masthead july 2011


Save the Date!



Esurance Tennis Classic

Portion of proceeds benefit  

To Celebrate Life

September 23-25

The Club at Harbor Point

Mill Valley



Stepping Out

To Celebrate Life

A Night to Bond

Saturday, October 1

Marin Center Exhibit Hall

San Rafael


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REGISTER ONLINE by July 31 and pay 2010 prices!


Committee Meetings

July 27  Join us for cocktails! 

Please RSVP 


August 24

September 28


All meetings are at 6:30

At Hospice by the Bay

2nd Floor

17 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.



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To Celebrate Life 






Deadline extended!

Reserve for Stepping Out by July 31 and pay 2010 prices! 


Stepping Out To Celebrate Life promises to be one of our most exciting fundraisers ever. Themed "A Night to Bond", the October 1 Bond event will include several new features.   Hint: the "Shaken Not Stirred" Martini Bar, Casino Royale and a Best of Live Raffle. Our dedicated volunteers are busy creating a spectacular evening for you. Watch for more details in the August issue of in the LOOP.  

Register online now to take advantage of our early registration special.


Stepping Out Wish List


You can help make our Live and Silent auctions a huge success by donating any of the following items.

  • Vacation packages
  • One week in a vacation home in Tahoe, Hawaii, Carmel, San Francisco/Marin
  • Airline tickets
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Wine and local winery tours
Click here to donate: Live or Silent Auction

Stepping Out to Celebrate Life: A Night to Bond 2011  



Faces of the Foundation


Jane Pallas, Board President


JaneJane was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1991 while living in Washington DC. She had wonderful caregivers, but it was only after moving to Marin County in 1999 that she discovered an additional aspect of care giving - To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. 


Being able to give back has always been something Jane wanted to do. She volunteered to model in Stepping Out in 2003 and has continued to participate each year serving on various committees. She joined the Board in 2008 and served on the Stepping Out Executive Committee and as a co-chair of the Grants Committee. In April 2011 she succeeded Chris Brettingen as Board President.


"The opportunity to be part of this organization that is focused on making a difference in the lives of women and men struggling with breast cancer is magnified when working with the grantees and seeing firsthand the work they do for so many with huge needs."


Jane recently retired from Standard & Poor's Ratings where she was a Client Business Manager in the financial services sector covering the Western US region. 



Golfers enjoy a sizzling day on the green 


After a year of planning by the Tee It Up Executive Committee and dedicated volunteers, golfers braved the heat to enjoy another Tee It Up To Celebrate Life at Sonoma Golf Club.

2011 Tee It Up To Celebrate Life,

Sonoma Golf Club



The June 20 golf tournament was followed by cocktails and a delicious awards banquet. Spirited bidding at both the silent and live auctions, and a generous response to our Fund A Need appeal added to the excitement.


Thank you to all participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers for your generous support of our mission to enrich the lives of women and men living with breast cancer.  





A Legacy for Linda 

Linda Legacy A named memorial fund for navigational services has been established by Patti Pedroli, a member of our Grants Review Committee, honoring the memory of her sister, Linda Swensen Burdusis, who passed away in 2004. Their mother, Nora Swensen, also died from breast cancer. A special thank you to Kevin Prochnow of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Patti's co-worker, for helping establish this Legacy Fund through Wells Fargo's Sharing Advantage Program.

Linda was a flight attendant and flight attendant recruiter for American Airlines. For many years she was co-chair of the American Airlines "WINGS" committee in San Francisco, a non-profit organization which raises money for flight attendants with catastrophic illness or injury. She also participated in numerous events to raise money for breast cancer research.

Linda was a model in the second Stepping Out in 1997. American Airline pilots escorted the models on the runway.

Memorial funds (minimum $1000) can be established in different ways:

Matching Fund: pledging a specific amount and matching all donations up to that amount.

Named Fund: Funds can be restricted to a particular service (e.g. low cost mammograms or massages) or specific geographic area (e.g., Marin County) or to our general operating fund. Friends and family could also contribute to this named fund.

Underwriting: Choose to underwrite a specific event or cost (e.g.The Grants Reception, our Stepping Out Model's luncheon, tickets for model family members who might otherwise be unable to attend Stepping Out).

To contribute to A Legacy For Linda or to establish a new Legacy Fund in memory of a friend or family member, contact Kathy Meyer, Executive Director.


New members join To Celebrate Life Board of Directors

Congratulations and welcome to Judith Snead and Judy Hallman! Judith is with the Marin Community Clinics and works on special projects and events. She has previously served on our Grants Committee. Judy, a longtime Foundation volunteer, is a data specialist with Williams-Sonoma and will become our new Treasurer.

Women's soccer team Kicks Cancer


Wave playersMany thanks to North Bay F.C. Wave for partnering with To  Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.  The team, whose motto is "Women athletes making a difference," generously donated 100% of all ticket, food and beverage sales, plus the proceeds from raffle sales of autographed pink ribbon soccer balls and t-shirts sold at the June 12 game.


For this event, held at Redwood High School in Larkspur, the team traded their purple jerseys for white uniforms with pink ribbon socks and arm bands.   



Your donations at work

  • $75 can provide a low cost screening mammogram for someone who can't afford one
  • $150 provides up to 40 nutritious meals for breast cancer patients in treatment   
  • $250 can provide a diagnostic mammogram for a woman or man who is anxiously waiting to find out if she or he has breast cancer

Make a donation in memory of a loved one as one of the 15 Ways to Celebrate 15 Years!  


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