Westhaven Foundation check

From left are Larry Yarborough, Westhaven Foundation board member; Ellie Bouvier, Westhaven Foundation board junior mentor; Doug Stacey, Concert 4 the Cure founder; Dana Hardy, Westhaven Foundation board member; Shari Lacy, Westhaven Foundation board member; Matt Magallanes, Westhaven Foundation board member; Vick White, Concert 4 the Cure volunteer; Linde Pflaum, executive director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development; Brian Cunningham, Concert 4 the Cure volunteer; and Katie Britt, Westhaven Foundation director.

The Westhaven Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit organization run by residents at Southern Land Company’s Westhaven community in Franklin, presented Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt a check for $38,371. 

The donation came from proceeds raised at the foundation’s 15th Concert 4 The Cure, which was held in September 2021 and is the Westhaven Foundation’s annual fundraising initiative to support pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital.

Westhaven resident Doug Stacey and his family started the Concert 4 The Cure event in honor of their mother who passed away from cancer. The Westhaven Foundation and Westhaven resident volunteers joined forces with the Stacey family to more substantially fund childhood cancer research as a community.

“For more than 15 years, the Westhaven Foundation and community have generously supported pediatric cancer efforts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, helping make a difference for countless young patients with cancer and their families,” Dr. Debra Friedman, who holds the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and is director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital, said in a press release. 

“This new gift will help advance cancer research, identify novel ways of curing pediatric cancer and deliver treatments in the best way possible for each individual child. We can’t wait to see what breakthroughs this year’s support will make possible.” 

Since the inaugural Concert 4 The Cure in 2005, the Westhaven Foundation has raised $777,000 to fund discovery grants at Children’s Hospital, which provide seed funding for cancer researchers to pursue bold ideas in the lab that can lead to breakthrough discoveries in the fight against cancer.

 “Concert 4 The Cure was created by our neighbors who have been touched by pediatric cancer, and since its beginning it has been a fantastic way to help fund research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Matt Magallanes, immediate past president of the Westhaven Foundation. “This was a milestone year for Concert 4 The Cure. We are excited to say that with this $38,371 contribution, the event has raised $777,000 since the first event was held in 2005. 

“It has been amazing to see this partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt flourish. I remain grateful to work alongside a passionate group of Westhaven residents who deeply care about children battling cancer and ensuring we can do our part to help make a difference.” 

The check was presented by Magallanes, who has helped organize Concert 4 The Cure for several years, to Linde Pflaum, executive director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Development, who accepted on behalf of Children’s Hospital. 

The 2021 Concert 4 The Cure took place on the Great Lawn at Westhaven Residents’ Club and featured a variety of musical acts, including headlining band, Resurrection, as well as Eaglemaniacs and Vic and the Spoils.