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  • 2016 Fisher House Youth Challenge - A Family's Love Is Good Medicine

    For eight years Burning River Lacrosse has hosted a charity event (Fisher House Charity Lacrosse Showcase) to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Fisher House. www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org

    This foundation provides a “home-away-from-home” for America’s military families so that they can be with their severely wounded and/or ill family member(s) during those service members’ medical treatment and/or lengthy physical and/or occupational therapy treatments.

    In the last 7 years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) the event has raised approximately $320,000 for the families of our wounded service men and women and the Greater Cleveland Fisher House.

    A full list of our sponsors is below. They are listed by level, years of sponsorship and then alphabetically.

    If you would like to sponsor the event please contact us at info@brlax.net or 216.373.5684



    Goalie Level Sponsors ($5,000+)

    RPM International (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

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    A World Leader in Specialty Coatings and Sealants

    RPM International Inc. is a multinational holding company with subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, primarily for maintenance and improvement. Fiscal 2007 sales were $3.3 billion, with 63 percent to industry worldwide and the remaining 37 percent to consumers mainly in North America.

    The Value of 168

    Our founder, Frank C. Sullivan, displayed this figure on his car license plate. It was his favorite number because it represents the total hours in a week; thus, it served as a reminder that each of us has a limited amount of time, and a duty to use this gift wisely and productively.

    At RPM, the value of 168 comes to life through motivated employees who enjoy their work and create the conditions that allow our customers to grow and our stockholders to prosper.

    It is a unique form of corporate governance, guiding our relationships with one another and our customers, and demanding integrity in the operation of our businesses and the reporting of our results. In short, it is a vital aspect of our heritage.

    Avalution Consulting (2016)



    Avalution Consulting

    We specialize in business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting, outsourcing, and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. We also assist in preparing organizations for ISO 22301 certification, as well as assessing readiness for the certification process.

    Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), we are an ISO 22301 certified firm and maintain a contract on GSA Schedule 70. In addition to consulting services, we offer two unique, web-based business continuity software solutions - Catalyst and The Planning Portal.

    See more at: http://www.avalution.com/frequently-asked-questions#sthash.RYjcNQKq.dpuf

    UTC Aerospace Systems (2012)


    UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

    In 2012, UTC Aerospace Systems was formed by combining two industry leaders, Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich, creating an organization with key positions on a wide range of aircraft flying today and substantial content on various UAVs, satellites and ground and naval vehicles.

    Our customers include original equipment manufacturers that build aircraft and helicopters, engine manufacturers, and airlines, as well as defense agencies and contractors. Our commitment is to help them develop and maintain safer, lighter, more reliable and more efficient aircraft and other platforms.  

    Neo Aesthetic Institute (2012) - Nicholas R. Husni, MD, PhD



    Nicholas R. Husni, MD, PhD * Board Certified Plastic Surgeon * Medical Director-neo Aesthetic Institute

    Dr. Husni is a native Clevelander and the son of a prominent cardiovascular surgeon in Northeast Ohio for more than forty years.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, he continued at Boston University School of Medicine and earned his M.D and a PH.D in Pathology with an emphasis on wound healing.

    Dr. Husni completed his general and plastic surgery residencies at the prestigious Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Due to his interest in focusing his career on cosmetic surgery he pursued further training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and moved back to the area.  While at CCF he completed additional fellowship training in cosmetic and breast surgery and gained valuable experience performing surgeries and training with the best surgeons in the Department of Plastic Surgery, as well as mentoring the plastic surgery residents.  He is an attending surgeon in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Healthsystems Hillcrest Hospital and Marymount Hospital.



    Defense Level Sponsors ($2,500 to $4,999)

    Hawken School (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)


    Founded in 1915, Hawken School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving 941 students in preschool through grade 12 from nine counties in Northeast Ohio.

    Central to Hawken’s mission is our promise to “prepare students to navigate a complex and dynamic world with self-confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity.” The fulfillment of this promise has earned Hawken a national reputation for educational excellence and innovative programming.

    The Runzheimer Foundation (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)



    Runzheimer International is one of the most innovative companies in the world, providing a comprehensive range of employee mobility services relating to business vehicles, relocation, travel management, corporate aircraft, and virtual office programs. Our deep experience in these areas−combined with our one-of-a-kind benchmarking databases−uniquely position us to help organizations optimize employee productivity while containing costs. Not surprisingly, we serve 60% of the Fortune 500, many middle-market companies, and some of the most prestigious U.S. and provincial government agencies.

