BALLSFEST is a registered non-profit organization that lifts the spirits of children, young adults, and their families affected by cancer.

 

Organizers and supporters of Ballsfest provide unforgettable experiences for those facing obstacles with the disease. The term, "Ballsfest", was created by Frank DeBlasi, a testicular cancer survivor and keen supporter of children living with cancer. The term is a play on words, and one that reflects Frank's positive spirit during his own battle. Combining his love for the upstate New York area and the Dave Matthews Band, Frank first hosted a small gathering for friends and concert goers on the grounds of Saratoga State Park in 2007. This initial gathering began a stream of annual events that grew dramatically in size over the years, and proceeds raised at these events benefitted a national cancer foundation.

However, in 2013, Frank decided to shift focus with the proceeds from his annual event, and started to identify children in the local area affected by cancer. Since then, Ballsfest has honored and celebrated a number of these children in the upstate New York region and looks forward to deepening its impact further. Ballsfest conducts a signature annual fundraising event, and solicits grants and contributions year-round from individuals, private foundations and others, for the purpose of supporting young children who are facing difficult challenges.

 Frank and the kids at Ballsfest West in Paradise Valley, AZ March of 2018

Frank and the kids at Ballsfest West in Paradise Valley, AZ March of 2018

Year-Round Ballsfest Programs:


Distraction and Diversion: In an effort to help lift the hearts of patients undergoing long days of treatment, Ballsfest will visit the hospital monthly to provide therapeutic and developmentally appropriate activities. Visits will include a fun, hands-on activity to encourage socialization, creativity, emotional expression, and to aid in maintaining a sense of normalcy within the hospital environment.


Ballsfest in the Community: Whether in treatment or after the completion of treatment,
families draw hope, support, strength, and friendship from one another. Understanding the importance of the support offered through these relationships, Ballsfest will organize periodic family gatherings outside of the hospital to celebrate hope and life.


Ballsfest Buddies: We are excited to partner with other local foundations to provide ongoing support through already existing programs, as well as newly created avenues of support.

Holiday Happenings: The holiday season can be extremely stressful for families. Ballsfest will provide support to relieve the financial and logistical worries of the season.

 

To inquire about upcoming activities, volunteer opportunities, ways to help, sponsorship programs, or to learn more about supporting our mission, please contact us at hello@ballsfest.org you can always donate at any time here!

 
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Frank DeBlasi
Founder

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Angie Silipigno
Executive Director, NY

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Shannon Kessler
Finance Director & COO

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Thanou Thammavongsa
Creative Director

 

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Gene Watson
Social Media Guru

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Mimi Baker
Consultant