Recent Events


As the 2022-23 school year opens at colleges and universities across the country and students and faculty begin to meet face-to-face, Josh’s Fund looks forward to reconnecting with student organizations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in hopes that their philanthropic work can be directed to Josh’s Fund, as it has over many years. We look forward as well to resiliency support events to be held both by the Siteman Cancer Center’s Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Resiliency Support and by the newly established Josh Gottheil Memorial Nurse Resiliency Fund at Carle Health.


As the Covid Pandemic hit the world, everyone and everything was affected. Our organization has always worked to support nurses because we know they are on the frontlines and can make the difference between life and death for their patients. The pandemic has highlighted this fact even more and we continue to call them what they are—heroes.

Josh’s Fund was of course affected by the world-wide shutdown as well but our supporters came through with generous donations including some via Amazon Smile and book royalties from My Name Is Blue, and event sponsors adjusted to the current reality. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University held the Josh Gottheil Memorial Resiliency Symposium virtually; the Oncology Nursing Foundation awarded Career Development Awards for a record number of oncology nurses working with bone marrow and stem cell patients who were able to attend educational conferences virtually; Eric Schor held his Facebook Birthday Fundraiser which is traditionally a virtual event. The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity was unable to hold the Gottheil Cup ice hockey match as the ice arena was closed along with most areas for students to gather on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but they held a fundraiser for Josh’s Fund in cooperation with Chipotle.


Sigma Phi Epsilon
Fifth Annual Gottheil Cup

U of I Ice Arena – March

Eric Schor’s Birthday
Facebook Fundraiser


Launch of Fred Gottheil’s
My Name Is Blue

Urbana, IL – April

Eric Roberts’s Birthday
Facebook Fundraiser


The Josh Gottheil Memorial Resiliency Symposium
St. Louis, MO – May

Past Events

tickets_group2Each of the performances and events listed here were held as benefits. The Throwing Muses, the Flaming Lips, The Pixies, were all top bands that Josh had brought to Champaign-Urbana and immediately upon word of his death they offered to come to town to perform as benefits for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since that time the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research has been the beneficiary of the performances, events and fundraisers that follow.


The Throwing Muses
Mable’s with Titanic Love Affair, Hot Glue Gun, Bowery Boys –1989

The Flaming Lips
Tritos with Titanic Love Affair – 1989

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Foellinger Auditorium sponsored by StarCourse with Titanic Love Affaiir, Little Engine – 1989

sponsored by WPGU, Kam’s, Star Course at Foellinger Auditorium with 10-Year-Old’s Nirvana Cover Band, Soulstice, Moon Seven Times, JambuRiver, Bludgers, Charming Beggars – 1994

Jam for Josh
Foellinger Auditorium with Luna with Sarge, Menthol, Hum – 1997

Tanya Donnelley
Mabel’s with Space Age Polymers, Lanterna– 1997

Pay or Play by Ward Gollings
The High Dive with The Poster Children, The Outnumbered, Cowboy X – 2009

The Pygmalion Festival 2014, 2015, 2016
To honor the memory of Josh Gottheil and his contributions to the Champaign-Urbana music scene Josh’s Fund was named the official charity of The Pygmalion Festival

Special Recognition

Seth Fein, Henry Frayne, Tony Poulos


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Ace Leukemia Event with NFL quarterback Jeff George speaking; sports items on display are auctioned with all funds going to Josh’s Fund.

Matt George’s Ace Leukemia II-VII, 1994-1997, 2000, 2002

Featuring Jeff George and Walter Payton and scores of other NFL and University of Illinois football players, and TV personality, comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy.

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Colts vs. Springfield Rifles, Illini Field, July 20, 1995

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“JOSH’S FUND” formation – 2004

Dulak Pilates Center—Cynthia Lochard Master Class Fundraiser for Josh’s Fund, 2014


Between the years 1994 and 2009, hundreds of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wearing tee-shirts proclaiming “Help Fight Cancer,” volunteered to raise funds at U of I football tailgate gatherings, often early on a cold Saturday morning or on a too warm Saturday afternoon. Many of these volunteers told how their lives were touched cancer, in some cases by losing loved ones—a sister or brother, a mother or father, a grandparent or a friend. At times a visiting friend or family member joined in the effort, including moms, dads and siblings. The names of the many students and others who volunteered for to raise funds at the tailgates are not listed here but their generosity, resulted in major contributions to Josh’s Fund during those years.