    The Runzheimer Foundation's mission is to support charitable causes, events, and organizations that positively promote education, family, community, children, the environment, and those in need. In doing so, we are committed to take part in the betterment and well being of our communities.

    University School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)


    The mission of University School is to develop promising and motivated boys into accomplished and independent young men who aspire to make a difference in the world.  The school is rigorous.  Our programs, led by challenging and supportive faculty, promote intellectual, physical, creative and moral excellence.  We believe these goals are best achieved in a diverse community where tradition is valued and where every boy is known and loved.

    Bob Lee Capital (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)



    Swiger Coil Systems is a Cleveland, Ohio company founded in 1975, ISO certified in 1994 and AAR Certified in 2008. Swiger Coil Systems began by supplying electric motor repair shops and large industrial captive motor repair shops with rapid service manufacturing of form-type electric motor and generator coils. As Swiger grew, we invested by adding more people and capabilities, and then expanding into manufacturing coils for OEMs primarily those building large AC and DC motors. Soon they began manufacturing and remanufacturing traction motors for the mass transit industry and OEMs. Swiger Coil Systems has grown from its original three employees to a company that currently has more than 200 employees doing business throughout the world.



    Midfield Level Sponsors ($1,250 to $2,499)

    Big Game Capital (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011)



    Big Game Capital is not a typical private investment firm, and our philosophy is that simple. We provide not only the financial capital to grow a business, but also the operational, hands-on leadership to ensure it thrives. With a successful 20 year track record of growing businesses, we believe in creating opportunities for the employees of our companies while delivering new value to our customers. Together with our stakeholders, we grow as a team.

    Our uncommon passion is what drives us each day. We truly love what we do and only invest in businesses that we believe in. We commit ourselves 100% to their success, and never forget that life is not only about winning but having a great time doing it.


    Orlando Baking (2016, 2015, 2013)


    First-to-market with Ciabatta bread (1987) and Probiotic bread (2011).

    Guistino Orlando founded Orlando Baking Company in Castel di Sangro, Italy in 1872. Five generations later, Orlando Baking Company serves a nationwide retail and foodservice market from its 300-employee bakery operation in Cleveland, Ohio. The iconic company bakes 200,000 pounds of bread each day and sells more than 250 types of breads, rolls and specialty items to large retailers and foodservice outlets around the country. Orlando's products include sandwich breads and buns, and dinner breads and rolls which are available in grocery stores and neighborhood markets. The company also creates specialty Orlando Brand and Private Label items for large retailers, foodservice outlets and distributors nationwide. Orlando's frozen products include an extensive line of ciabatta breads, garlic breads, toasts, sticks and loaves in a variety of flavors and sizes.


    Wendy's (2016, 2015, 2013)



    Wendy's

    Wendy's is a proud sponsor of the Fisher House Youth Challenge!

    When Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's restaurant in Columbus, OH in 1969, he created something new & different -- provide high-quality food, made with the freshest ingredients, made the way the customers wanted it. Today, our passion for quality remains our number one priority! We are committed to our customers at every restaurant across the country, and right here in Northeast Ohio!


    LEK (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)


    L.E.K. is a global strategy consulting firm with offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. We counsel our clients on their key strategic issues, leveraging our deep industry expertise and using analytical rigor to help them make informed decisions more quickly and solve their toughest and most critical business problems.

    Founded in London in 1983 by three partners, we now employ more than 900 professionals worldwide. We advise and support global companies that are leaders in their industries.

    Companies come to us because they know we offer the knowledge, insight and guidance they need to move forward with confidence. Our consultants deliver world-class and rigorous analysis, deep knowledge of their industries, and pragmatic solutions to produce practical, high-impact results – quickly.



    Attack Level Sponsors ($750 to $1,249)

    Renegade Brands / Sweat X (2016, 2015)

    Sweat X is the ultimate sports laundry detergent, designed to remove the toughest sports stains (grass, clay, mud, blood) and odors (sweat) from even your hardest to clean fabrics. It is phosphate free, PH Neutral (will not irritate skin) and 100% biodegradable. The company’s mission is also to return a portion of sales in support of community needs and charities.

    Founded in 2012 by Cathy Horton and Dennis Nolan, Renegade Brands is based in Beachwood, Ohio. The company is owned and run by a group of six athletes with unmatched experience, passion, and integrity. Renegade Brands and its employees design and deliver the highest quality products that provide exceptional performance, while at the same time producing no toxic impact on the environment. We are committed to living and executing our daily business operations in a manner steeped in Christian mission. To demonstrate our mission, we return to those in need, at least a tithe payment from our total sales proceeds received from our customers. In this way, we can live a meaningful life that, at its core, embodies fellowship and mercy.


