The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation, NFP is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to support education and research related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of chronic childhood diseases.
The Foundation created a Research Grant Program and each year in January makes financial grants available to organizations exempt from federal income tax pursuant to IRS §501(c)(3) engaged in research related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and/or cure of chronic childhood diseases may apply for the grants.
Over the years we have grown so quickly. In 2005 Pumpkins For A Cure moved to the Mill Creek Golf Course parking lot, this allowed us much more room. The following year, the City of Geneva invited Pumpkins For A Cure to be involved in the new Harvest Fest. Our sale moved to the parking lot of Viking Office Supply on State Street. For two years that was our location, but then in 2008 Patti and Steve Rambo invited us to be featured on their front lawn at Miscella Real Estate on State Street. For three years Pumpkins For A Cure hosted their annual sale on Miscella’s property. Patti and Steve Rambo gave us a home and they became sponsors of the event. After the 2010 event, it was apparent that we needed more space. Pumpkins For A Cure found a permanent location at the Kane County Court house lawn on Third Street in downtown Geneva.
After seven years of third party fundraising for the American Diabetes Association and JDRF, we became our own not-for-profit. In July 2011 the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation, NFP was in business. 2011 was our most successful year ever. We had over 2,000 people attend. A new event was added to the weekend. Thanks to the help of Michael Simon, Harvest Taste was held on the Little Traveler’s lawn and sold out of 500 tickets it’s first year.
2012 is shaping up to be bigger and better as last year. We hope you enjoy the weekend of events and thank you for helping us with our mission, to help chronically ill children.
Accomplishments and Awards:
- 75% of all donations are spent on research and educational grants.In 2011 attendance for Pumpkins for a Cure and Taste for a Cure was approximately 2,000 over a two day period. This was more than double from 2010
- 80% of attendees are from the Fox Valley area
- All research grants stay in the Chicago area
- All 2011 presenting sponsors have committed to participate in 2012
- Raised over $350,000 for research
- 2,000 active followers on website, face book, twitter and mailing list
- First Annual Taste For A Cure sold out first year
- 2010 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Event Award Winner
- 2008 American Diabetes Association Volunteer Excellence Award Winner
- 2007 American Red Cross Hometown Hero Award Winner
- Sold over 48 tons of pumpkins in 8 years
Board of Directors
Paul F. Zellmer, President
Dorthy Flisk, Vice President
Mary Agnes Zellmer, Secretary/Treasurer
Inez Toledo, Director
Thomas Hasenhaur, Director
Mickey Zink, Director
The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Organization
The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation, NFP is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. In particular, to support education and research related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of chronic childhood diseases.