PGN Compete For A Cure


About Us:

Dustin Stern and Ellen Landgren, of Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, originally created Compete For A Cure in 2010. Consisting of a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and a co-ed Sand Volleyball competition in addition to t-shirts, free food and wonderful live music, this event provides a day of philanthropy and entertainment for students at the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana community.

Over the first six years of the event, Compete For a Cure raised over $120,000 for the Pam Stern Legacy of Hope Foundation which allocates proceeds to support special education initiatives in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, as well as lung cancer research. Last year we began our partnership with two new organizations, Imerman Angels and Tom Jones Challenger League. We are proud to have raised over $20,000 last year alone and look forward to benefiting these two great organizations again this year.

Imerman Angels’ mission is to provide personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers. Tom Jones Challenger League provides a safe environment for children ages 6 – 21 with varying degrees of physical or mental challenges to play baseball. We aim to continue the success of our past years and have the best event yet!


On March 31st, 2010 Pam Stern lost her battle to Lung Cancer. Dustin Stern, her eldest son, felt his mother needed to be honored in a way that represented the way she lived her life – by helping others. That’s when he came up with an idea; after just a month of planning, with the help of Ellen Landgren, and the rest of Phi Gamma Nu, Compete For A Cure was held on May 1st, 2010. With local students participating and enjoying the event, we raised $8,000. Seen as a fantastic achievement, the event continued in 2011 and escalated to higher levels, raising even more money. By the time Dustin Stern graduated U of I, he and PGN had successfully raised over $40,000. Nine years later, Compete For A Cure is still thriving with the help of Phi Gamma Nu and its dedicated members. With PGN’s help, this year’s event strives for bigger and better things and hopes to raise a record amount.