    Unique Marketers (2016, 2015)


    Unique Marketers is committed to  professionally servicing the objectives of the manufacturers we represent.  With extensive experience in the food business, the team of Unique Marketers provides the knowledge and sales expertise to successfully accomplish the initiatives and goals of our customers.


    Bill Pilat Goalie School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)



    Quite simply, "the best goalie camp in all of lacrosse". This camp is filled before any other goalie camp in the country and the reason is it's the best! Extensive Video tapping, talks from All American Goalies, and attention to detail separate this camp from the rest!

    Coach Pilat and his carefully selected staff offer 5 day programs of intense instruction and drills to improve performance of the goaltender. This Camp gives campers a chance to work individually with Coach Pilat and his staff for five intense days.

    This Summer, Coach Pilat will once again have 4 Sessions of Goalie School due to overwhelming Goalie Demand!  There will be 2 sessions in Virginia, 1 in New York and a session in Ohio! 


    Harrow (2013, 2012, 2011)


    Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. We market our lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with a comprehensive apparel, bag, and footwear offering, through our dedicated sales force and through our website, www.harrowsports.com . We believe our products are among the most technologically advanced and effective in their respective sports. Each day, more coaches and athletic directors are turning to Harrow Sports for their athletes’ equipment and apparel needs. Our products have a demonstrated track record for performance and winning.


    Nissan of North Olmsted (2013, 2012, 2011)


    Award-Winning Service for the Greater Cleveland Area!

    Bigger is better at Nissan of North Olmsted: from a big inventory of Nissan cars, to big savings on parts and services. As the only dealership in Ohio that has earned the prestigious Nissan Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Performance and Customer Satisfaction (two years running), we will continue to do our part to provide a wonderful shopping environment for drivers in the Greater Cleveland area.

    No matter what your automotive needs may be, you will find answers here at BigNissan.com. Our entire inventory of Nissan cars and trucks is available for viewing online! From the versatile Nissan Versa, to the almighty Nissan Titan, the sales staff at Nissan of North Olmsted will help you find the perfect model for your lifestyle and price range.


    STX lacrosse (2013, 2012, 2011)


    STX is the world's leading manufacturer of men's and women's lacrosse sticks and protective gear, including gloves, padding and women's eyegear.  The company’s mission is to create the highest quality, cutting edge lacrosse equipment that enables players to reach peak performance on the playing field – raising the standard of play and the spectre of America's oldest game and fastest growing team sport.


    Chilis Bar and Grill (2013, 2012)



    Chili's Grill & Bar

    Spicing things up since 1975 - Chili's opened as a fun Dallas burger joint with a loyalty to happy hour and blue jeans. We prided ourselves on our humble beginnings, following a devotion to great food, warm hospitality and community spirit. Today, with restaurants all over the world, we continue to cook up the best in casual fare, offering the same genuine service we did way back when. And, just as in 1975, we're committed to giving back to the communities that have helped us grow.


    Laurice Skin Care & Cosmetics (2015, 2013, 2012)


    Laurice Koury-Goldberg, owner of Laurice Skin Care & Cosmetics has over thirty five years of experience in the skin care industry. She advises men and women on healthy skin treatment regarding all skin types. She advises her clients regarding the elimination of wrinkles, restoration of sun damaged skin, treatment of acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. She provides facials and chemical peels and glycolic acid treatments, as well as makeovers.

    Laurice is licensed with the state of Ohio and is a certified AME member of the aesthetics congress and has practiced as a paramedical esthetician for three decades. Her company manufactures skin care products for the entire body. The products are free of known sensitizers - for example - no perfume, no formaldehyde, no phosphates, no acetone, no artificial colors, no mineral oil or petrolatum and no isopropyl alcohol.

    Laurice was one of the first pioneers in Alpha Hydroxy and Vitamin C skin care treatments.


    Brine (2012, 2011)



    Brine is the successor to the original W.H. Brine Company founded in 1922. Brine started as a small athletic equipment and uniform company, selling to private schools and regional camps and quickly grew into a major manufacturer of lacrosse and soccer products. Today, Brine manufactures lacrosse, soccer, volleyball and field hockey equipment and has become one of the most respected privately-owned sporting goods manufacturers in the world.


