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Brilliant Partnership: Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org

On March 29, 2019, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org came together to empower and educate women with a three year partnership, at Lankenau Medical Center. To mark this occasion they hosted a wig wearing demonstration, as well as a panel discussion on Breast Cancer treatments. Wigs.com presented a a $100,000 donation check to Breastcancer.org in honor of their mission which is dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health as well as an active and supportive online community.

Haley Newbanks, Wigs.com and Hope Wohl, CEO Breastcancer.org

Carol Thomas, Adam Leitenberger, Melissa Jenkins, Cindy Pelton, and Delores Slaughter

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists Delores Slaughter on how to wear a wig as Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org looks on.

Dr. Marisa Weiss, founder and Chief Medical Officer, Breastcancer.org accepts a check from Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com celebrating their three year partnership in restoring confidence in women going through chemotherapy.

Carliz Sotelo Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Wigs.com assists breast cancer survivor Rita Lusen, Breastcancer.org with her wig.

With a common goal to educate and help people who are going through breast cancer, Wigs.com and Breastcancer.org form a three-year partnership worth $100,000 in donations. The Breastcancer.org community of people with breast cancer will have access to Wigs.com experts, as well as hair loss education, including videos and content available on Breastcancer.org’s website.

Wigs.com will make purchasing from the larger collection of wigs on its website easier for the breastcancer.org community offering 10% off through a special coupon – BC10, which can be applied during checkout. For each purchase, Wigs.com will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breastcancer.org

Philadelphia

Photos: Tara Lessard and Friends Gather in the Intention Circle to Say F*CK Cancer

What a great day on Sunday when friends and family gathered to support and share love with Tara Lessard, who is winning the battle against Ovarian Cancer, which she was diagnosed with in the fall. You may know Tara as the talented photographer who photographs many of the events in the Philly GLBTQ community with her company Freedom G Philly, and has also photographed for this blog as well.

Over 100 people gathered in the William Way Ballroom the first sunny Sunday afternoon in the new year, harnessing their energies and focusing them on Tara Lessard (l-r Patrick Hagerty, and Tara’s parents and friend) in a room where the chairs were placed in a circle.

Spotted sharing their energies in the “intention circle” were Sen Brian Sims and Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way Center .

The idea of a community “Healthy Day” came from her friend, Diane Matkowski (c), who owns Freedom Massage. She wanted Tara’s friends to come and share their good energy with Tara, give her lots of hugs, and raise much needed funds for her day to day care. The Freedom Massage team including Sara and Jessica, taught the basics of massage, as well as donated free 10 minute chair massages.

 There was an impressive silent auction with items, gift cards and services, which also raised funds.

 Deja Lynn Alvarez, a transgender advocate with GALAEI and Mazzoni Center and filmmaker Kelly Burkhardt.

 There was a lot of love and support in the room

 

You can help Tara Lessard fight her battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Sara Kelly, Fran Cortez, Amy Perez, Kelly Burkhardt and Sammie Munsch

 Philly’s hottest drag king performed – JIMMYTWOFINGAS!
 All the tips that were thrown in the middle of the floor were donated to Tara’s fund.
Yogi Marcy Mackay has traveled around the world three times in a “bikini” with The BEACH BOYS. In her travels she has studied with some of the best
yoga instructors in the world. She chatted about  her experience
with Yoga and how it has changed her life and sense of well-being with the intention circle.
Yogi Dawn Smelser Director of Motherheart Studio in Fishtown was also on hand; she discussed her breath/meditation exercises. She has studied in India and is
a huge ICON in the wellness community. 

I had to leave to shoot another event, but I found this photo that Diane Matkowski‎ took with Tara Lessard and her friends who attended the event.

You can help Tara Lessard fight her battle with Ovarian Cancer.
Philadelphia

Fashionable Ladies Who Lunch In Style For Philanthropy – The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia

The days of impossibly glamorous, hugely entertaining, and utterly without purpose ladies luncheons of days gone by have now been replaced these days by equally as social, very stylish, successful women who have philanthropy on their minds. I love covering these very relaxed, but fashionably minded events.

Last week at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted their 13th Annual In Fashion with Baja East charity luncheon.

 Lunch was catered by Feastivities, and the table decor was simple in a farm to table style.
 

 Salad was placed in front of the guests, and another server gave the guest a choice of chicken or salmon from a serving dish. Very clever. Dessert a sorbet with a thin cookie. 
There was a live auction for two designer bags and a trip to NYC to see Baja East collection in February.  Plus a live bid, where the Philadelphia auctioneer Jeffrey Hammond explained how an additional money gift would help a child who’s parent was going through cancer treatment, or a program would benefit a family. 
 
Total raised from auction and live bid, over $10,000. Very nice.

 10 % of the sales from anything bought at Saks Fifth Avenue that day was also donated to the CSC

 Baja East is known for it’s loose luxury from surf to street 
For Spring, designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon
reimagined their signature urban nomad through the lens of rave, down
to the polished take on kandi seen at models’ wrists and necks.

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  We provide a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer.  All of our programs and services are provided at no cost to our participants (known as our members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support.  No one should have to face cancer alone.

 Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion writer for Phila Inquirer

 In Fashion 2015 Committee
Wendy H. Rosen – Chair

Susanna Lachs Adler…Tisa Baena…Kathy Bernsten…Lisa Korn Blank…Jil
Blatstein…Lydie Szabo Brown…Catherine Brumbaugh…Marcie Kennedy
Brun…Amanda Burch…Donna Celentano…Ellen Churchill…Roberta Dranoff…Jill
Durovsik…

Barbara Eberlein…Jaimie Field…Pia Halloran…Diane
Hillyard…Margie Honickman…Patty Isen…Laura La Rosa…Hilarie Morgan…Anne
O’Malley…Jill Powell…Jackie Rantanen…Jennifer Raphael…Dana Rosen…Betsy
Rubenstone…Susie Sargent…Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer…Gail Singer…Joy
Shugrue…June Smith…Babette Snyder…Iliana Strauss…Deborah Feith
Tye…Melissa Valenti…JoAnn Wurzak

 Cheryl George

 

Photos and a more in depth story can be found in my society column at Philly Mag.