In past years, the fundraising efforts for the Debbie and Leo Nunan Foundation have helped support causes that include the James Cancer Hospital and central Ohio's homeless population.
This year's events, including a basketball benefit game and a professional-amateur bowling tournament, have a specific and special beneficiary.
"It's all about the little guy this year," said Joe Nunan, a Grove City native who started the foundation in 2008 to honor his sister and father, who both died of cancer, and to support the community that supported his family.
The "little guy" is 2-year-old Logan Kinzel of Canal Winchester, who is battling medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Logan, the son of Geff and Celia Kinzel, underwent an emergency surgery to remove a tumor in February 2016 after being diagnosed. That was followed by six months of chemotherapy treatment.
An MRI the day after Thanksgiving showed the cancer had returned, causing multiple tumors in Logan's brain and spine. He again underwent surgery and is in the hospital going through a second round of chemotherapy.
"When I heard about Logan, it really hit home with me," Nunan said. "With what happened to my sister and father, I know the challenges Logan and his family are facing."
The foundation has supported the James in past years and has provided blankets, clothing and other supplies to the homeless.
As important as those are, Nunan said, this year's effort is even more meaningful.
"It's more personal this year because we know exactly who we will be supporting," he said.
All the proceeds from this year's foundation events will be donated to TeamLoganStrong, an effort to raise funds to help cover medical bills and allow the Kinzels to spend time with Logan and his older brother, Rowan.
TeamLoganStrong has set up a GoFundMe account with a goal of raising $50,000. More information is available at gofundme.com/logankinzel.
A weekend of activity
This year's foundation events again will include a benefit basketball game and a weekend of bowling.
The third annual benefit basketball game will pit the Columbus Division of Police Bulldogs against the Nunan Foundation All-Stars.
"Geff Kinzel is enrolled in the Columbus Police Academy, which why the police basketball team is involved," Nunan said.
The foundation's team will include friends and supporters of Nunan's organization and former high school players from around central Ohio, as well as area coaches.
Tickets will cost $5 at the door. The game will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Grove City Christian School, 4750 Hoover Road.
The foundation will play host to the fifth annual PBA Central Region Debbie and Leo Nunan Memorial and Pro Am Bowling Tournament April 21-23 at AMF Stardust Lanes, 2434 Old Stringtown Road in Grove City.
The festivities include a pro-am event starting at 7 p.m. April 21.
"This is a chance for amateur bowlers to bowl alongside PBA professionals and some great Buckeye athletes," Nunan said. "The emphasis is on the 'am.' It's a relaxed event. No one has to feel like they have to keep up with the professionals."
E.J. Tackett, the Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year in 2016 will be among those participating, as will former Ohio State University football players, including Roger Harper, whose National Football League career included stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.
Registration is $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event.
"The fee includes three games with a pro bowler and OSU players," Nunan said. "The format is nine-pin No Tap, which means if you knock down nine pins, it's considered a strike. It allows for a higher scoring, faster game."
The pro tournament will include preliminary rounds at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 22.
The top 16 players will advance to round-robin match play, 12 games, that begin at 10 a.m. April 23. Total pins plus bonus will determine the champion.
Admission to the pro tournament is free.
More information about the foundation and the upcoming events is available at facebook.com/PbaCentralRegionDebbieLeoNunanMemorial.
To learn more about the foundation and how to make a donation, contact Nunan at email@example.com.