HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
December 2017 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! !

Dear Friends,

We hope you're enjoying the spirit and wonder of the holiday season! Like many of us, you might be reflecting on the past year and starting anew in 2018. These thoughts have been foremost in my mind, too, especially during these first weeks as a new member of the HERS team. I've enjoyed many "getting to know you" conversations with clients, staff, volunteers, board members, and donors, many of whom shared musings on change and their hopes for the coming months.

Executive Director Tina Fernandez Steckler with her beautiful family, celebrating her father's 80th birthday. Not pictured: Tina's busy adult children!

Without a doubt, 2017 has been eventful for this organization! HERS said goodbye to our Stanford store and several staff members, welcomed new employees, hosted successful fundraisers, and served a growing clientele. 

Through it all, the dedication of staff and volunteers, and donor generosity have been constant, affirming that HERS is much beloved in our communities.

Staff, volunteers, clients, and supporters have accomplished so much this year! Fundraising highlights this year include our successful People With Purpose Gala and our 18th Annual Walk/Run. With your help, we raised over $120,000 -- funds that will provide the resources and support needed to heal from breast cancer. We're so grateful to our sponsors, participants, guests, and volunteers who made these events possible.

Yet event success isn't measured solely by financials. It's also measured in increased community connectedness and heightened awareness about breast cancer, a disease that will affect 1 in 8 women. This is well illustrated by Lisa, a first-ever HERS Walk/Run participant who signed up to support a friend who is a HERS client and a multi-year survivor. Lisa recently shared that experience with me, speaking with awe about the "unforgettable" moment she witnessed the dove release and the triumph and joy that was evident in those around her. Lisa is just one of many who made a difference on September 30th and are feeling empowered long after crossing the finish line.

Photo credit: Lisa Fraga Ramos

In October, our communities' generosity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month fortified client and staff spirit, and united many diverse groups in support of our cause. Fundraisers were held by Fremont's Police and Fire Departments, retailers such as Brighton and Glassybaby, and local businesses including Pacific West Gymnastics, which hosted Barb's Pink Party in honor of their dear friend. As of this writing, nearly $30,000 has been raised thanks to our hardworking and creative donors.

Across our programs and services, we served over 1,900 clients this year. More than 400 clients participated in our charitable We Support, You Survive program

In the coming year, we'll continue to serve more survivors, increase our community education and outreach efforts, welcome community members to an Open House (more about that soon!), and host our 2018 People with Purpose gala (April 21) and 19th Annual Walk/Run (September 30). 

Happy Holidays to one and all!

Tina Fernandez Steckler
Executive Director

Gift Shopping at Fremont Store

The Fremont store is looking more festive than ever! Many thanks to our wonderful volunteer Paula for the decorating help.

Please come visit us soon: Suite 130 in Washington West Women's Center (map and hours).

Giving gifts warms the hearts of both giver and receiver. Giving gifts that support the vital services provided by HERS is sure to feel even better!

We have a lot of great ideas for your holiday shopping list -- bags, jewelry, scarves, sleep caps, Laurel Burch gifts, T-shirts (HERS soft baseball tee and Fremont Firefighters Breast Cancer tee), and so much more. 

We also have a 3-month promotion right now. Come in and get a Customer Loyalty card. Fill the card (hole punches) and get 20% off your next purchase. Ask at the store for details.

If you have any questions, please call the store at 510-790-1911 or send email to hersinfo@hersbreastcancerfoundation.org

May your holidays be filled with all the joys and blessings of the season! 
Support HERS While You Shop!

There has never been an easier way to support HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. Enroll at the link below and as you shop with participating merchants, up to 20% of your purchases in-store or online will automatically be returned to us as a contribution on your behalf. Simply link any credit or debit card during enrollment and shop with participating merchants as you normally would. It's an easy and safe one-time free enrollment for you and there are no costs to us.

Shop&Support uses bank level security. Your card will not be charged by Shop&Support and this program will not affect other reward programs on your card. They do not sell or rent their customer lists to anyone. You can read more about their privacy policy.

Shop&Support is constantly adding new vendors to their list of participating stores, restaurants, and online retailers. If you, or anyone you know, owns a business that would like to get involved, please let us know. HERS will get extra benefits from referring new vendors! 

If you have any questions about HERS participation in Shop&Support, please contact Kirstin Litz, board member. For other questions, please contact Shop&Support through their web site. They are friendly and helpful!

Thank you! We are always touched by your generosity and hope you find this an easy way to support HERS that doesn't cost you anything - just shop away!

Save the Date 
People with Purpose: A Pink Tie Gala

We're already getting excited for our biggest event of the year! The next People with Purpose Gala will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Castlewood Country Club. Mark your calendars!

There will be a cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, inspiring honoree speeches, an entertaining auction, and dancing! Each year this event is more fabulous, and the attendees make it a night to be remembered. KTVU's Heather Holmes will emcee.

This event honors those whose work and contributions provide hope, empowerment, renewal, and support to those affected by breast cancer. Honorees will be announced early in 2018.

Ticket sales will be open online in January, but if you want to reserve a table now, please call Tina at  510-790-1911 or email her at tinaf@hersbreastcancerfoundation.org.

Please contact Tina for more information about sponsoring the event.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

Fremont   *   Pleasanton

(510) 790-1911  

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