|UPMC Health Plan Donation Helps SFAC Surpass Fundraising Goal
The donation from UPMC Health Plan helped StringsforaCURE surpass their goal of raising $25,000 for their annual Pickin’ On Cancer Fundraiser. Jenny Weigold Geertson, Senior Manager, Community Relations for UPMC Health Plan presents a check for $1,500 to Elisa Guida, Founder and Executive Director of the StringsforaCURE Foundation. The generosity from the community and supports of StringsforaCURE enables the foundation toc continue to provide assistance directly to breast cancer patients through their Gift Card, Medical and Living Expense grants programs.
|Lakeview Wine Cellars raised $150 for SFAC
Lakeview Wine Cellars located in North East, PA and owned by Sam and Becky Best donated a dollar from each bottle of their specialty wine, “Cavitation” that was sold last fall to StringsforaCURE. They presented a check for a total of $150 to StringsforaCURE board Members. Pictured (L-R) are Sam Best, Becky Best, Donna Rose Sherrange, SFAC Board Secretary, and Patti Larson, SFAC Development Director and Board Treasurer. The money raised will be used to help breast cancer patients directly through the many programs offered by the StringsforaCURE Foundation.
|UPMC Hamot Emergency Department raised $1,000 for SFAC
The UPMC Hamot Emergency Department raised funds for the StringsforaCURE Foundation by selling Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts during the month of October. It is through the generous support from the community that StringsforaCURE is able to continue to fund its Gift Card, Medical Grant and Living Expense Grant programs, all of which provide financial assistance directly to breast cancer patients. Pictured in the back row: Stephanie McElhaney, Kimberly Dutton, and Rachel Phillips and in the front row: Sue Dombrowski, Elisa Guida, SFAC Founder and Executive Director, Tammie Freeland, Christina Sargent.
|The McDowell Lacrosse team raised $5,100 for SFAC
The McDowell Lacrosse team raised $5,100 for the StringsforaCURE foundation during its “Stick It To Cancer game on April 22, 2016 between McDowell High School and Cathedral Prep. The money raised will be used to continue funding StringsforaCURE Gift Card, Medical Grant and Living Expense Grant programs, all of which provide financial assistance directly to breast cancer patients. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Coach Andrew Wagner, student athletes and members of the McDowell JV and Varsity Lacrosse team, Head Coach Sean Stutzman and Elisa Guida, SFAC Founder and Executive Director and graduate, Matt Parry.
|2nd Annual Rocket 101 Bra Crawl Raises $1,250 for SFAC
The 2nd Annual Bra Crawl hosted by Rocket 101 was held on Friday, October 21. The Bra Crawl started at The Brewerie and moved on to Lavery Brewing, Arena Sports Bar, Voodoo Brewery and ended at Sherlock’s. The money was raised through T-Shirt sales and registration fees for each participating bar. Participants were asked to wear a “blinged” bra to the event and the winner of the best “Blinged” bar received a guitar string pendant made out of Jeff Pilson of Foreigner recycled strings. This donation will be used to continue funding the StringsforaCURE Gift Card program, which provides $100 Gift Cards to breast cancer patients. Pictured from left to right are Rocket 101 DJ Mojo McKay, Elisa Guida, SFAC Founder and Executive Director and Rocket 101 DJ Allan Carpenter.
|2nd Annual Rocket 101 Bra Crawl for StringsforaCURE
StringsforaCURE would like to thank Rocket 101 and all of our supporters who came out on Friday October 21st for the 2nd annual Bra Crawl. We would also like to thank the Brewerie at Union Station, Lavery Brewing Co., Arena Sports Bar, Voodoo Brewery and Sherlocks Park Place for Sponsoring this event. Without your support, this fundraiser would not have taken place.
Local musician Boyd Baker spends summers in his hometown of Erie, PA This summer he decided to donate all of his tips to StringsforaCURE and raised $470 for breast cancer patients. These funds will to to providing $100 gas, grocery and pharmacy gift cards directly to these patients. Thank Boyd! You ROCK!
L-R: Michael Watson, Gracie Watson, Elisa Guida
For the fourth year in a row, the StringsforaCURE Foundation was the beneficiary of the funds raised at the 11th Annual Breast Cancer Weekend at the Zone, that took place Sept 30th – Oct.2nd. The event directly raised $2,779 and Sam’s Club Jamestown awarded a $2,500 grant to StringsforaCURE, bringing the total to $5279.00. Gracie, a breast cancer survivor, is Michael’s mother and his inspiration for these Breast Cancer weekends.
|Ambridge Rose Salon
Owner Rose Cortes and her mom Char are quite the advocates for StringsforaCURE. For the past few years, during the month of October, they will sell pink hair extensions and donate a portion of the proceeds to StringsforaCURE. SFAC also teams up with Char and provides Comfort Baskets to breast cancer patients. We count on community support like this in order for us to continue with our mission, providing financial and emotional help directly to these patients.
Jim and Amy Feronti hosted the Pink Party on Friday May 20, 2016. This year the StringsforaCURE Foundation was the beneficiary of this fundrasier which raised $4,780. Jim & Amy have been hosting these parties for several years in memory of Jim’s mom Sandra Feronti, who lost her battle with breast cancer many years ago.
L-R: Patti Larson, Amy & Jim Feronti
Ever since Catherine Datte, a breast cancer survivor who received services from StringsforaCURE, met founder Elisa Guida, she has been Paying it Forward and raising funds for SFAC. Last year she spoke to her fellow jumpers at Skydive PA and asked if they could do a jump to raise funds. She was unable to jump last year, but this year was a different story. Catherine (pictured on the left) jumped in October and raised $ 780 from her friends at Skydive PA
Gannon University wrestling coach Don Henery and his friend Jennifer are pictured on the right.
|Bill n Bob Folk Festival
For the past four years Bill Kern and Bob Dartnell have combined their love for music with fundraising for StringforaCURE. Dart and Elisa have known each other for years, ever since their childhood days in Drexel Hill, PA The first Bill n Bob Fest was so successful that they had to move it to the Fairview Legion. Local musicians gather for a fun filled day of singing and playing. This year the festival raised $7,000 for SFAC. Bill Kern is in the blue overalls to the left and Bob (Dart) is in the yellow shirt on the right.
|Tutu Grant from the Carey Foundation
In June 2016, the StringsforaCURE board was thrilled to find out they would be receiving a $7,500 Tutu grant from the Carey Foundation. L-R: Elisa Guida- Founder/Executive Director, Jan Minzenberger-Secretary, Nicole Brugger- Chairperson, Donna Rose Sherrange, Patti Larson- Development Director/TreasurerTo read about Bob and Linda Carey of the Tutu Project and the Carey Foundation click here