2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Dan Jansen's remarkable Gold Medal performance at the Winter Olympics in Lillihamer, Norway, in 1994. That year also became the starting point of
the Dan Jansen Foundation.
The Foundation mission is to solicit financial support and distribute funds to charities with an emphasis on the fight against leukemia, which claimed the life of Dan's sister, Jane. The foundation supports youth sports programs, educational and scholarship awards.
In the 21 years since striking Gold at the 1994 Winter Olympics the Dan Jansen Foundation has been its own gold mine of sorts for many people and causes. The 7th Annual Celebrity Classic was held on August 19th and 20th, 2001. We were fortunate to have 1936 Olympian, Lou Zameperini as our keynote speaker. We now honor Lou's unbroken spirit and that of Jane and DJ Foundation Photographer Mike Callahan. They live on in the hearts of all good people.
In the past two decades nearly three quarters of a million dollars have been donated to worthy causes, including:
DAN JANSEN FAMILY AIDE FUND – This fund has been created to help needy families affected by leukemia and related cancers. Grants totaling more than $350,000 have been given to over 650 families.
DAN JANSEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND – This fund supports further education of high school seniors in need of financial aid and who display the Dan Jansen spirit toward life, education and overcoming adversity. One hundred students have received scholarships totaling nearly $125,000.
Additionally, funding from the DJ Foundation has benefited bone marrow registry drives, SuperSibs, World Team Sports, MACC Fund, Cystic Fibrosis, United Cerebral Palsy, Oregon Cancer Center, Kids On Ice at the Pettit National Ice Center, and many others.
Dan Jansen gratefully appreciates and acknowledges all the efforts of his family, friends, volunters, sponsors, and supporters of his Foundation.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 4, 2015. Dan and the Olympic Legends Golf Classic will be be held at Washington County Golf Course - Hartford, Wisconsin.
Please consider making a donation today. Join us in helping others. Dan Jansen Foundation • 1832 Alta Vista Avenue • Milwaukee, WI 53213