Spring Celebration

Hundreds of supporters attended the Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) First Annual Spring Celebration, a special benefit event held in New York City on Thursday, May 13, 2010 that raised vital funds for people impacted by cancer and celebrated the union of Gilda’s Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community.


The Cancer Support Community, now the largest professionally led network of cancer support worldwide, carried on the Gilda’s Club tradition of hosting a commemorative event each spring.  CSC honored both Gilda’s Club and Wellness Community legacies along with the visionary individuals who exemplify support for people impacted by cancer.



Tony Award Nominee, Christopher Fitzgerald

The Spring Celebration was hosted by Tony Award Nominee, Christopher Fitzgerald, who will help the Cancer Support Community kick-off their first annual benefit event.  Gilda’s Club Founder, Joanna Bull, paid a special tribute to the life and legacy of Harriet Benjamin, Co-Founder of The Wellness Community, who passed away from lung cancer on April 10, 2010.



Lois Savage, President, The Lodestar Foundation;
Alysia Reiner, Actress; and John MacIntosh, Partner,
SeaChange Capital Partners

Alysia Reiner, actress and star of the Off-Broadway show, Modotti, presented the CSC’s Founders Award for Leadership to The Lodestar Foundation and SeaChange Capital Partners for their support and commitment to uniting The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide.  Ricardo Antonio Chavira, star of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, was also in attendance to present the Founders Award for Innovation to National Philanthropic Trust for their role in

Eileen Heisman, President & CEO,
National Philanthropic Trust; and Ricardo Antonio
Chavira, Actor and Caregiver

establishing the C.A.R.E. Campaign for cancer caregivers and launching the Breast Cancer M.A.P. Project, the inaugural project of CSC’s Research and Training Institute. 



Liz Cahill, Vice President of
 Marketing & Communications,
Lee Jeans; and Ricardo Antonio
 Chavira, Actor and Caregiver

Chavira also made a special announcement from Lee Jeans and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, who are partnering with the Cancer Support Community for this year’s Lee National Denim Day.  Now in its 15th year, Lee National Denim Day encourages thousands of companies and organizations across the country to wear blue jeans in exchange for individual $5 donations. Funds raised will benefit the Cancer Support Community and its Affiliates across the country.  Funds also support some of the nation’s most promising early detection and breast cancer research, through the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

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