Fall 2017 Newsletter
September 14, 2017
Why I Decided to Support the Ellie Fund
A note from Tom Jacob, Ellie Fund Board Member
There are hundreds, even t housands, of great and noble charities, so why did I decide to  support the Ellie Fund and join its Board of Directors? What is unique and special about this nonprofit? For me it boiled  down to its mission and the people who work and volunteer at the Ellie Fund.

The Ellie Fund provides nutritional and grocery assistance, transportation to medical appointments, prepared and delivered meals, childcare reimbursement and light housekeeping to patients and families undergoing treatment for breast cancer. While providing these services is the tangible output, what we really provide is a small amount of freedom. Patients who benefit from Ellie Fund grants do not have to worry about some of the everyday life chores that don't go away just because they are dealing with breast cancer. 
We are very fortunate to be led by Gail Fine, our Executive Director, whose management skills, leadership and energy are unsurpassed. She is supported by our great staff at the Ellie Fund, who are dedicated to providing support to families faced with breast cancer. They are compassionate and focused with great respect for the patients they serve- all with a great sense of humor. Patient Services Coordinator Anne Meisner, Director of Development Hillary Harrelson, Events & Public Relations Manager Kaitlyn Ferrini, Administrative & Fundraising Assistant Natalie Kfoury and Finance & Human Resources Coordinator Carole Burpee all go above and beyond to assist our families and I could not be more proud of their commitment and skill.

I am also involved with providing funding for cancer research. While finding a cure is obviously important work, we also need to support those dealing with the disease now. The Ellie Fund does just that. I am humbled and honored to be a part of such a great organization. My sincere thanks for your dedication to our mission.
Thank you,

Tom Jacob
Board Member
Your Impact
314 grants were distributed from July through September 2017 with $137,534 provided in services, a 15% increase compared to this quarter in 2016. Take a look at the impact of your support:
Our work is not possible without your support.
Because of you, we can continue to provide invaluable assistance to patients like Kate, a 42-year-old single mother, who recently wrote to us sharing:
" I'm not someone who cries easily or often, but I had to explain to my son that there are such things as happy tears when I opened my Ellie Fund grant letter in front of him.  I've been blessed with countless silver linings along this journey, and they all have made it possible for me to view this as one of the happiest times in my life rather than one of the darkest. I hope that you'll share my utmost gratitude and appreciation with all those who made this grant possible for me. "  

Your donation today will help ease the burdens of breast cancer treatment for patients like Kate. Give now to make a difference.

In This Issue
Find Out More
Want to learn more about what we do and how we help? Visit the Ellie Fund's website!
Do Good this October!
Join our 7th Annual
Do Good Campaign! Click here for details.
Join Our Team
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for fundraising, special events and patient services. To sign up, please complete and return the Volunteer Application to Diane McManama, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@elliefund.org.
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Ellie Fund Team

Gail Fine
Executive Director

Hillary Harrelson
Director of Development

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Coordinator

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Carole Burpee
Finance & Human Resources Coordinator

Natalie Kfoury
Administrative & Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors:

Marcia Boyle
Board Chair

Jeff Popkin
Founding Director

Scott Clifford
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue

Scott Dorsey

Tom Jacob

Laura Proctor

Heather Shanahan

Advisory Board:

Tabitha Adeli
Special Projects

Robin Jones
Communications Consultant

Dr. Elsie Levin
Medical Advisor

Luba Levin
Special Projects

Diane McManama
Volunteer Coordinator

Ben Rawitz
Strategic Partnerships
Gearing Up for Do Good 2017
This October, we are thrilled to launch our 7th Annual Do Good Campaign in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do Good invites members of our community to shop, dine and visit partnering local businesses to support the Ellie Fund. To learn more about how you can Do Good, click here

Featured Do Good Partners:

$1 from every Seaport Crush purchased now through October benefits Do Good.

Three performances in September of "A Beautiful Pair 6: Feel the Love" support our mission.
Supporter Spotlight: Gemini Industries, Inc.
The Ellie Fund is honored to hav e the support of Gemini Industries, Inc. Founded by Victoria Bondoc when she was just 26-years-old, Gemini Industries provides rapid response and innovative solutions to create the future of National Security. Gemini has recently implemented "The Gemini Edge: Battlefield to Boardroom," a consulting program to help companies build teams that are highly-skilled and fiercely committed to achieving goals using cutting-edge technology, processes, tools and metrics.  
"Breast cancer is a battle and we want a fair fight. The Ellie Fund provides the services that allow women and their families to focus their energy on 'Mission Success,'" said Bondoc. As the Presenting Sponsor of our annual Red Carpet Gala for the past two years, Gemini's support of the Ellie Fund has helped to successfully provide critical services to women, men and families undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Victoria and the entire Gemini team are steadfast in their commitment to our mission and we are honored to have them on Team Ellie. Thank you Gemini! 
5th Annual Real Golfers Wear Pink
We are thrilled to announce that our 5th Annual Real Golfers Wear Pink Charity Golf Tournament raised over $80,000! More than 100 golfers joined us on Monday, August 28 at Wollaston Golf Club for a fabulous day on the links in support of our mission. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Walmart and to all of the event's sponsors, donors and supporters for making the tournament a fabulous success.

Summer Highlights
  • Fresh Pond Womens Golf League- Early this summer,

     Fresh Pond Womens Golf League held a fundraising tournament to benefit the Ellie Fund. The League raised over $1,300!
  • Commonwealth Financial Network- Dedicated staff assembled over 30 care packages to be distributed to Ellie Fund patients and families. Special thanks for their generosity and time in putting together these tote bags filled with helpful products!
  • Team Ellie at the Falmouth Road Race- Our amazing Falmouth Road Race runners raised nearly $40,000! We were so honored to have Ellie Fund Founders Jeff and Eliot Popkin, Gina Baiona, Laura Champagne, Emily Doerr, Paulina Kozak, Holly Maloney, Dillon Prives, Chrissy Sills, Amy Sparks and Cody Whalen run for Team Ellie.
  • 5th Annual Bombshells Against Breast Cancer- We teamed up with MJ O'Connor's Waterfront in August for the 5th Annual Bombshells Against Breast Cancer where over $4,000 was raised to benefit our mission. Our sincere thanks to guests, event partners and donors.
  • Ellie Fund at New England Revolution- In partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, we invited patients and their families as well as members of Team Ellie to a New England Revolution game. We had a blast cheering on the Revs in their 1-0 win!
Students for Hope
We are thrilled to kick off our Students for Hope Program with the start of the new school year! From classrooms to teams, clubs and more, Students for Hope encourages people of all ages to give back. We are proud to support fundraising initiatives of all kinds, including sports benefit games, walks, school-wide competitions, classroom donations and more. 

Click here for more information on how you can get involved with Students for Hope!

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