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A celebrity plug for Hope & Co bracelets

Actress Vivica Fox tells People Magazine that one of her favorite things is a Hope & Co bracelet that benefits ACS.

People Magazine recently featured actress Vivica A. Fox and her favorite style and beauty products – one of which is the new charity bracelet "Manifest Your Best" by Hope & Co benefiting the American Cancer Society! 

The brand new relationship with the Rhode Island-based Hope & Co is managed by Amanda Leite and Michelle Wolf from the Northeast Region. Hope & Co's senior designer Jackie C. Kasun designed the new bracelet for the American Cancer Society after watching her grandmother battle cancer. 10% of the proceeds of each bracelet sold through December 2021 benefits ACS. View all of bracelets that support our mission.

ACS Twitter accounts CancerNYNJ and ACSNewEngland gave Ms. Fox a shout out about the article – and she retweeted both messages to her 618,000 followers. Help share the love and retweet the message, too!


  • BrightEdge building momentum, attracts $1 million donor investment

    When the American Cancer Society launched BrightEdge – our donor-funded impact investment fund – in 2019, our goal was to build a sustainable source of financial support for our mission by investing in for-profit companies that develop cutting-edge cancer therapies and technologies, driving solutions for all patients to detect and survive cancer.  

    Today, BrightEdge has emerged from the pandemic and is going strong, demonstrating impact, realizing returns, and supporting technologies that align with our efforts to save lives from cancer.

    BrightEdge builds on ACS's rich history of leadership in cancer research and addressing healthcare disparities. The fund seeks to invest in promising science, entrepreneurs, and health care companies that are poised to translate today's most promising cancer-focused technologies into accessible solutions to improve patient outcomes. BrightEdge realizes returns on its investment when these companies go public or are acquired. Those funds can then be reinvested in BrightEdge and used to fuel ACS's lifesaving mission.

    BrightEdge is currently in a growth phase – building the fund through investments that will create sustainability for reinvestment in the organization. So far, the fund has made nine investments, realizing $9.14 million in gains, which have been reinvested back into the fund.

    BrightEdge has had a tremendous amount of momentum in 2021. In January, Alice Pomponio – a seasoned life sciences and impact investment executive and a former ACS Eastern New England Area Board and ACS CAN Board member – signed on as the fund's managing director. Already, she secured the fund's most significant external donor gift to date – a $1 million donation from PDB Foundation. This is the foundation's first major gift to ACS. $750,000 of the gift will support BrightEdge, with $250,000 supporting the American Cancer Society AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Boston.

    BrightEdge has set an ambitious fundraising and portfolio performance target to help grow the fund to $100 million over the next three years. For more on BrightEdge, please visit www.brightedgefund.org or contact your staff partner. 


  • An appreciation of the Segal family; generosity runs in the family

    ​For more than two decades, Mickey and Lee Segal (pictured above) have selflessly advocated for our mission, and following in their footsteps are their son, Matt, and his wife, Aliana.

    Through their fundraising efforts and personal support, the elder Segals have raised more than $2.5 million, and their goal is to reach $3 million this year.

    Mickey Segal is a founding partner and managing partner of NKSFB, LLC, one of the largest business management firms in the country, with offices throughout Los Angeles and New York. Mickey and his wife, Lee, lead countless fundraising campaigns, with beneficiaries ranging from the Rose Bowl to American Cancer Society. This legacy of giving first started with their work supporting Little League Baseball in the 1980’s.

    “I grew up in a household that gave to the community,” says Mickey of his formative years. “The dinner conversations of giving back to the community resounded with me.” Mickey’s son, Matt, also a partner at NKSFB, and daughter-in-law Aliana are now continuing the family heritage of philanthropy as Mickey passes the torch for his most recent ACS fundraising project, the Magic of Hope campaign, to the young couple (pictured in the smaller image).

    “The American Cancer Society’s patient services helps people today, and the cancer research will help people tomorrow,” said Aliana. “My best friend had cancer, and now she is doing well. We wish that outcome for all cancer patients, and it is why Matt and I are proud to lead the Magic of Hope campaign.”

    Under the tireless leadership of Mickey and Matt Segal, the inaugural Magic of Hope raised more than $500,000 last year during the height of the pandemic, a critical time for ACS. In 2021, Matt and Aliana took the reigns as co-chairs, and set a goal of $525,000. An admirable undertaking for a young couple still in their 30s.

    The Segal’s are no strangers to cancer. Mickey’s daughter fought bone cancer as a teenager and completed her treatment with a successful outcome. Unfortunately, he lost his father-in-law to pancreatic cancer, and dozens of colleagues at NKSFB have battled the disease.

