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HISTORY

During his college years, Chris Jackman's fraternity supported children's charities for their fundraising events. Soon after graduating and entering the workforce, he began hosting a yearly lobster boil for family and close friends, which became known as "Lobsterfest." In 2009, nearly a hundred guests attended the backyard event. It finally reached the level he was looking for. Jackman asked his close friends an important question, "what if we turn Lobsterfest into a charity event?" 

And so it began. In 2010, his close friends formed a non-profit organization called Give Hope Back and hosted their first signature event - Lobsterfest. Give Hope Back has raised over $500,000 for children’s cancer awareness through partnerships with Rose Brooks, Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Mercy Hospital. 

Through free education, screenings and sunscreen, we will reduce the risk of pediatric melanoma, one child at a time. 


DONATIONS

2010 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics General Needs Fund
2011 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics General Needs Fund
2012 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2013 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2014 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2015 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2016 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2016 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
2017 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
Ronald McDonald House
2018 | Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics Cancer Center, Auxiliary
Ronald McDonald House & Rose Brooks


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Vaeth – Chariman
Eric Watts – Vice Chairman
Jared Haskamp – Finance
Chris Jackman – Secretary

Brian Burke
Margaret Huff
Matt Kartsonis
David Rowe
Sam Shepard
Brent Taylor


PAST & CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

Chris Bix | 2010 – 2015
Brian Burke | 2018 – Present
Jared Haskamp | 2010 - Present
Margaret Huff | 2016 – Present
Chris Jackman | 2010 – Present
Matt Kartsonis |2010 – Present
Shelli Obermiller | 2010 – 2015
August “Gus” Rechtein | 2010 – 2012
Dave Rowe | 2016 – Present
Sam Shepard | 2017 – Present
Brent Taylor | 2015 – Present
Chris Vaeth | 2010 – Present
Tracey Vaeth | 2010 – 2016
Eric Watts | 2016 – Present