ITL May 2012

Save the Date!


WAVE soccer North Bay FC Wave vs

California Storm

5:00 PM Saturday, June 16

Tamalpias High School

Mill Valley 

Half of the proceeds from this premier soccer league game benefit To Celebrate Life




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Tee It Up

To Celebrate Life  

Monday, June 25

Marin Country Club





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Rally To Celebrate Life

Monday, September 10 

The Marin Tennis Club

San Rafael 




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Esurance Tennis Classic

Sat-Sun, September 22-23

The Club at Harbor Point

Mill Valley

A significant portion of proceeds benefit  

To Celebrate Life



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Stepping Out  

To Celebrate Life

Saturday, September 29

Marin Center Exhibit Hall

San Rafael  


Committee Meetings

Wednesday, June 27

Thursday, July 26

Wednesday, August 29

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Place: Hospice By The Bay

17 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

(2nd Floor)


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Tee It Up - New Golf Course, Same Great Cause
Our 9th Annual "Mixed" Golf Tournament - June 25

Join us for a day of fun at the fabulous Marin Country Club in Novato. You'll have a great time and you'll be supporting the premier all volunteer breast cancer organization based in Marin.Tee It Up Golfers

We've planned a full day of activities, including a putting contest, bountiful boxed lunch, 18 hole scramble format golf tournament (open to men and women golfers of all levels), followed by a cocktail party with music by The Mulligans.

But it doesn't stop there. Dinner and an award ceremony follows, and a spirited live auction wrap up a perfect day.
Take your best shots to win $20,000 or a Toyota Prius in two Hole-in-One contests. There'll be trophies for players with the best team scores, longest drives, and closest to the pin.

Even if you don't golf, we've got you covered. TIU iconCome for the after-tournament festivities and share in the day's golf stories while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and listening to live music. Then join us for dinner and awards.

Tickets, $275 per golfer

Foursome, $1000  

includes all activities for the entire day and evening cocktail and dinner festivities 

Cocktails and dinner only, $75


Golf slots are filling fast so Register Now! 



To Celebrate Life Awards $237,000 to 19 Bay Area

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Our 2012 Grantees, representing 19 Bay Area nonprofits


The 2012 Foundation's

Grants Review Committee, made up of local health leaders, community members and Foundation directors, awarded $237,000 to 19 Bay Area nonprofit organizations at an uplifting and inspirational reception held at Servino's in Tiburon on April 4th.


Checks were presented to the grantees by Board President Jane Pallas and major Foundation donors. These awards bring the total granted since the organization's inception in 1996 to over $3.5 million.  


See the complete list of our 2012 Grant Recipients



Face of the Foundation - Craig Womack
Tee It Up Chair


Craig is no stranger to the Foundation - he's been a supporter ever Craig Womacksince his wife, Gail, modeled in the 1999 Stepping Out To Celebrate Life. As she went on to volunteer, serve on the board and as board president, Craig was with her all the way. This year, he stepped up to chair Tee It Up, which takes place on June 25.


Craig's long career as a business leader, speaker and coach serve him well as he directs his team of volunteers. "I love challenges, I like to lead, and I really enjoy building an organization and watching people contribute," he says.


What drew him to the leadership role for Tee It Up? "I really believe in the organization, I believe in the cause, and the help that To Celebrate Life gives to the community," he explains. He especially appreciates that the Foundation is an all-volunteer organization so that a high percentage of proceeds go to the nonprofits we support. Craig found a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the Foundation when he began reaching out for Tee It Up sponsors. "That has been really fulfilling and has resulted in an impressive line-up of sponsors. That is inspirational to me," he says. For Craig, an important part of his volunteer job is working with people, watching them grow and learn new things. But the best part will be "waking up on June 26 with a big success."


In addition to his volunteer activities, Craig collaborates with his son, Jason. Their book, The Promise Doctrine, is a guidebook and system for consistently delivering on the promises you make. Clearly, Craig practices what he preaches.



2012 Stepping Out Models Enjoy an Afternoon Tea


Breast cancer survivor

Model Tea 1
Volunteer Jenny Marchant greeting new models.
models for the September 29th Stepping Out To Celebrate Life gala gathered on May 5th at the home of board member Victoria Granucci to enjoy an outdoor tea and meet their fellow models.


The sunny afternoon was spent making new friends and learning more about the upcoming event and the Foundation's mission of granting funds to Bay Area organizations that provide support to women and men living with breast cancer.
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2012 Stepping Out models "tea it up" at this
get-acquainted event
A special thank you to Lovejoy's Tea Room, Starbucks, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Deer Park Villa for their generous donations of delicious tea sandwiches, cakes, cookies and teas.
Thanks also to Juliana Blackwell for donating the Big 4 rentals and Donna Wimer for the flowers.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a 2012 Grantee

We Support, You Survive program

The HERS foundation, based in Fremont, endeavors to empower women affected by breast cancer and support their well-being by providing post surgical products, regardless of their financial status.

Every donation makes a difference:
  • $10 provides a hat or turban  
  • $25 provides a specialty bra
  • $35 provides a post-surgical garment
  • $150 provides a prosthesis

A total of $200 provides an uninsured breast cancer survivor with all the post-surgical garments she needs. Funding from the To Celebrate Life Grants program helps make this an enduring success story.  

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HBCF Executive Director Dr. Vera Packard (left) with Jane Pallas, Board President, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, at the Grants Reception held April 4 at
Servino's in Tiburon


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Just Say YES!
Become a To Celebrate Life Volunteer
Dedicated volunteers and former models Sheila Rokeach, Sue Orma and Kathleen Burns sell raffle tickets at Stepping Out.

To Celebrate Life is always looking for people to join our all-volunteer Foundation family. Volunteers are the core of our organization. Whatever your talent, skills and interest, there are so many opportunities and ways you can help.

Just say YES
and sign up to Volunteer or email our Volunteer Coordinator for further information.

Our Wish List -- Volunteers with these skills:
  • Event planning/production
  • Fundraising
  • Silent auction soliciting
  • Event photographers
  • Videography/video-editing
  • General Foundation administration assistance
  • Database skills
  • Writers
  • Graphic design


Soccer fans! North Bay FC Wave take on the Storm with proceeds benefiting To Celebrate Life

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North Bay FC Wave kick off the Women's Premier Soccer League season with new, exciting college stars from Stanford, Cal, Duke and more. Come cheer for your favorites and support the Foundation at the same time.


When: Saturday, June 16, kickoff at 5 p.m.

Where: Tam High, Mill Valley

How much: $7 adults; $4 kids 6-12; under 6 free. Purchase at the gate.

Ultrasounds, MRIs Can Find More Breast Cancer, Says Study

Breast ultrasound

Here's one more study to add to the breast cancer screening debate: Annual mammogram screenings, combined with ultrasounds and MRIs, significantly increase the detection of cancer in women who had an elevated risk of breast cancer, new research has found. Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine examined data from the American College of Radiology Imaging Network trial.



From a  Model's Point of View


Arbella Parrot, former Stepping Out model and clinical psychologist, shares her thoughts in the essay Breast Cancer: Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others.

Read More 


Make A Lasting Gift  

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Celebration Circle helps ensure that future patients and their families receive the help they need.



Join our Celebration Circle and help ensure that no one faces breast cancer, and in the future. By including a planned gift to the Foundation as part of your estate plan you'll help ensure the continuation of To Celebrate Life's work for many years to come. Find out about the special benefits for donors HERE.

If you have Foundation updates or meeting information to submit for consideration for the next issue, send to: in the LOOP