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
Happy Holidays to one and all!
Tina Fernandez Steckler