Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C), Standup Paddling 4 Cancer (SUP4C) and Team DUKE Partner to help fund Children’s Healing Art Project

Jasmine and her art at the DCH10 Art Show

JWCF partners with Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and Standup Paddling 4 Cancer to help fund the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP)

  • This support helped CHAP provide art projects 37 hours a week.
  • Including CHAPs first in-hospital art gallery called “10 South Art Exhibit” featuring 31 paintings from oncology patients and their families. The oncology floor is on the 10th floor of Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital (DCH).
  • All CHAP kids at Doernbecher have the opportunity to CREATE THEIR OWN SUPERHEROS to express their dream to beat cancer!  
  • That’s over 800 hours of arts projects for 458 children with cancer and their families – thank you CHAP, KB4C, SUP4C and Team DUKE


Joden and Mr Electric


puppets on DCH 10

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM  Leave a Comment  


The Spirit of the West Riders got together to help man a display table at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse, held this past May 7, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA. Colorfully outfitted, the group greeted visitors and entertained, while promoting awareness of the JWCF and Team Duke!


At right, Spirit of the West’s Greg Worley listens for the rousing “Yahoo!” Western cheer from a couple of young volunteer ropers, learning to twirl a lariat and earn a Team Duke shirt or hat, while Spirit’s Jay Lewis urges the kids on. The talented Lewis children are in the background performing and giving roping lessons to the eager onlookers.

Spirit of the West’s Phil Spangenberger and Wendy Bailey, mounted on their matching gray horses, appeared as “Mr. and Mrs. Outlaw,” in a fast-paced and humorous stagecoach holdup skit, assisted by coach driver Buddy Liblin, of G and F Carriages, who supplied this beautiful Concord coach to the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.


For the second year now, the Spirit of the West Riders made a colorful appearance as “Team Duke” at the recent Fiesta of the Spanish Horse equestrian extravaganza.

The Spirit of the West Riders, who have been riding in the Rose Parade for the past 12 years on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, joined forces for the second year to make a volunteer appearance at the May 7, Fiesta of the Spanish Horse equestrian gala. The event, produced by Asman & Associates, is an annual and extremely popular event that raises awareness in the fight against cancer, through the celebration of various breeds of Spanish horses and horse culture. The evening gala, that always packs the house at theLos AngelesEquestrianCenterinBurbank,California, features some of the world’s most beautiful horses and talented riders.

Once again Producer Joanne Asman, generously offered a display table to the Spirit of the West group to promote the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, group marshal Phil Spangenberger,  was happy to round up a posse of his riders together, to man the table and help out with the festivities. The members appeared dismounted, but in full, and very colorful Old West and traditional Western duds during the afternoon’s festivities before the evening’s equestrian performance, and served as greeters and provided entertainment outside of the arena.

Fancy rope tricks and gun twirling demonstrations, performed by professional performers Christy Lewis and husband Jay, of Lewis Events, along with the little Lewis cowhands James (15) Brett (13) and Melinda (11) and even little two-year-old Emily twirled their ropes to awe the onlookers and attract visitors to the JWCF display. There JWCF tee shirts, ball caps, “Grit” removable tattoos, decals and other promotional material were given out. However, in order to obtain one of these coveted John Wayne items, the kids (of all ages) were required to spin a specially-prepared “spinning” lariat, thus earning the chance to select an item. Needless to say, everybody wanted a tee shirt or ball cap bearing the Duke’s image.

 Group Marshal Spangenberger, accompanied by Spirit of the West’s Wendy Bailey, entertained on horseback during the evening spectacle, by pulling off a galloping stagecoach chase and attempted robbery—but with a surprise comedic ending–where Phil, portraying sixgun wielding “Mr. Outlaw” is chased out of the arena by “Mrs. Outlaw,” played by Wendy, when she gallops in and chases her straying “hubby” home with her broom!  Who says women don’t rule the roost—even the infamous robbers roost!

 Needless to say that between the thrilling equestrian performances and the Spirit of the West’s JWCF display of Team Duke, there’s a whole passel of new fans of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation!

Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

Fire Road Cycling Event – Team DUKE Fundraising Contest Presented By Cannondale

The Fire Road Cycling 2011event is an official fundraising event for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF)/Team DUKE. The event is on Saturday July 9, 2011.

Win this Cannondale Flash 29er!


The top fundraiser will win a Cannondale Flash 29er mtn. bike shown above (retail value $2,000).

Minimum fundraising amount for the top fundraiser: $500


  • CANNONDALE FLASH 29er Mtn. Bike. Retail $2,000
  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • Team DUKE Knife – collector’s item with certificate by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery
  • JWCF Belt Buckle
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • John Wayne Beef Jerky
  • JWCF Sunscreen


  • Cannondale Team Jersey
  • Timex Global Trainer GPS watch!
  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • JWCF Sunscreen


  • Team DUKE Cycling Uniform (jersey and shorts)
  • JWCF T-shirt and Baseball Cap
  • JWCF Sunscreen


To join this fundraising contest contact JWCF’s Greg Graber at  or 949-631-8400. 

All contestants are required to contact Greg to enter this contest. 

Click Below for CONTEST RULES:

Fire Road Cycling Team DUKE Fundraising Contest 2011

Click Here To Visit the Event Website for Info. and To Register

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 4:38 PM  Leave a Comment