Wings for Crossover Auctions Off Taylor Swift Tickets

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A veteran health care executive, Jeffrey Goffman brings more than three decades of experience to his current position as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Integrated Oncology Network, LLC (ION). In addition to his role with ION, Jeffrey Goffman supports a range of nonprofit and charitable organizations, including serving as a board member for Wings for Crossover.

Founded in June of 2013, Wings for Crossover is a 501(c)(3) organization created to support Crossover International Academy, an educational institution for orphans and rescued child-slaves in Ghana. Since its founding, Wings for Crossover has worked to build new structures at the academy, develop food security and sustainable income programs, and create innovative educational opportunities for Crossover students.

To raise funds for the academy, Wings for Crossover hosts a number of events and benefits throughout the year. In July and August of 2015, the nonprofit group held an auction for VIP tickets to a Taylor Swift show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The premier package up for auction was five tickets for a private suite to watch Swift’s performance during her “1989” tour. The package also featured access to VIP parking and gate entrance. Other items up for bid included a signed, handmade hat from Pharrell Williams’ personal collection.

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Child Labor and Ghana

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Jeffrey Goffman, a businessman leading Integrated Oncology Network as CEO, supports Wings for Crossover in his capacity as board member. With the help of stakeholders like Jeffrey Goffman, the nonprofit organization helps educate children impacted by slavery in Ghana, Africa, through its Crossover International Academy.

According to information from the Ghana Statistical Service, nearly 2 million children in Ghana ranging in age from five years to 17 years old work in hazardous labor environments. Many have been pressed into conditions akin to slavery, especially within the fishing industry. For instance, in 2015, more than 40 young people were saved from working as slaves for a fishing enterprise on Volta Lake.

However, as suggested by the United States Department of Labor 2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor – Ghana, the fishing industry is not the only one contributing to child labor problems. Cocoa producers, for example, employ nearly a million children and an estimated 95 percent of those children labor in hazardous conditions.

Duchenne and the Mission of CureDuchenne

After receiving his BS in accounting from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, Jeffrey Goffman earned his certified public accountant license and spent 14 years in public accounting. Currently the chairman and CEO of Integrated Oncology Network, LLC, an oncology management services and operator venture he started in 2008, he serves on the Board of Affiliated PET Systems, LLC, a firm he co-founded in 2001. Jeffrey Goffman generously supports several charities, including CEOs Against Cancer, Wings for Crossover, and CureDuchenne.

The most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne typically occurs in boys, with initial symptoms appearing around age 2 or 3. The muscle weakness that characterizes the disease is caused by a loss of dystrophin, a component of muscle tissue that gives muscles their stability. As boys with Duchenne grow older, they grow weaker, and even the simplest tasks become increasingly more difficult. They are usually confined to a wheelchair by age 12 and rarely live past their mid-20s, because by then the heart and muscles that regulate breathing become too weak to function.

There are currently about 300,000 boys with Duchenne worldwide, about 20,000 of whom live in the United States. First identified in 1986, the disorder’s mechanics have been extensively investigated. Gene replacement therapies, RNA-based technology, and pharmacological interventions all show promise as therapeutic approaches. Despite this, there’s still no cure for the disease.

CureDuchenne was founded in 2003 by the parents of a boy who was diagnosed with Duchenne. When he was diagnosed, they learned that because so few boys have the disorder—about one in 3,500—it doesn’t command a great deal of attention within the medical and pharmacological research industries. They established CureDuchenne, whose mission is its name, to raise public awareness of this devastating disease.

Wings for Crossover Helps School Establish Food Security

The founder of Integrated Oncology Network, LLC, Jeffrey A. Goffman leads the radiation oncology management and cancer center development company as its chairman and CEO. He also founded OnCURE Medical Corp., one of the nation’s premier providers of radiation oncology therapy, and U.S. Diagnostic, Inc., a consolidator of outpatient diagnostic imaging facilities. Outside the office, Jeffrey Goffman enjoys several leisure and recreational activities and supports numerous charitable endeavors, especially the American Cancer Society and Wings for Crossover.

Wings for Crossover, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2013 by Jim Conti and Chad Cooper, supports the activities of the Crossover International Academy, which serves a student population of about 250 children in the area around Ghana’s Lake Volta. The Academy serves not only as a school for the children, who are either orphans or former slaves, but also provides them with food and shelter.

Although Wings for Crossover tried to focus its efforts on building a new school to replace the ramshackle structures the Academy was using, it quickly became clear that providing a secure, reliable food supply for the students was equally pressing. The organization thus invested in an aquaponic farming system for the school. This combines fish farming, or aquaculture, with hydroponics, the farming of plants without soil, in a symbiotic system.

Operated primarily by students, the Academy’s aquaponics system can support 4,000 tilapia and 3,000 plants. It uses 27,000 gallons of water, which are recycled regularly between the fish ponds and the plant beds, providing nutrient-rich water for the plants and returning clean, oxygen-rich water to the fish. The farm’s first fruits were harvested in March 2014, when mature fish were harvested and salted, and the first crop of tomatoes, beans, and peppers was taken to market and exchanged for bulk rice.

More information about Wings for Crossover is available at http://www.wingsforcrossover.org.

CureDuchenne’s 2015 Blingo Event

Longtime entrepreneur and healthcare professional Jeffrey Goffman serves as chief executive officer and chairman of Integrated Oncology Network, LLC. Dedicated to a number of charitable initiatives, Jeffrey Goffman is chairman of the board for CureDuchenne, a nonprofit dedicated to helping find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

CureDuchenne has held a “Blingo to Cure Duchenne” night for the last two years to raise money for medical research. On April 11, 2015, CureDuchenne hosted its Blingo night at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the many local companies and organizations sponsoring the fundraiser were Sugar House Casino, Spalding Automotive, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Hundreds of Philadelphia’s most active leaders and businesspeople attended the affair, which featured dinner and cocktails, bingo, and a live auction with elegant prizes. CBS Philly’s medical reporter Stephanie Stahl served as master of ceremonies, while a number of local celebrities, including Eagles veteran A. J. Feeley and Marisa Magnatta of Philadelphia’s Preston and Steve Show, took turns calling bingo. With the help of sponsors and participants, this year’s Blingo evening raised over $180,000 for CureDuchenne.