Ellie Fund Newsletter
Fall 2018
October 18, 2018
Introducing the Ellie Fund's Executive Director
A note from Meredith Bryan
 
I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Ellie Fund's new Executive Director. I come to the Ellie Fund from the field of child welfare and serious poverty, having worked at The Home for Little Wanderers for 7 years. Since starting in July, I have been consistently amazed by the sheer compassion that the Ellie Fund exudes in all they do.
 
Kindness is here at the Ellie Fund; it flourishes, it heals and it matters.
 
One thing has stood out to me in the meetings I have had with patients, oncology professionals and  
friends - everyone has an Ellie. Ellie is a person who gives so much of themselves to care for those around them, even in the midst of being faced with challenges and hardships. My Ellie is my mother, Linda, who lived with metastatic breast cancer for 8 years. Though Jeff and Eliot Popkin were much younger than I when they lost their beloved mother Ellie, we share similar experiences. Our mothers were both women who cared deeply for everyone around them. They were mothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, co-workers and friends. They were beautiful and kind and, even when things got tough, they were more concerned about others than themselves.
 
Everyone has an Ellie.
 
I have had the privilege of working at some of Boston's most beloved institutions that aim to cure, prevent and understand various diseases and public health issues. But I have never, until now, seen the power of sheer kindness and compassion like what is on display at the Ellie Fund.
 
It is my hope that, together, we can continue to identify resources, learn about new integrative therapies and ensure that we are effectively serving our patients to the best of our ability. I look forward to years dedicated to achieving our mission of providing essential support services and compassionate care to breast cancer patients so that they can focus on when really matters - family, recovery and healing.
 
I am honored to be a part of the Ellie Fund team and look forward to meeting you.
 
Thank you,
 
Meredith Bryan 
Executive Director  
Your Impact
We are honored to have distributed 236 critical service grants through our Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program and Metastatic Breast Cancer Program in the third quarter of 2018. Take a look at the profound impact of your support:
 
Because of your generosity, we were 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 2018 Do Good Partners in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
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Ellie Fund Team
Staff:

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

Scott Clifford
Vice Chair

Ron Lanoue
Treasurer

Jeff Popkin
Founding Director

Thanda Fields Brassard

Gail Fine

Scott Dorsey

Amy Edwards

Tom Jacob

Laura Proctor

Heather Shanahan
Supporter Spotlight: Jessica Hennessy, The Haute Life
  We are deeply honored to have Jessica Hennessy and The Haute Life on Team Ellie! Jessica has been a dedicated supporter of the Ellie Fund since 2015, helping us cultivate valuable relationships and sharing our mission far and wide.
 
"As someone who walked alongside a spouse who was diagnosed with cancer, I understand the impact that this disease has on a family," says Jess. "The Ellie Fund provides services that families so desperately need to lighten the burden of a cancer diagnosis so that patients can focus on their health and their loved ones."

This month, Jessica and The Haute Life are hosting two exciting events to support the Ellie Fund's mission. Tonight, Jessica invites you to shop at Alice + Olivia on Newbury Street. Enjoy cocktails and shop new holiday pieces with 20% of the sales benefiting the Ellie Fund. RSVP to bostonstore@aliceandolivia.com!

Next week, Jessica is teaming up with Codigo 1530 and Towne Stove and Spirits for Do Good in Towne! Sip specialty cocktails featuring Codigo 1530 with colleagues and friends on October 25. Buy tickets here!
Team Ellie Runs Boston
  In partnership with the  John Hancock Non-Profit Program, the Ellie Fund is honored to participate in the 2019 Boston Marathon. If you're interested in joining #TeamEllie, apply today !
Do Good 2018
  This October, we are thrilled to host our 8th 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 2018 Do Good Partners.  
 
Featured Partners
 
   
   
"Fight Like a Girl" Merchandise
20% of proceeds donated
 
   
Pink Jewelry 
50% of proceeds donated 
 
Real Golfers Wear Pink Event Recap
 On Monday, October 15 over 100 golfers and Ellie Fund supporters proudly wore pink at Brae Burn Country Club for the 6th Annual Real Golfers Wear Pink Charity Golf Tournament. We are thrilled to share that we raised over $85,000 to provide critical support services to breast cancer patients and their families.

Special thanks to Birdie Sponsors Lipsey & Clifford, The Abbrecht Family, The Brennan Family, all of our sponsors, golfers and donors!
 
Summer Highlights
  • BBJ Corporate Citizenship Awards - The Ellie Fund was honored to be recognized alongside ARS Restoration Specialists by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston's Corporate/Nonprofit Partners of the Year. This distinct recognition is the result of years of generosity shown by ARS. Many thanks to the team at ARS for your partnership and continued commitment to our mission. 

  • Fresh Pond Womens Golf League - This summer, Fresh Pond Womens Golf League and the Lexington Pine Cones held fundraising tournaments to benefit the Ellie Fund. Together the two leagues raised $2,300!

  • #TeamEllie at the Falmouth Road Race - Our Falmouth Road Race runners raised over $15,000! We were so honored to have Ellie Fund Co-Founder Jeff Popkin, Board Vice Chair Scott Clifford, Nicole Hartery, Jessica Lang, John McCarey and Chrissy Sills run for Team Ellie.


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