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June 25, 2022
WCVB teams up with Ellie Fund to support breast cancer care

June 17, 2022 — “5 for Ellie,” the annual fashion show sponsored by WCVB Channel 5 and The Ilene Beal Charitable Foundation raised over $125,000 for Ellie Fund, a Needham-based nonprofit dedicated to providing essential services to breast cancer patients across Massachusetts.

The event, held at The Shops at Chestnut Hill, was emceed by WCVB news anchor Maria Stephanos, and featured her on-air colleagues, Shayna Seymour, Erika Tarantal, Rhondella Richardson, Jessica Brown, and Danae Bucci; Massachusetts General Hospital Oncologists Steven Isakoff and Aditya Baradia; as well as Ellie Fund patients and donors. All models were styled by KB Fashion Productions and wore the latest Bloomingdale’s looks. The fashion show’s clothing was inspired by the event’s travel auction which featured international trips spanning from Iceland to the Amalfi Coast. The night featured delicious food and drinks from local Chef David Welch.

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and Ellie Fund took the opportunity to celebrate the resilience and beauty of Ellie Fund patients, the community that supports them, and the Equitable Pathways to Breast Cancer Care initiative designed to find and serve more of the 7,000 breast cancer patients diagnosed in Massachusetts each year who face socioeconomic and racial barriers when it comes to accessing care.

“All of us together are bringing more services to breast cancer patients and helping us grow Ellie Fund’s strategic initiative, Equitable Pathways to Breast Cancer Care,” said Ellie Fund Executive Director Meredith Mendelson. “Ellie Fund has steadily grown over the past 27 years and has a solid plan to serve more patients—and to bridge the unacceptable equity gap in breast cancer treatment. This year, we are on track to support over 1,000 patients, and this is possible because of committed donors and long-time charitable partners.”

WCVB has partnered with Ellie Fund on the “5 for Ellie” fashion show since 2007, growing it to be a cornerstone event for the statewide organization.

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