Special recognition:

Eric Edwards, Sally Campbell, Charlotte Reeder

Student Fundraisers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fraternities, sororities, dorms, and other residences, clubs or other student organizations that have organized and/or contributed to fund raisers and worked to garner contributions from fellow students, other individuals, and businesses.


Special recognition:

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Every year since 2002 the SigEps have dedicated their philanthropic efforts to Josh’s Fund and have proven themselves to be among its most loyal and generous supporters. Their enthusiastic work on behalf of Josh’s Fund remains constant. In 2015 they established the Gottheil Cup, an ice hockey game played at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign Ice Arena that they plan to be an annual event. The SigEps have been joined by Acacia, Delta Tau Delta, and Phi Delta Theta fraternities to vie for the Gottheil Cup. This event brings cheering audiences of U of I students as well as friends and family members to see excellent hockey and raise major donations for Josh’s Fund.

Sigma Phi Epsilon – Illinois Alpha received the Honor of Philias Award for the philanthropic work they do for the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research on August 4, 2017.

Presented at the 55th Grand Chapter Conclave of Sigma Phi Epsilon, this award recognizes an individual or group who has in a unique and unselfish way performed an act or demonstrated love and affection, bringing to life the third cardinal principle of the fraternity, brotherly love. With thanks to Jack & Kate Wheeler who established the Honor of Philias award.

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  • with Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Gottheil Cup Hockey Match – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

  • Pool Tournament – 1996

Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity

  • Hockey Raffle 2003
  • Mom’s Day Auction- 2004, 2005

Alpha Phi Omega Sorority

  • Performance at Lincoln Hall – 1998

Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity

  • Fall Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000

Atius and Sachem Honorary Societies

  • College Challenge – 1995

Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity

  • Raffle – 1993
  • Golf Tournament – 1995
  • Garcia Pizza on the Commerce Quad -2000

Delta Tau Delta

  • with Acacia, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Gottheil Cup Hockey Match – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Inter-Fraternity Council

  • Greek Reunion – 1995
  • Greek Week – 1995 (with Panhellenic)

Kappa Sigma Fraternity

  • Golf Outing – 1995


Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

  • Reggae Dance – 2000
  • Back to School Bash – 2005, 2007

Phi Delta Theta

  • with Acacia, Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon, Gottheil Cup Hockey Match – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity
with Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority,
Pi Beta Phi Sorority,
Phi Mu Sorority

  • Mud Volleyball Tournament– 1989, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997

Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
and Chi Omega Sorority

  • Greek Feud – 1999

Psi Upsilon Fraternity
and Delta Zeta Sorority

  • Cookout on the Quad – 1996

Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity with Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and Illinipac

  • Win Fred Gottheil’s Money, Hillel Foundation – 2000
  • Win Fred Gottheil’s Money, Hillel Foundation – 2002


Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

  • Monopoly Tournament – 2000
  • Jog for Josh 5K Race with Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,
  • Jog for Josh 5K Race with Delta Zeta Sorority – 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Jog for Josh 5k Race with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority – 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Barn Dance at Farm Lake – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Gottheil Cup Hockey Tournament with Acacia, Delta Tau Delta and Phi Delta Theta Fraternities, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Townsend Hall

  • Sam’s Town Pajama party – 2000

Other student organizations
sponsoring or co-sponsoring
past events:

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority

Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity

Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraterntiy

Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary

Alpha Omega Pi Sorority

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

The Art Club

Bromley Hall

Delta Delta Delta Sorority

Delta Gamma Sorority

4-H House Sorority

Farmhouse Fraternity

Forbes Hall

Golden Key National Honor Society

Hillel Foundation

Hopkins Hall

Illinois Lacrosse Club

Interfraternity Council

Kappa Delta Sorority

Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Newman Residents Club

Panhellenic Council

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Beta Nu Business Fraternity

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity

Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

Pre-Law Club

Presby House Fund

Sachem Junior Activities Honorary

Sigma Kappa Fraternity

Sigma Nu Fraternity

Snyder Hall