The Ellie Fund hosted its annual Kelley for Ellie fashion show and fundraiser on June 8, 2015 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. This event was presented by The Slater Foundation, attracted nearly 350 guests and raised over $120,000.
Sponsored by WCVB-TV, guests were treated to delicious wines courtesy of 90+ Cellars, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, an exciting live auction and a fashion show featuring summer looks from Neiman Marcus Boston modeled by the newswomen (and newsmen!) of WCVB.
Patriots QB Tom Brady stopped by this year’s event to lend his support and visit cancer patients being assisted by the Ellie Fund.
Former WCVB News Anchor and Kelley for Ellie emcee Susan Wornick founded the event to honor colleague Kelley Tuthill who was diagnosed with Stage 3, Level 3 breast cancer on December 22, 2006. Shortly after Kelley’s diagnosis, the wife and mother of two young daughters made the brave decision to turn the camera on herself and chronicle her treatment regimen. Television cameras followed Kelley during her mastectomy, subsequent chemotherapy treatments, and recovery — documenting every step of the way in her online video diary.
Nine years later, Kelley’s health is excellent and the Ellie Fund has grown from serving 50 patients and their families to more than 700 each year. Our annual Kelley for Ellie fashion show has also grown to become one of the most sought after event tickets due to the exciting nature of the event – full of hope, laughs, and great fashions.
“This is truly one of my favorite events of the year for the Ellie Fund,” said Ellie Fund Executive Director Gail Fine, “It not only celebrates Kelley’s tremendous recovery but also inspires and gives great hope to all of us who have been personally touched by this devastating disease. It is particularly special this year to recognize Kelley for her strong commitment to the Ellie Fund by bringing awareness to daily side effects of breast cancer treatment.”
The Ellie Fund was created in 1995 to provide essential support services to breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recover and healing.
“Receiving my diagnosis was unimaginable and truly devastating for me and my family,” says WCVB’s Kelley Tuthill. “Documenting my journey was not only therapeutic for me, but also allowed me to connect with other breast cancer patients. I applaud the Ellie Fund for recognizing and addressing the serious toll that treatment takes on breast cancer patients and their families. Their support goes beyond providing critical services, the Ellie Fund is a compassionate, hopeful partner in every patient’s journey.”
FRONT: Olessa Stepanova (WCVB Traffic Anchor) Gail Fine (Ellie Fund Executive Director) Jim Lokay (WCVB Anchor) Heather Unruh (WCVB Anchor) Liz Brunner (former WCVB Anchor) Susan Wornick (former WCVB Anchor and event emcee) Antoinette Antonio (WCVB Anchor) Kelley Tuthill (WCVB Reporter) Shayna Seymour (Chronicle Reporter) Erika Tarantal (WCVB Anchor and Reporter) Bill Fine (WCVB President and General Manager) BACK ROW: Tom Brady – New England Patriots Quarterback, VIP guest J.C. Monahan (WCVB Anchor and Chronicle Anchor) David Brown (former WCVB Meteorologist) Credit: Dina Konovalov
In addition to The Slater Foundation, WCVB and Neiman Marcus Boston, the Kelley for Ellie event relies on a number of generous event contributors including award-winning Charles David Salons & Spas, Weldon Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, Boston Breast Diagnostic Center, Dependable Cleaners, First Commons Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Eastern Bank, Analogic, Silverlink Communications, Nancy & Rick Kelleher, Sara Campbell LTD, Epstein, Lipsey and Clifford, P.C. and Mercury Moving & Storage Systems.