THE VILLAGES — Cancer is relentless. So are Robert and Thomas Fross.
On Thursday, the Fross brothers gave $50,284.93 to a fundraising drive for the incoming Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages. The check was the largest single donation to date, but the men who run Fross & Fross Financial won’t rest until the cancer treatment center is fully equipped.
“My wife battled courageously against breast cancer. In fact, she had treatment
at Moffitt down in Tampa,” Robert Fross said. “Being that it’s closely affected us, it gave us the desire to have a share in
sponsoring an event to raise money in our own community.”
That event, Doo Wop Under the Stars, raised a little over $40,000. But the Fross brothers wanted to give more.
“We also had a golf outing that following weekend over at Harbor Hills,” Thomas Fross said. “We had about 24 teams that came out. And we had an auction afterwards with the proceeds also going to the new cancer center. So that was more money raised for a great cause.”
The two events pushed the Fross & Fross donation over $50,000. And the determined brothers still aren’t finished raising money. Fross & Fross is sponsoring a black-tie symphony night in January at Savannah Center.
Obviously, cancer treatment and research are high priorities for the Fross brothers.
“Well, cancer is something that’s touched our lives personally,” Thomas said. “And the sad fact is many of our clients are being touched as we speak by cancer, so the idea of being able to get world-class treatment locally is just exciting.”
Pete Wahl, chairman of The Villages Health System Foundation, is certainly excited the Fross brothers don’t view fundraising as a “one-and-done” proposition.
“They kind of lead the way for other businesses and organizations to step up and take the lead. As a result of Doo Wop Under the Stars and the Swing For a Cure Golf Tournament, they’ve encouraged lots of other organizations to step up and say, ‘We’ll do this, or we’ll do that,’” Wahl said.
The Fross brothers appreciate being appreciated, but they say the community members who support their events are the real heroes.
“It almost brought tears to our eyes to see how many people came out to Doo Wop Under the Stars,” Thomas said. “It really shows the kind of people that live here in The Villages. They really want to do something good for the community.”
Hundreds of Villagers and tri-county residents have given generously to the drive to raise $6.3 million to purchase equipment for the Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages. If you’d like to do so, send your donation to: The Villages Health System Foundation Inc. Please write “Moffitt Cancer Center” on the memo line and mail to: TVHSF, 1020 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL 32162.
You may be able to double your contribution. “The Villages has a lot of retirees from major companies who have matching programs for their employees and retirees,” Wahl said. “We’ll be happy to help them do the paperwork if they want to take their contribution and double it.”
There are other ways you can help:
n Purchase a memorial brick for $100. Your brick with engraved name or message will be placed in a walkway at Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages. Place your order at the special blue-and-white tents at Market Night on either town square.
n Purchase a hero badge for $50. The badges will be placed on plaques inside Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages. Place your order at the special blue-and-white tent at Market Night on either town square.
n Donate stock to The Villages Health System Foundation. For information, call Pete Wahl at 753-6286 or 753-6727.
n Volunteer to help at fundraising events. To do so, call 753-6286 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages will open next fall. The Villages Health System Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Gary Corsair is a senior writer with the Daily Sun. He can be reached at 753-1119, ext. 9320, or gary.corsair @thevillagesmedia.com.