Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter
December 20, 2016
Make an impact this holiday season
A note from Scott Clifford, Board Vice Chair
Scott and Nancy Clifford  
As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, it is easy for each of us to become overwhelmed by holiday parties, holiday cards, holiday concerts, holiday dinners, holiday parties and dreaded shopping! It is during these times that we can lose our focus. We should remember at this time of year what is truly important- family. Family is what the holidays represent. Family is also what the Ellie Fund represents.

A close friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. She was fortunate to have an involved family along with friends and neighbors who were able to help in the first several months of her battle with the disease. I felt an overwhelming need to do something. That is when my friend introduced me to the Ellie Fund, by sharing the story of a single mother of four who was actively being treated for breast cancer while working full time to keep her health insurance. I was astounded and asked how she was doing it. The answer was the support she was receiving from the Ellie Fund, who was providing her and her children with hot and nutritious meals. It meant the world to this single mother. Instead of coming home from work or after treatment and worrying about what she was going to cook, she was able to rest and get back to her real job, her family.

Over the last seven years (and the last five on the Board of Directors), I have been moved countless times by stories like this and the incredible impact a single donation can have on a family. This year, my office, instead of distributing gifts to some of our corporate clients as a thank you, will be making a donation in the client's name to the Ellie Fund.

"Supporting Patients, Funding Care, Providing Hope." I cannot think of better words to describe what the Ellie Fund truly means to families throughout Massachusetts. But more importantly, I cannot think of a better way for our office to support patients, fund care and provide hope that so many families desperately need during the holidays. If you and/or your company wish to do something that will have an impact on a family who is struggling during this time, I encourage you to follow our lead by making a generous donation on behalf of your customers/clients to the Ellie Fund.

On behalf of my family, whose unwavering support allows me to devote so much time to the Ellie Fund, and The Law Offices of Lipsey & Clifford, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday and Happy New Year.

Scott Clifford
Board Vice Chair

A new home for Team Ellie
On November 1, the Ellie Fund moved into its new home at 200 Reservoir Street in Needham. We are excited to experience continued growth in our beautiful space!
Your Impact
Patient Grant Information: October - December 2016   
Nearly 200 grants were given out this quarter with over $112,000 provided in services!

Our work would not be possible without your support. donate
Because of you, we can continue to give invaluable assistance to patients like Lisa, a 49-year-old with metastatic breast cancer, who wrote to us recently sharing:

"My gift from the Ellie Fund of 3 months of grocery assistance is the best gift I could receive right now- actually at any time. What I appreciate most is the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Ellie Fund. Being able to truly experience unconditional kindness, love and support is when I am doing and feeling best. I let go of the anger and depression and let in good, positive vibes. Thank you for being a large source of that good stuff."

Your donation today will help patients like Lisa ease the burdens of breast cancer treatment on their journey towards recovery and healing.

The Red Carpet rolls out on Sunday, February 26, 2017 for the 21st Annual Red Carpet Gala presented by Gemini Industries. We are proud to honor ARS Restoration Specialists with the 5th Annual Rose Award at the Gala in recognition of their unwavering, generous commitment to all the patients we serve. The night will include a fabulous live and silent auction, a performance by Louie Bello, chef stations by, viewing of the 89th Academy Awards and more!

Reserved tables and individual tickets are available now and make the perfect holiday gift! Buy now!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Mobile Bidding Sponsor

Principal Sponsors

Supporting Sponsor

Exclusive Wine Sponsor




Sponsorship opportunities at various levels are available. For more information, click here or contact Hillary Harrelson at

Special Thanks to the Red Carpet Gala 2017 Committee:
Tabitha Adeli, Marcia & Bill Boyle, Madeleine Capino, Sue Brady Hartigan,
Luba Levin, Diane & Robert McManama, Christina & Ryan Pierce, Laura Proctor,
Rachel & Matt Segien, Kelley Tuthill
Do Good Campaign and Annual Fund  
We are excited to announce that over $70,000 was raised through 41 partnerships during our Do Good Campaign in the month of October! In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local restaurants, businesses and individuals joined us as fundraising partners, teaming up to #DoGood!
Please click here to view our Do Good 2016 partners!

There's still time to Do Good and fund care to over 700 breast cancer patients and family members throughout Massachusetts annually. Contribute to our Annual Fund, providing hope on the journey to recovery and healing. Thank you for your support!
April Soderstrom Trunk Show

Special thanks to April Soderstrom, jewelry designer extraordinaire, for donating 25% of the profits from a recent private shopping party. Over $3,500 was donated from the event to support breast cancer patients and families. 

April is continuing to give through the sale of her pink crystal cluster earrings. 50% of the cost of each set benefits our mission. Attention, last-minute shoppers: they make wonderful holiday gifts!

Students for Hope

Students at Fontbonne Academy (Milton), Whitman-Hanson High, Boston College High School (Dorchester), Brennan Middle School (Attleboro), Sippican School (Marion), Nichols College (Dudley) and Roderick Elementary (Wrentham) have raised over $12,000 so far this school year in partnership with our Students for Hope program.

"At Fontbonne we believe that we are all connected to each other and so we have a responsibility to reach out and improve the lives of those we can," said Sister Betsy, Director of Mission & Ministry. "The Ellie Fund has a special place in our hearts and everyone in the community gets involved at some level."

The Ellie Fund is thrilled to have the support of so many schools, teams and clubs. In partnership with our Students for Hope program, young people of all ages take an active roll in directly alleviating the physical, emotional and financial burdens of breast cancer treatment.

To learn more about our Students for Hope program, please click here or contact Students for Hope Coordinator Natalie Kfoury via email at or by phone at 781-449-0100.   
Supporter Spotlight
Words cannot fully express our heartfelt gratitude for the enduring support from many of the Ellie Fund's supporters, including ARS Restoration Specialists . As one of our largest donors, ARS plays a vital role in the success of the Ellie Fund's mission and our ability to support patients by funding care and providing hope. 

On December 17, our entire staff attended the Annual ARS Holiday Party where we were honored to be presented with a check for $150,000, our largest single donation ever!

We are thrilled to announce that, as a result of the generosity from ARS and all of our dedicated supporters, the Ellie Fund has surpassed a record $1,000,000 in annual fundraising!
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