Champion Charities Celebrate Community at HAMILTON
Champion Charities, which was founded by former SF 49er teammates Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott, is dedicated to helping children and families in need who are suffering from brain diseases. On Sunday, December 8, the organization raised monies for their mission by holding a fundraiser at HAMILTON. Champion Charities has partnered with BroadwaySF for more than 15 years, providing the best that Broadway has to offer, and, raising more than $15 million dollars for brain research and family services along the way.
Hosted by Megan and Harris Barton and Karen and Ronnie Lott, the organization hosted a VIP reception prior to the performance at San Francisco City Hall with thematic activities, pre-show entertainment and delectable bites for their guests. Following the reception, guests headed to the Orpheum Theatre for a special performance of HAMILTON. VIP guests included the Warriors’ Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, SF 49ers legends Joe Montana, Steve Young and Roger Craig and other celebrities. With a total of 1,400 guests at the reception and 2,100 at the show, Champion Charities raised more than $2.5 million (and counting!). As part of their festivities, Champion donated tickets to hundreds of school children who got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in the “room where it happens.”
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Harris Barton created Champion Charities, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in 2004 with his business partner, former teammate and friend, Ronnie Lott, after both of his parents passed away from brain tumors. In Harris’ own words, “My father was first diagnosed while I was in high school and poised to move on to play Division I football. After an all-star career at the University of North Carolina, I was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and proceeded to win three Super Bowls. As an offensive lineman, I thought I knew what facing tough competition meant, but, like so many other families impacted by this disease, I learned a lot more about the strength of an opponent during my Dad’s battle with a malignant brain tumor. After Dad’s brave fight ended, the unthinkable happened when my Mom, just 9 years later, found herself grappling with the same disease.”
Champion Charity founder Harris Barton addresses the capacity audience. Photo: Life and Phamily EventsChampion Charities takes the tragedy of Harris’ family and brings something good out of it by helping the community. From their days on the football field, Harris and Ronnie realize the importance of a team. It is with this in mind that Champion Charities invites you to invest in hope and team with us to become a formidable force in the fight to cure brain tumors and helping families and children in need.
Originally launched to tackle brain diseases and traumatic brain injuries, Champion is proud to have made a significant contribution in brain tumor research. Champion has been a long time supporter of the San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) and are proud to have contributed to the opening of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in 2015.