers for its 2009 summer session. Big Mike and Tyler have once again made a HUGE impact on so many lives! Thank you so much!  Find out more about DH.


An Evening In The Garden

2009, Beaverton, Oregon. Stan & Patty Dollar hosted a wonderful wine & cheese night in their beautiful garden, with proceeds going to CDF. Read more...



BBQ Rib-Off Dinner

2008, Portland, Oregon. A huge thank you goes out to the Duncan & Dollar families! Without their vision and hard work this event would not have come to life! What started as a "oh, a local BBQ & cook off would be fun to put together"! Turned into a massive ripple effect throughout the community, with the common response from locals "how can I join in and help your fundraiser"! Over 100 people attended the Rib Off Barbeque Dinner. Check out event pics!

Thank you to all who made this event a huge success raising $5,000!

diabetes happens

2007, diabetes happens created the dh1project.

The dh1project is the name for the original and primary fundraising goal that lies at the core of diabeteshappens: profits from the sale of our merchandise will be used to sponsor children with Type 1 Diabetes to attend The Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. The camp is a week-long, once in a lifetime experience where young diabetics learn how to control their condition while playing an intensive sport with 16-year NBA veteran Chris Dudley. diabeteshappens is proud to work with our good friends at The Chris Dudley Foundation as we strive to provide support and unique opportunities for young diabetics around the world.

For more information on the dh1project and to catch up on diabetes happens click here diabetes happens

Poker Party Fundraiser - the Maag Family

2006, Texas Hold'Em was the theme of the night for Patrick, his brothers, and all their friends! Every flop, turn and river in their tournament was in support for The Chris Dudley Basketball camp and support of the Foundation. The winning donation was $2,450!

Thank you Patrick and the Maag family!


The Cambridge Kids!

2005, Sean, Siobhan, & Kieran McGirl, and friends put on a lemonade stand fundraiser

We all know that a lemonade stand can be challenging! It takes patience and dedication to run a successful stand. However, the Cambridge crew raised and donated$54! They realized the "must have" to any winning stand is... FUN!

Thank you for your hard work and support!!