    Their family’s fundraising efforts to fight cancer extends to business colleagues, as well. NKSFB selected the American Cancer Society as the 2021 Charity of Choice for an annual Employee Giving campaign. 

    We thank both couples for their commitment to our mission, precious time, and generosity.


  • Check out these new ACS greeting cards

    The American Cancer Society offers beautifully designed, greeting cards for all occasions, including holiday greetings; photo, Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and thank you cards; and much more. We have recently added two new product lines – Donation cards and Happiness Created cards! 

    • Donations cards - These are perfect for ACS friends who wish to share their support for the Society’s mission in honor of their special day or a loved ones'.  Three of them are pictured below.
    • Happiness Created cards - This new line of adorable cards are designed to offer encouragement and help boost loved ones’ morale during difficult times. You can view some of them in the photo at the top of this article.

    Tell your friends and family about these great products that support our mission. 

    View all our greeting cards online at acsgreetings.org.

  • Round up or donate campaign at CVS Health ends Saturday

    Encourage everyone you know to support this campaign!

    From June 20 to July 17, CVS Pharmacy is once again engaging colleagues and customers in an in-store fundraising campaign benefitting ACS. This year's focus is on sun safety.

    This is the fourth year ACS and CVS Pharmacy, our official retail pharmacy partner, have partnered on a national in-store campaign in support of our mission. This year’s campaign includes in-store materials, as well as in-store announcements featuring new ACS CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen. Both CVS Health and ACS will amplify the initiative via digital and social media.

    As part of the campaign, customers have the opportunity to round up their change or make a $1 or $3 donation at the register at all CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to fight cancer. The campaign ends Saturday, July 17.

    What you can do

    Visit a CVS Pharmacy location and round up your change or make a $1 or $3 donation, and encourage everyone you know to support this campaign. You can find more information about the partnership in the CVS Health Partnership FAQ. Creative assets supporting the CVS Health point of sale campaign are available on Brand Toolkit.

  • DetermiNation Orbits the Moon hopes to raise $35,000

    Participants will log miles from July 20 – August 1.

    Join fellow participants to help the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team orbit the moon. Together, we’ll conquer 6,783 meaningful miles, all while taking one giant leap toward conquering cancer.

    From Tuesday, July 20, through Sunday, August 1, DetermiNation Orbits the Moon is hoping to not only log 6,783 miles, but also raise $35,000. Participants are encouraged to run, walk, or hike during this out-of-this-world virtual challenge. 

    If you or someone you know is interested in registering, visit DetermiNation Orbits the Moon. All registration fees benefit the American Cancer Society. 

    • Basic Registration: $25
    • Deluxe Registration: $45 (includes event shirt) 
    • Youth Registration: $25 (14 & under/ includes event shirt) 
    • Add on pets: $5 

    This challenge does not have a required fundraising minimum, but participants should consider using this event as a tool to continue their current fundraising. Individuals can fundraise for this event through their ACS Blackbaud/fundraising pages. 

    Participants should start tracking miles on Tuesday, July 20. Simply use the DetermiNation Orbits the Moon website to track miles and receive event updates.


  • Top performing Campus Relay events raise $2.4M

    The program has raised over $5 million this year.

    While the 2021 Relay For Life season is still going strong, our Campus Relay For Life events have (for the most part) concluded an amazing season! 

    Despite still mostly being virtual and some events still being canceled all together, our 2021 Campus Relay For Life events have raised over $5 million in the fight against cancer! 

    We’d like to extend a congratulations to the 2021 Campus Top Performing events! These events collective raised over $2.4 million.

    Top 12 College Revenue (in order)

    CDM/Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Samantha Polito

    RFL CY21 SER VA Virginia Tech (pictured above)

    $339,202.09

    Carly Ruberti

    RFL CY21 WER CA UCLA

    $189,759.67

    Whitney Minnick

    RFL CY21 SER VA James Madison University

    $167,231.66

    Jennifer Braun

    RFL CY21 NCR MI University of Michigan

    $128,754.69

    Wendy Benedict

    RFL CY21 SER FL Florida State University

    $120,875.16

    Rachel Stratton

    RFL CY21 SOR OK Oklahoma University

    $109,036.36

    Natalie Peck

    RFL CY21 SER GA University of Georgia

    $102,624.92

    Gina Hart

    RFL CY21 NCR OH University of Cincinnati

    $99,652.32

    Whitnei Jeffcoat

    RFL CY21 SER SC University of South Carolina

    $85,546.02

    Bridget McEachern

    RFL CY21 NER MA Northeastern University

    $82,189.39

    Kate Bohn

    RFL CY21 NOR MO Washington University In Saint Louis

    $77,950.13

    Kate Bohn

    RFL CY21 NOR MO Saint Louis University

    $74,040.97

     

