Winter 2018 Newsletter
December 21, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we are overwhelmed by the support we have continued to receive from our partners and friends this year. The past 12 months at the Ellie Fund have been characterized by growth.

In January 2018, we launched our Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program which extended the service offerings provided through our existing programs and includes specialized services to address the unique needs of patients diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer. In the first year of this new program, we received 254 applications from Metastatic Breast Cancer patients and we are proud to share that we were able to provide every patient with the critical services that they requested.

In the new year, our goal is to continue the growth that we started in 2018 by providing essential support to 1,000 breast cancer patients through service grants totaling 1 million dollars. We hope that you will continue to partner with us as we move closer to reaching this milestone.

As we look to 2019, we invite you to deepen your connection to the Ellie Fund as we continue to grow. Whether it's getting involved as a volunteer, buying a ticket to the Red Carpet Gala, or making a year-end gift to the Annual Fund, each will help the Ellie Fund continue to provide critical support services to local breast cancer patients and families.

On behalf of all of us at the Ellie Fund and the patients we serve, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your support.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

The Ellie Fund Team
Your Impact
We are honored to have distributed 869 critical support service grants to 797 breast cancer patients and families in 2018. Nearly $875,000 was provided in services, a 39% increase compared to 2017! Take a look at the impact of your support this year:

annualOur work is not possible without your support.

Because of your generosity, Kim and her family received grocery store gift cards while was undergoing treatment. In her words:

During this season of giving, we ask that you make a year-end gift to our Annual Fund . A donation today will help ease the burden of breast cancer treatment for patients like Kim and their families. With your help, we can strengthen our mission and make 2019 even more impactful!

In This Issue
Find Out More
Want to learn more about what we do and how we help? Visit the Ellie Fund's website!
Upcoming  Events
You're cordially invited to our 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala!
 Click here for details and tickets. 
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Ellie Fund Team
Meredith Bryan
Executive Director

Hillary Harrelson
Director of Development

Anne Meisner
Patient Services Manager

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Carole Burpee
Finance & Human Resources Manager

Kristen Sajdak
Programming & Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors:
Marcia Boyle
Board Chair

Jeff Popkin
Founding Director

Scott Clifford
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue

Thanda Fields Brassard

Scott Dorsey

Gail Fine

Tom Jacob

Laura Proctor

Heather Shanahan

Supporter Spotlight: ARS
We are deeply honored to have ARS Restoration Specialists (ARS) on Team Ellie! In an outpouring of generosity, ARS presented the Ellie Fund with an unprecedented donation of $325,000 at their annual holiday celebration on December 8.

Over the past 5 years, ARS has made contributions totaling over 1 million dollars. These funds have been instrumental in allowing the Ellie Fund to provide critical services to hundreds of breast cancer patients each year.  
"We continue to be impressed by the generosity of so many clients and friends for ARS's charitable giving initiatives," says Steve Sorkin, ARS's Chief Sales Officer. "ARS is proud to continue to support the Ellie Fund's mission of providing services to patients and their families battling breast cancer."
This contribution will help jump start a year of continued growth for the Ellie Fund. Our goal is to provide critical support and hope to 1,000 breast cancer patients through service grants totaling 1 million dollars in 2019.  The generosity exhibited by ARS brings us one step closer to reaching this milestone.

Tickets and sponsorships are now available for ARS Restoration Specialists' 13th Annual Casino Night on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Gillette Stadium.

To read more about this generous donation, click here.
Save the Date for our 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala!
You are invited to join us for a  fabulous night of film, food and fashion to benefit the Ellie Fund at our 23rd Annual Red Carpet Gala hosted in partnership with WCVB Channel 5! J oin us for Boston's exclusive live telecast of the Academy Awards® with delicious bites from gourmet chef stations hosted by, libations from premium hosted bars, live music from Rhett Price and Almost Owen, live and silent auctions, fabulous gift bags and more!

My Cause My Cleats with Tom Brady

Bid on a piece of sports history! While wearing these custom-made cleats in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings as part of the NFL's My Cause My Cleats Campaign, Tom Brady became the 95th quarterback in NFL history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. These game-worn and autographed cleats are currently being auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds from the auction benefiting the Ellie Fund and Best Buddies.

Do Good 2018

During the month of October, 50 companies pledged to Do Good and raised nearly $70,000 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We were thrilled to have the support of restaurants, retail stores, health and fitness clubs and other businesses. 7th Annual Do Good Partners included Fugal Fannie's, Sisters in Song, PLA! Boston, Abe & Louie's and April Soderstrom.

Fall 2018 Highlights

New England Amateur Harness Drivers (NEAHD) - In October, NEAHD raised money to support the Ellie Fund's mission! In partnership with Plainridge Park Casino, Harness Horseman's Association of New England and the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts , they raised $7,000!

100 Women of Southborough - We are proud to have been selected as the recipient of a $12,000 donation from the 100 Women of Southborough. We are so grateful to have the support of this amazing group of women who are committed to making an impact in their community!

Rubin Drive's "Light to Fight" Festival of Lights - A BIG thank you to the residents of Rubin Drive in Norton who set up incredible light displays for the holiday season and collected donations totaling more than $3,100 to support our mission! This touching tradition started 5 years ago in honor of their friend and neighbor who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

Pink Patch Program - We are very grateful to the police departments, fire departments and pubic service groups across the state who collectively raised over $3,000 for the Ellie Fund through the Pink Patch Program.  Special thanks to the Norton Police Department, Holliston Police Department, Emerson College Police Department and North Reading Fire Department for supporting our mission!

Students for Hope - Our Students for Hope Program raised nearly $20,000 this fall, engaging in partnerships with 20 area schools, clubs and teams. It has been an honor to work with so many fantastic groups! For information on joining Students for Hope, contact our Programming & Fundraising Assistant Kristen Sajdak at
Gearing Up for the 2019 Boston Marathon
The Ellie Fund is proud to once again be a part of the  John Hancock Non-Profit Program for the 2019 Boston Marathon! The Boston Marathon was the catalyst for the Ellie Fund's fundraising efforts, with co-founders Jeff and Eliot Popkin running in 1989, 1994 and 1996.  Thank you to  Team Ellie Boston Marathon  runners for 2019, Taylor McManama and David Sweet!

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