HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
Spring 2022 | news & updates
13th Annual People with Purpose Gala - April 23, 2022
Dear Friends,

Our 13th Annual People with Purpose Gala was an absolutely LOVE-ly evening!

We celebrated our HERS Award recipients: Dr. Vera Packard, the Buentello Family, Dr. Bogdan Eftimie, and Ramil Sumalpong, raised nearly $200,000 (net) in support of our Assistance Programs, and honored those who have battled this incredibly difficult disease.

We're grateful to Heather Holmes of KTVU FOX 2 who graciously served as our emcee, the always-entertaining auction pro Zan Aufderheide, and our guests who bid on auction items and donated beyond expectations in response to our fund-a-need. And we also appreciate our dedicated volunteers, hard-working vendors, and staff.

We're also very thankful to HERS Board members for their support, particularly gala event co-chair and Board President Kirstin Litz who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. Among our sponsors, Fremont Bank stands out for their incredibly generous Legacy Sponsorship and fund-a-need contribution made by bank Chairman Mike Wallace. We are thankful, too, to Washington Hospital Helathcare System for its significant Presenting-level Sponsorship and CEO Kimberly Hartz-Foster for her generous fund-a-need contribution.

Because our guests overwhelmingly praised our new venue -- Casa Bella Event Center -- we've already reserved the venue for next year's gala! Save the date and join us on Saturday, April 8, 2023, for what is sure to be another memorable evening.

With gratitude,

Tina Fernandez Steckler
Executive Director
Be sure to check out our photo albums with images that capture this amazing event's joy and join us in thanking volunteers Arnold S. and Gia P., and HERS staff member Muirgheal Forro for the images!
Sponsors: Businesses and Organizations Giving Back
Our mission fulfillment depends in large part on our generous event sponsors. Simply put, their investment sustains our programs and patients. We'd like to thank our 2022 People with Purpose event sponsors one more time. If you're curious about our sponsors services or products, be sure to click on their logos for more information.
Legacy Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Hope Sponsors
Empowerment Sponsors
Renewal Sponsors
Support Sponsors
Donor Highlight - Supervisor David Haubert
Thanks to Supervisor David Haubert (Alameda County District 1 -- pictured far left) for attending our gala and for generously donating $5,000 in support of HERS Assistance Programs!

In the Supervisor's words: "It was amazing to witness the long-term dedication of staff and volunteers at the recent HERS Pink Tie Gala. I am proud to support their great work in helping women cope with difficult challenges and providing resources."

Pictured L to R: Supervisor David Haubert, Laura Constantine, RN, Communications Director for Assemblymember Alex Lee (25th District), Charlsie Chang, HERS Executive Director Tina Fernandez Steckler, and Fremont City Councilmember Rick Jones.
It's Baaaack! Our Walk/Run/Yoga Fundraiser Returns!
We're thrilled to share that HERS will once again host this much-loved and meaningful event on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont, California.

Well over two decades established, this fundraiser is certain to be our best yet! All the things that make our event so special (besides YOU!) will be back: our breakfast table, Community Expo, the Buentello Family's Footprints and Survivors Booths, delicious barbecue lunch hosted by Dutra Enterprises, Inc., entertainment, raffle and giveaways, and our 5k walk, 5k/10k timed run, and outdoor all-levels yoga.

Registration will open July 1st; for now, check out our event pages and use the coming weeks to train, form a team, or plan a costume! We've had some seriously creative participants in the past -- a Pokemon team, plus Wonder Women and Mardi Gras celebrants -- so have fun with it! Registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and goody bag, all the activities listed above, AND the satisfaction of giving back.

Sponsor Alert: sponsorships are key to making this event a success, and this year we're offering several levels and enticing benefits. Whether you choose our entry-level $250 Bronze Sponsorship or go for the Gold or higher, your contribution will provide patients with post-surgical products and services.

Community Expo Alert: our popular expo is an impactful way to share your nonprofit's mission, your service group's work, or your company's products and services. We've had a wonderful variety of expo participants in the past and this year will be no different! Get exposure to 500+ individuals while making a difference in your community.

For more information, email info@hersbreastcancerfoundation.org or call (510) 790-1911.
NEW Livermore Location
HERS Breast Cancer Foundation is now a member of Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance's brilliant new CommontPoint Nonprofit Center and we are now open to serve area patients!

Our store's soft opening was in early May and the store is looking F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. Thanks to team members Annette and Anabela, our newest satellite location is lovingly decorated and well-stocked with post-surgical products, bras, breast forms, and more!

A joint Center/Member ribbon cutting and reception is slated for Thursday evening, June 16th. More information will be shared soon but for now, please save the date. We'll have giveaways and a raffle plus refreshments and heartwarming welcome speeches.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
CommonPoint Nonprofit Center
165 N. L Street, Suite 107
Livermore, CA 94550

To book an appointment, call (510) 790-1911.
Giving Back through an App
RoundUp is a fundraising app that makes giving back incredibly easy and it's secure, too! Register one or more debit or credit cards, and every purchase made will be rounded up and the differrence donated to HERS Assistance Programs.

Visit https://www.roundupapp.com/, click on the "Find a Nonprofit" tab, and search for HERS by name or use our Federal Tax ID #: 943309906.

A note to business owners: consider making HERS your beneficiary nonprofit. Register and designate HERS as the recipient of your customers' "round up" donations.

Need help? Have questions? Call Tina Fernandez Steckler at (510) 790-1911.
HERS Team Member Highlight - Annette Lewellyn
Annette Lewellyn, CFm (Certified Mastectomy Fitter), has been a member of the HERS Team for nine years and has served as our Program Director for the past five years.

Annette wears many hats at our organization, overseeing program store management, product ordering and inventory, training and supervising staff and volunteers, and accreditation compliance. Annette has overseen the opening of HERS satellite locations, including our San Leandro (Kaiser Permanente) and our newest location in Livermore (CommonPoint Nonprofit Center). And because Annette has developed strong patient bonds, she sometimes still provides direct patient services as time allows.

Annette and her husband, Steve, have been married for almost 37 years. They reside in Fremont and have three children, and recently became grandparents. Annette has worked in the medical field for over 30 years and loves working with patients. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She also has two Labrador retrievers whom she adores. Bella (pictured here with Annette) recently celebrated her 15th birthday and Cosmo, Annette's other much-loved dog, will soon be 12 years old.

Thank you, Annette, for your dedication to HERS!
HERS is your "soft place to fall."

As one of our dear patients shared years ago, HERS was her "soft place to fall" during one of the hardest times of her life. Being a soft place -- a haven -- aptly describes our mission and our spaces.

If you or someone you know is in need of post-surgical products, our compassionate team members are here for you. Our individualized assessment and fitting services, extensive selection of post-surgical products, and beautifully-appointed spaces make HERS unique.

As part of our health and safety measures, we continue to offer phone order fulfillment, curbside pick-up, and shipping options. Visitors to our locations may be assured that we continue to practice sanitizing, social-distancing, and mask-wearing.

Call today to book your appointment or have your questions answered: (510) 790-1911.