    Top 6 High School Revenue (in order)

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Alex Stewart

    RFL CY20 NCR TN Father Ryan

    $164,335.60

    Diane Nicholson

    RFL CY21 NER NJ North Hunterdon

    $76,560.54

    McKenzie Marshall

    RFL CY21 NOR KS Jaguar Nation

    $62,814.68

    Jennifer Nash

    RFL CY21 WER CA Mission San Jose High School

    $48,984.58

    Ashley Patterson

    RFL CY21 NER NJ Howell

    $44,697.48

    Ashley Patterson

    RFL CY21 NER NJ Union County Vocational Tech Schools

    $43,015.25

     

    Top 2 Unified Event Support (UES Revenue (in order)

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Jennifer Braun

    RFL CY21 GHQ MA Lincoln Sudbury

    $34,966.03

    Kristen Broderdorp

    RFL CY21 GHQ FL University of Central Florida

    $34,637.67


    Top Facebook Fundraising Adoption

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Kala Boswell

    RFL CY21 GHQ MI Grand Valley State University

    $34,196.80

     

    Top Mobile App Fundraising Adoption

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Tessa Poulsen

    RFL CY21 NCR IL Glenbrook North

    $33,730.84

     

    Most Registered Fundraisers

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Diane Nicholson

    RFL CY21 NER NJ Scotch Plains

    $42,488.39

     

    All Star Event (application based)

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Kayla Collins

    RFL CY21 SER NC Elon University

    $32,835.21

     

    Regions Choice (The Region gets to select an event to be represented within the Top Performers group.)

    CDM/ Sr CDM

    Event Name

    Revenue Raised

    Tessa Poulsen

    RFL CY21 NCR IL Northwestern

    $58,123.37

    Steven Rose

    RFL CY21 SER FL University of Tampa

    $32,493.81

    McKenzie Marshall

    RFL CY21 NOR MO St Teresas Academy

    $30,002.54

    Lisa Carbonari

    RFL CY21 SOR LA New Orleans Independent Schools

    $23,452.75

    Julie Clark

    RFL CY21 WER CA El Camino Real High School

    $21,079.90

    Esther Brown

    RFL CY20 NER VT University of Vermont

    $41,882.00


  • Dance Against Cancer in NYC features Kevin Boseman

    The dancer and choreographer is the brother of the late Chadwick Boseman.

    The 10th annual American Cancer Society Dance Against Cancer, held outdoors at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, dazzled supporters with some of the most talented dancers on Earth. The event was the first large ticketed dance performance in New York City since the pandemic began. It raised nearly $400,000.

    Dance companies included the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, and more. The benefit show included dancer and choreographer Kevin Boseman (being lifted on stage above), himself a cancer survivor and brother of actor Chadwick Boseman, who lost his battle with colon cancer last year.

    “It’s not about me or what kind of cancer I had. It’s about all of us being aware of our bodies, taking care of our bodies, and keeping our screening appointments,” Boseman said. 

    You can watch an interview with him on CBS. In it, he noted that millions of people missed cancer screenings last year because of COVID-19.

    The premiere event is organized by founders Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht, friends, artists, and children of parents who battled cancer.

  • Allan Shedlin Memorial Golf Classic raises $750,000

    This year's surprise honoree was one of our own!

    June 14 was a great day for the ACS as golfers and supporters returned in person for the Allan Shedlin Memorial Golf Classic in Scarsdale, NY. 

    Organized by Board Member Gary Shedlin, pictured below on the far right, and his family, the event raised an astounding $750,000 – bringing their total raised in 20 years to more than $8 million. 

    On this special occasion, our COO Kris Kim was surprised by Gary by being named as the event’s honoree. This highly unusual honor was given for her strategic and thoughtful leadership through the pandemic.

     Kris, who attends this event every year, had a great reaction when the award was announced:

    "This isn’t supposed to happen. Volunteers should get the awards, ” she said. She then shared how every generation of her family has been affected by cancer, and how she wants her twin sons to be the first generation to be free from the disease.

    “I wanted to honor a health care hero – and that hero is our own Kris Kim," Gary said. "2020 was the worst year in the American Cancer Society’s history. Cancer patients were negatively impacted in so many ways. Treatments interrupted. Screenings postponed. Events canceled. The American Cancer Society’s income plummeted. But as COO, Kris rose to the challenge," he said.

    Weeks ahead of the event, Kris was questioning Liz Mayer, the event manager, why there was no honoree chosen this year. Usually, the event honors a philanthropist from the financial industry. Little did she know what the real answer was!

    The golf tournament is named after Gary's grandfather, Allan Shedlin, who was an ACS leadership volunteer for 32 years.


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