One ELLE of a Newsletter

Q1 2016

The mission of the ELLE Foundation is
to create  Memories of Joy for  Children battling cancer by granting final Wishes for children
with a
 Recurrence .
In This Issue
Elle's Newest Wish Kid
Fundraisers and Events
One Elle of a Thank You to Our Sponsors
Elle's Most Recent Wish Kids
President & Chairman
Co-Vice President
Co-Vice President
Generations of Dance, NJ
Con Edison, NY
Advising Nurse 




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Welcome to the Elle Foundation's Memories of Joy Newsletter
Welcome to the 2016 first quarter issue of One Elle of a Newsletter - the Elle Foundation's ePublication that is your source for information on the Foundation, Elle's Kids and our events.
As awareness of the Elle Foundation is building within the pediatric oncology community, more wish applications are being submitted for children across the country as their medical options come to an end.
Help us increase awareness!
We ask that you too become an advocate for these children by sharing the mission of the Elle Foundation throughout the various communities where you are involved.  Your outreach could help identify a child in need.
With Lauren & All of Elle's Kids in Our Hearts,    
Laurie Richmond
President & Chairman

Luke - One Elle of a Guitar Player 

Luke's wish was the true vision Lauren had for her ELLE Foundation. Working together, the ELLE Foundation and the Gibson Foundation were able to bring Luke's wish to the next level.
Not only was Luke's wish for a Les Paul guitar granted, but he was able to go to Nashville and get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of how the famous Custom Guitars are made. Then, with the help of Lee Roy Parnell, he was able to select his own custom Gibson Les Paul True Historic 59 guitar.

Click here to watch as Luke and his family visit Gibson's Custom Shop and Luke picks out his guitar.

Meet Elle's Newest Wish Kid

Jake - One Elle of a Cruise
Meet Jake, a 7 year old from Mt. Arlington, NJ, who is battling a recurrence of acute
lymphoblastic leukemia that was first diagnosed
in 2010. Jake's wish is to escape the world of hospitals,  doctors and treatments and sail away on a cruise with his family.

Sparkily Things for Lila May 

Looking for Mother's Day, Easter, Birthday Gifts?
Please visit this wonderful website - Lila May is one of ELLE's Kids forever.
Sadly, Lila May lost her fight on September 12, 2015.  They are continuing to sell jewelry and to donate a portion of the profits to Neuroblastoma-related charities including the Elle Foundation..

Upcoming Events

Join us for one Elle of a Night of Bingo
Wednesday, March 16 - doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Shimon and Sara Birnbaum
Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 
Tickets: $25/per person in advance
Register online at or call 908.725.6994 x201.  
Join us for One Elle of a Shopping Spree   
Vineyard Vines at the Short Hills Mall
Tuesday, March 22 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Shop for a Cause - take 10% off your purchase and Vineyard Vines
gives 10% back to the Elle Foundation. 
Join us for One Elle of a 5K 

Sponsored by Affinity Credit Union Foundation 
Thursday evening, July 28, 2016 at Duke Island Park.

Registration website information coming soon!

One Elle of a Thank You


The Elle Foundation would like to thank Metro Porsche   

for making us their charity for 2015.   

The Elle Foundation received a generous donation of
$12,000 from this great organization! 

The Elle Foundation would like to thank From the Heart Thrift Shop in Somerville, NJ for their generous donation of $1,000.

Recent Fundraising Events
The 4th Annual Harvest Moon Dance and Basket Auction sponsored by the Raritan Chapter of UNICO National was held at St. Mary's Parish Center in Manville, NJ.

 They raised $2,000 for the Elle Foundation!
The Mountain View High School International Baccalaureate students of Stafford, VA, headed by Elise Whitworth, donated $500 of the proceeds from their Princess Boot Camp to the Elle Foundation.  This fun theatrical event is designed to inspire young girls to make a positive difference in the world.
The Nutcracker, presented by Generations of Dance a raised an amazing $4,080 for the Elle Foundation.
This great event featured many local dancers and was held at Roxbury High School in Succasunna, NJ.
Gabriel's Fountain in Martinsville, NJ hosted a National Ice Cream for Breakfast day benefiting the Elle Foundation.
A big Elle shout out to everyone that came and enjoyed Gabriel's delicious ice cream with breakfast toppings.
Amount Raised $1,105
Elizabethtown College's 6th Annual One Elle of a Night
Thank you to Elizabethtown College Dance Team and E-Dance Center for all their hard work. Also thank you to Vocalign Melica and Phalanx for performing! It was a great night! We raised $2,044.   
The Elle Foundation was the grateful recipient of $286 from a school-wide fundraiser at the Vanderveer Primary School in Somerville, NJ.
Pictured are Principals Mrs. Susan Haynes and Mr. Robert Reavey with Elle Foundation President Laurie Richmond.
Elle's Most Recent Wish Kids 
  Luke, age 16
  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

  Wish: Gibson Les Paul guitar and tour of the Custom shop. 

 Madeline, age 9
  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

 Wish: See The Force Awakens with her Dad.

 Lila May, age 5

  Wish: An Aulani Resort vacation on Oahu with her parents.

Elle's Resource Corner
For Hair Donation and Wigs: 
Children with Hair Loss
Bereavement Group for Parents and Families That Have Lost a Child:
The Compassionate Friends
Please Support Our Sponsors! 
One Elle of a thank you to our most newest sponsors and ambassadors who have supported Elle's Kids through events, donations and gifts in kind.

Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation

Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Community Awareness Club & Pride 

Chez Colour Haircolor Studio, Bridgewater, NJ

Elizabethtown College Dance Team

From the Heart Thrift Shop, Somerville, NJ 

Gabriel's Fountain, Martinsville, NJ 

Generations of Dance, Landings, NJ   

Gibson Foundation 


Metro New York Porsche Club of America

Mountain View High School, Stafford, VA

Park Slope Eye, Brooklyn, NY

PNC Bank, Bridgewater, NJ

UNICO National, Raritan Chapter  

Vanderveer School, Somerville, NJ 

Vineyard Vines, Short Hills, NJ

Wells Fargo Bank, Bridgewater, NJ 



Please visit our website for a full listing of our sponsors. 

The following hospitals have been on the front lines

of treatment for our Elle's kids:

  • Children's Hospital of Chicago & Lurie Children's - Chicago
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and
  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland, OR
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital 
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Morristown Memorial
  • Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, DE 
  • NYU Langone, Hassenfeld Children's Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson - Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ
  • Smilow Cancer Center at Yale
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • St. Luke's Roosevelt
  • St. Peter's Hospital
  • University of California - San Francisco