June 20, 2016
ANN ARBOR, MI – How much would you be willing to pay for a pair of autographed khakis worn by Jim Harbaugh?
Those attending the second ChadTough garage sale on Friday, June 17, paid $250 each for a few pairs of the Michigan coach’s favorite wardrobe item, helping the foundation raise at least $65,000 to help fight pediatric brain cancer.
Harbaugh appeared for about 45 minutes on Friday as part of the three-day sale and was one of the many contributors, including University of Michigan football players and local businessman Ron Weiser, who presented the Carr family with a check for $10,000 to benefit ChadTough.
“That was a lot of fun — we didn’t know when he would be showing up,” Tammi Carr said of Harbaugh’s appearance. “(Harbaugh’s) wife Sarah brought a bunch of pairs over that he signed. It was pretty funny to see how people responded to that.”
The charitable organization was started by the Carr Family after their son, Chad, was diagnosed with the pediatric brain cancer DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). It has since raised more than $1 million while bringing awareness to DIPG through Chad’s fight, starting two successful fundraising campaigns in the process. Chad passed away in November after a 14-month battle with DIPG.
The $65,000 total from this year’s sale topped the $50,000 raised during the inaugural event last summer.
While Harbaugh and the U-M football players drew the biggest crowds, the donation from Weiser, the CEO of real estate giant McKinley Associates, was a welcome surprise, Carr said.
“I had known about him while working at C.S. Mott and that he was very involved with U-M,” Carr said. “He went over to my friend’s house and asked where I was so that he could deliver the check. Then he just walked over to our house and I met him for the first time and he presented this great gift. He was so sweet and kind.”
In addition to the celebrity appearances, Carr said she was grateful to have some many people involved in helping put on the sale which featured around 70 different homes selling items in the Centennial Park and Farms subdivisions on Bicentennial Parkway off of West Textile Road in Ann Arbor.
In addition to Harbaugh and his wife, U-M women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico; Kathleen Beilein, the wife of U-M basketball coach John Beilein; and Shannon Drevno, wife of U-M football offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, participated by selling U-M gear on Innsbrook Court throughout the weekend.
“I think it’s been amazing to watch the community support,” Carr said. “When you think about a garage sale, every lit bit helps, and it can add up to something spectacular.”
Martin Slagter covers higher education for The Ann Arbor News. Reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter.