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Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate

From the July/August 2013 issue of Capital Style

Although she was fighting breast cancer, Stefanie Spielman would nonetheless celebrate another year of life with an annual party. After she passed away in 2009, her family and friends decided to continue the tradition. Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate is a family-friendly tailgate at a private home during an away Ohio State football game. Proceeds are used to purchase a specific item needed by The James Cancer Hospital. This year’s goal? Raising at least $120,000 for a sonogram machine.

“Stef would be thrilled that families and friends would all be coming together and having a day to celebrate life, celebrate the Buckeyes and raise money to find a cure for this terrible disease,” says Sue Fitz, Stefanie’s sister, who helps organize the event. “That’s the beauty of the tailgate. It encompasses so much of what Stef was about.”

Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate is Sept. 14 in Upper Arlington. Tickets cost $50 for adults, $20 for children and are free for those five and younger. For more, visit