Ellie Fund Newsletter
Fall 2019
October 17, 2019
Introducing the Ellie Fund's New Board Chair
A note from Scott Clifford
I was introduced to the Ellie Fund nine years ago when a close friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt an overwhelming need to do something to help her and her family. That's when she told me about the Ellie Fund; she shared her story of being a single mother of four who was actively being treated for breast cancer while working full time in order to keep her health insurance. She told me that the only way that she was able to continue caring for her family and undergo treatment was with the support she received from the Ellie Fund.  Over the last nine years (seven of which I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors) I have heard countless more stories of families in Massachusetts facing similar situations, choosing between feeding their families and paying medical bills.
I am thrilled to be stepping into my new role as Chair of the Board of Directors at such an exciting time for the Ellie Fund. In 2019, we are on pace to serve over a 1,000 patients! As we continue to
support the needs of patients and families who are facing a breast cancer diagnosis, the demand for the services that the Ellie Fund provides continues to grow. I am confident that with our great team of dedicated staff, our board and our volunteers, along with our generous corporate and individual donors, we will be able meet these demands. The financial burdens that one encounters while facing this disease can be impacted by a single donation. Imagine that - a single donation can address the sudden and unexpected emotional and financial stress that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis.  
I know I speak for my board colleagues, when I extend our deepest appreciation to Marcia Boyle for her steadfast dedication and leadership as Board Chair for the past 5 years.  She has served as a mentor to so many involved at the Ellie Fund and we are thrilled that she is not only staying on the Board of Directors, but chairing our Patient Services Committee in order to put her efforts where it matters most to all of us, our patients. Thank you, Marcia and to the entire Boyle family for supporting her in her passion to help Ellie Fund patients for so many years.  
I am truly honored to serve this upcoming year as Chair of the Board of Directors. I know that with the continued support of my family, our generous donors, our hardworking volunteers and the amazing staff at the Ellie Fund we will continue to be able to assist families in need the services we provide. 
Best wishes.
Scott J. Clifford
Chair of Board of Directors
Your Impact
So far in 2019, the Ellie Fund has distributed 825 critical service grants to 759 breast cancer patients through our Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program and Metastatic Breast Cancer Program. Take a look at the profound impact of your support:


Because of your generosity, we are able to provide invaluable assistance to patients like Susan who wrote to us recently sharing:
"I cried when I first received the gift cards from the Ellie Fund in the mail and I have cried every month since. My heart is filled with gratitude for such a  beautiful and generous gift. Thank you so very much!"
Make a donation today to help patients like
Susan tomorrow.  

In This Issue
Do Good this October! 
Sip, savor, sweat and shop with our 2019 Do Good Partners in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Save the Date:
Ellie Fund 2020 Events
Red Carpet Gala
Join us on the Red Carpet at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on Sunday, February 9, 2020 for a fabulous celebration of film, food, and fundraising!

5 for Ellie
Hit the runway with us and WCVB on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza!

Real Golfers Wear Pink
Come out to Brae Burn Country Club on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 to join us for a day on the links!
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Ellie Fund Team

Meredith Mendelson
Executive Director

Danna Remen
Director of Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy

Anne Meisner
Patient Services

Kaitlyn Ferrini
Events & Public Relations Manager

Edith Hershkovitz
Finance Manager

Kristen Sajdak
Patient & Administrative Coordinator

Kellie O'Brien
Development & Fundraising Assistant

Board of Directors:

Scott Clifford
Board Chair

Tom Jacob
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue

Jeff Popkin

Marcia Boyle

Thanda Fields Brassard

Gail Fine

Amy Edwards

Tom Jacob

Cynthia Kropp

Heather Shanahan

Jeannie Shanahan
Supporter Spotlight: Sisters in Song
We are deeply honored to have the talented members of Sisters in Song on Team Ellie! Sisters in Song, founded by Jeff Pietrantoni, Mary Anne Spartos and Stacy Arambages, aims to give back to their community by hosting fabulous choral performances to benefit the Ellie Fund.
For the past 8 years, Sisters in Song has hosted a concert series in October raising a total of more than $50,000 to benefit the Ellie Fund and the patients we serve.  HUGE thank you to the members of Sisters in Song for your continued dedication to our mission! 
Team Ellie Runs Boston
  In partnership with the  John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the Ellie Fund is honored to participate in the 2020 Boston Marathon. If you're interested in joining #TeamEllie, apply today!
Do Good 2019
  This October, we are thrilled to host our 9th Annual Do Good Campaign in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Companies are participating by hosting events, donating a percentage of sales or collecting contributions support our mission.
  Click here for our 2019 Do Good Partners.  
Featured Partners

October 25
10% of Proceeds Donated 
October 24 
Proceeds Donated 
Real Golfers Wear Pink Event Recap
 On Tuesday, September 17 over 120 golfers and Ellie Fund supporters proudly wore pink at Brae Burn Country Club for the 7th Annual Real Golfers Wear Pink Charity Golf Tournament. We are thrilled to share that we raised over $100,000 to provide critical support services to breast cancer patients and their families.

Special thanks to Birdie Sponsors Law Offices of Lipsey & Clifford, P.C., The Jacob Family, The Piltch Family, Ligris, Murphy Electric & Industrial Services, FBN Construction and all of our sponsors, golfers and donors!

This Quarter's Highlights
  • #TeamEllie at the Falmouth Road Race - Our Falmouth Road Race runners raised over $9,000! We were so honored to have the Ellie Fund's own Kirsten Sajdak, Nicole Hartery, Kara Wishart, Brittany Rinn, Ann Marie Sargent and Alana Anderson run for Team Ellie.
  • Serena & Lily Grand Opening - In September, Serena & Lily opened their first Massachusetts location at Chestnut Hill Square in Newton. The luxury furniture and home decor retailer donated a percentage of their opening weekend proceeds to the Ellie Fund!
  • PLA! For a Cause -  The Ellie Fund was honored to once again be selected as the beneficiary of the PLA! For a Cause luncheon hosted by PLA! Boston on October 10. This amazing group of women came together to raise over $4,000 to benefit the patients we serve. Special thanks to Candy O'Terry for interviewing 3 Ellie Fund patients who bravely shared their stories at the event.

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