    Ahuja Medical Center (2012)



    Ahuja Medical Center

    University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center campus is a culmination of advanced medical technologies, evidence-based design principles that help promote positive outcomes and the ultimate patient- and family-centered healing environment. The hospital and medical office building are located at Chagrin Highlands in Beachwood, Ohio.

    UH Ahuja Medical Center provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with an emphasis on wellness and preventive medicine. We offer patients convenient access to highly trained physicians in a broad range of specialties.


    Cleveland Coca Cola (2012)


    Cleveland Coca-Cola’s recorded history began on February 9, 1905 with the awarding of an operating contract to Mr. William Arnett, only six years after the very first bottler contract was approved. Arnett opened with three horse-pulled wagons on Center Street in the Flats. Total gallons produced in 1905 was 105. Little else known about Arnett, but we do know that he moved the Company to 1430 Crown Avenue sometime in 1925

    The 30’s and 40’s saw a lot of changes in the bottling business. Back in the 30’s a 6-bottle case sold for 25 cents. Later in this decade, coin operated vending machines were introduced. During World War II, sugar was rationed causing the supply of Coca-Cola to be rationed too. After the war, sales boomed and in 1951 the Mashburns bought another building at 3705 Carnegie Avenue, which was at that time a Nash Rambler auto dealership. This new building was located on a three acre plot known as no. 67. A remodeling of the facility at 3705 Carnegie was undertaken in 1955-56 and during this same time Cleveland Coca-Cola celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala event at Cleveland Public Auditorium.

    In the years that followed the business grew, and in 1971 ABARTA purchased Cleveland Coca-Cola from the Mashburn family. In 1977 a new warehouse was added to the 3705 Carnegie Avenue facility and in that same year ABARTA purchased the Canada Dry franchise from the Williams family.  In 1981 Cleveland Coca-Cola celebrated its 75th anniversary and another party was held for all employees and friends.


    Summa Health System (2012, 2011)


    At Summa we have a saying, “If you are not serving the patient, then you are serving someone who is.” It is this focus - on you and your health - that is at the heart of everything we do. Every member of our hospital team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care in a compassionate, courteous and efficient manner.

    We strive to put you, our patient, first. You are the center of our healthcare team and we encourage you and your family to be active, involved and informed about your care.

    On behalf of Summa’s dedicated employees, thank you for choosing Summa Health System. It is our privilege to care for you and your family.



    Merchandise And / Or Product Donations

    • Gatorade (signed Derek Jeter and Dwayne Wade Jerseys, in addition to 14 cases of Gatorade),
    • Gait by DeBeer (5 lacrosse sticks, lanyards)
    • Brine (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment including two pairs of custom Army gloves)
    • Warrior (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • STX (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • Harrow (lacrosse sticks, gloves and equipment)
    • Anthony Kelly (a pair of NY Titans gloves, a pair of Brine LA Riptide gloves, STX Katana Shaft,  2 brand new heads, 2 brand new shafts - a Reebok, and a titanium),
    • Neil Duffy – Autographed copies of his lacrosse book “the Spirit in the Stick”
    • The Goalie School (Free camp admission)
    • Millon Lacrosse Camps (Free camp admission)
    • Cleveland Printwear (Event banners)
    • Cleveland Indians (Tickets)
    • Cleveland Browns (autographed merchandise)
    • Denver Mammoths (autographed merchandise)
    • University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame The Ohio State University, Princeton University, Penn State University, Roanoke College, Syracuse University and University of Virginia (Team Autographed Jerseys)
    • NCAA (2 All Session Passes to the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships)
    • Paul Rabal (Autographed pair of Mayback Maverik gloves - courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Kevin Leveille (Autographed Razor X (Warrior) heads -courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Andrew 'Buggs' Combs (Autographed helmet -courtesy of Midwest Lacrosse)
    • Matt Danowski (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Mike Leveille (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Ken Clausen (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • Chris Fiore (Autographed Lacrosse Head - Courtesy of Cale Werner)
    • NDP Lacrosse (Free entry fee to NDP sponsored youth tournament)
    • Chilis (Gift Certificates)
    • 2 Rounds (18 holes) at Red Tail Golf Course - Courtesy of Carnegie Capital
    • Josh Cribbs Autographed Cleveland Browns Football
    • Sidney Crosby Pengiuns Jersey - Courtesy of Bohan Family
    • Malkin NHL All Star Jersey - Courtesy of Bohan Family



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