Linda Creed (December 6, 1949April 10, 1986) also known by her married name Linda Epstein, was an American songwriter who teamed up with Thom Bell to produce some of the most successful Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s.A few months ago my friend Patti told me of her involvement with the Linda Creed Foundation and asked if I wanted to come out and cover it for PhillyChitChat. Of course, I said, I was a big fan of Linda Creed she wrote some of my favorite songs, she’s a Philadelphian, and anything I can do to help get the word out about the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. In our discussions I asked if they had a photographer and how they were going to distribute the photos. Here is Lisa Brownstein who was a friend of Linda Creed’s and put in motion of starting a this foundation in her friend’s honor. “It just started when a few of us were talking at the kitchen table.” with her is her aunt Carol Frieder

She mentions that they have never had a photographer, it’s not in their budget, they this is their one event a year to raise funds for people w/o insurance to get the care they need when they are diagnosed with breast cancer, that the funds from this organization stay right here in Philadelphia and it all goes to the care of the patient. Say no more I will do what I can for youse. Lisa Nutter was supposed to appear in person, but a few days before the event pulled out because “something came up”, but I was excited to meet a few of Linda Creed’s relatives like her aunts Renee Kasepf and Shirlee Kaplan with friend Gini Peltz

There was a fashion show and 80 year old, 25 yr survivor volunteer Sally Harris took part in the catwalkSO the reason I am posting these photos so late is because I did try and get them in several publications, where I am usually successful, but because of the season and the run up to the New Year, no such luck. But they are just as tickled to be on Philly Chit Chat, and I am excited to tell you about the Linda Creed Foundation. The Board of Directors. L-R Mary Olssen, Patty Friel, Ferald Olsen, Isabel Momer, Maryanne Cascicato, and Kathy Latinee. Renee McNear, Sallie Harris Carol Muray and Alberta Crawford enjoy the day. Now this event began at 11AM and these girls were dressed, just every day girls touched by breast cancer in their family and out to spend the first December weekend sharing in the hope for a cure. I really enjoyed photographing this event. Everyone was just so into the day. Buying lots and lots of raffle tickets, talking fashion, excited for the holidays.And can say something, OMG I have been to a lot of events and the donations that rolled in for these folks were off the hook. I asked Patti how she did it, how did she get the Florida trips, the Movado Watch, everything. Patti is not a PR person, she’s an assistant to a judge at Common Pleas Court, she could be retired but she’s waiting for her judge to retire, as for the Movado watch, she was in NYC saw it in the window, walked in and said to the sales person “Who do I talk to to get that watch donated to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation Luncheon in Philadelphia” and that was it the ball was rolling. Thank you so much sponsors. All the items in these baskets were the ones where you bought the ticket and then dropped the ticket in a basket to win. There was a silent auction table too. Marcia Shprintz and Adele Miller

Katrina Keating, Catherine Ryan, Haley Rooney, Annie Finefan, Casey Rooney, Kolbe Keating, Carly Keating Christina Wilton (OK I realize I should have moved poor Kolbe from behind Carly’s head)
The students from Villanova donated Four Hundred dollars
Shirlee Kaplan awards the the Gene Kaplan “Volunteer of the Year Award” to Karen E. Wheeler. I wish I had photographed her shoes, they were electric purple.

Every year the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation provides over 325 mammograms and 200 diagnostic tests, breast health information to over 5,000 women, field numerous calls every week to women who have just “found” a lump, and help women and their families survive the financial crunch that often comes with cancer treatment. Do this, we depend on you. More than 75% of our income comes from individuals. Your gift of $50, $100, $1,000 or more helps make it possible. Janet Genardi on behalf of Genardi’s Supermarket donated $107, 000 to LC Foundation. Please help out the Linda Creed Foundation, keep the money local and for the people suffering from this terrible disease that might not be so fortunate to have health insurance.

Other people recognized:
Gerard Olson, Ph.D. Linda Creed Volunteer of the Year Award Lisa K. Jablon, M.D. Elaine M. Ominsky, Ph.D. Humanitarian Award Banfield, The Pet Hospital Angel Award Chestnut Hill Hospital Women’s Center Angel Award Karen Wheeler Gene Kaplan Volunteer Award Stephanie Forehand Spirit of Giving Recognition
One of the most famous songs Linda Creed wrote, “The Greatest Love of All” sung by Whitney Houston

Thank You Sponsor’s: AirTran Aldo’s Lamberti’s Restaurants Alison II Restaurant Art Is Salon Bistro Cassis Bourjois Cosmetics Lisa Brownstein Bucks County Biscotti Co. Linda Camerota
Centre Bridge Inn D’Angelos Ristorante Dante & Luigi’s Derek’s Restaurant Diane Lovell DiBruno Bros. HughE Dillon Photography Ettore Salon & Spa Fogo de Chao
Fork Restaurant Pat Friel Janet Genuardi Barbara Gilhool Nancy Gustitis Giovanni & Peleggi Maureen Glanzmann Janet Jandura Shirlee Kaplan La Locanda Restaurant
Levinthal’s Loews Philadelphia Hotel Kathy Lentini Majestic Wines McKenzie’s Brew House Adele Miller Isabel Momenee Movado Mary Olson Marsha Brown Restaurant Naked Chocolate Fran Orodeckis P.F. Chang’s Bistro Panorama Restaurant PECO
Pierre & Carlo’s Salon & Spa Portofino Restaurant Rembrandt’s Restaurant & Bar
Rescue Rittenhouse Spa Rittenhouse Hotel Robert Mand Photography Steven Ruzac, Century 21 Sofitel Hotel Starbucks Coffee Sweet Lucy’s Smoke House Terme di Aroma
Thunder Hair Salon Wegman’s Markets