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September 30, 2012 Walks, Runs and Pooch Prance for Beast Cancer
Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs for Breast Cancer – Leesburg and Middleburg, Sunday, Sept 30, 2012
On Sunday, Sept 30 at 1 pm, at Morven Park, the Leesburg Cherry Blossom Walk and 5K Run for Breast Cancer was conducted. Simultaneously in Middleburg, we conducted the Cherry Blossom Nanette’s Walk, Fun Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer.
In Leesburg, the event was at 41793 Tutt Lane, just north of town on Route 15, and is a two mile walk or three mile run through the beautiful Morven Park grounds, passing the magnificent Westmoreland Davis mansion. See the finishing times for the 5K Run provided by On The Run Sports – Race Event Management.
In Middleburg, we were at the Middleburg Bank at 111 W. Washington Street, where dogs are welcome, running the integrated Cherry Blossom Nanette’s Walk, Fun Run, and Pooch Prance for Breast Cancer. Dogs adorned in pink competed for the best dressed pooch prize in the Pooch Prance. The two mile walk and three mile Fun Run is through the grounds of Hill School with runners circling onto Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension(MARE) Center. We joined with Wylie Wagg, wyliewagg.com, of Middleburg, Fairfax, Arlington, and Tysons Corner to conduct this fundraiser.
Since 2007, the Foundation has been conducting walks and runs in Loudoun and Fauquier with the proceeds used to detect, treat and educate, and to eliminate breast cancer. Our funds are not sent to a national organization, but used locally to help the women of our area.
Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament - 2012 Scheduled at Creighton Farms
On Monday, April 30, 2012, the Foundation will conduct its first golf tournament to benefit the women of Northern Virginia at the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Creighton Farms in Aldie, VA. Limited to 88 golfers, the tournament will bring enthusiasts to one of the most beautiful and challenging private courses in the Nation, one that has earned the following ratings:
Best New Private Golf Club for 2008: Travel and Leisure Golf
#4 Best New Private Golf Club for 2008: Golf Digest
#6 Best New Private Club for 2008: Golf Magazine
#8 Best New Private Club for 2008-2009: Golfweek
Preceded by a Sunday evening Dinner and Silent Auction at the new Creighton Farms Clubhouse for non-golfers and the tournament’s players, the tournament’s net fundraising goal is $100,000 to be used to assist the women of our area.
Inova Loudoun Hospital has agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor at $25,000 and Applied Knowledge Group is committed as the Sunday Dinner and Silent Auction Sponsor at $15,000. Sponsorships still available as of October 21, 2011 are the On-Course Lunch and Closing Cocktail Party Sponsors at $10,000 each, the Pin Flag Sponsor at $5,000, the Caddie Sponsor at $5000, and individual hole sponsors at $500 each. Contact James P. Atkins, Foundation Chairman, at 703.447.2302 or email@example.com for sponsorship information.
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$106,700 Raised at Leesburg, Middleburg, and Warrenton for Area Women
Mayor Kirsten Umstadtt, ready to cut the pink ribbonSaving the lives of Loudoun and Fauquier women motivated more than 900 people and organizations to commit $106,700 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation’s three Oct. 9, 2011 Walks and 5K Runs.
Middleburg maintained its contributions leadership with $46,266 for the Foundation’s effort. Participation was about 300 with 90 girls and staff from Foxcroft School raising $1875 that was matched by former parent, Marcy Harris. A team from Middleburg Academy also enjoyed the course. Mayor Betsy Davis and Senator Jill Vogel welcomed the enthusiastic crowd.
In Leesburg, 410 people met at Morven Park where Leesburg Mayor Kirsten Umstadtt helped cut the pink ribbon to start the event. Raising $33,766, with enthusiasm stoked by a WINC-FM on-site broadcast, supporters saw a 100+ member team from Dr. Behz Parva’s Leesburg practice and one of 70+, Shari’s Soldiers, who came to support the breast cancer fight of Shari LaTour, whose daughter joined the two daughters of the late Kelly Plunkett of Ashburn to cut the pink ribbon.
In Warrenton, $26,600 was raised from 190 participants and sponsors, with Fauquier Hospital generating a large team on the historic Greenway Trail. Mayor George Fitch spoke, then ran the course after breast cancer warriors, Lynne Markley, and Foundation Vice-Chair, Mary Jo Jackson, cut the pink ribbon. Panera Bread of the Warrenton Village Center distributed bagels and committed to raise money the whole month of October for the Foundation.
Sponsorships constituted $85,500 of the $106,700, led by Grand Sponsor, Middleburg Bank, and Applied Knowledge Group, the Weissberg Corporation, Creighton Farms, and Times Community News. Twenty one other companies, foundations, and individuals sponsored amounts from $1000 to $2500.
The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation will decide in November its 2011 grants, which last year were $141,000 for local women.
Oct. 9 Walks and 5K Runs For Breast Cancer On Track for Record Fundraising and Participation
The women of Loudoun and Fauquier are real winners again this year due to the generosity of the sponsors of this year’s Leesburg, Middleburg, and Warrenton Walks and 5K Runs For Breast Cancer.
As of early August, $83,000 has been committed by sponsors, of which $59,500 is actual cash and the rest in-kind donations for advertising and promotion. Despite the economic downturn, the amount exceeds last year’s sponsorships. If registration is the same as last year’s 1000, another $30,000 will be generated.
Identical to last year, all runners cross the starting line at 1 pm, Sunday with walkers following; registration opens at 11:30 am. The Leesburg walk/run is at the Morven Park steeplechase parking area at Rt. 15 and Tutt Lane, Middleburg’s Nanette’s Walk/Run is behind our Grand Sponsor’s Middleburg Bank location at 111 W. Washington Street, and the Warrenton event is again at the Warrenton Greenway in the historic old town.
Registration for each event is on this website, by mail or on Oct.9 at the selected location. Please join us as we work to ensure that no other woman suffers from breast cancer.
Foundation Recognized by Its Chair’s Award as a “Northern Virginian of the Year”
The Foundation has ten energetic and dedicated Board members, forty-five Advisory Board members, dozens of sponsors and hundreds of donors. The success of the organization is the result of all these people who do it because they want to ensure that no one else dies of breast cancer. Our work was recognized this month by Northern Virginia magazine which selected Foundation Chairman James P. Atkins as a Northern Virginian of the Year. The award is not a singular achievement, but collective because it would not have been possible without the partnership of many Foundation members and supporters.
$75,000 Grant for First Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System at Inova Loudoun Hospital
Cherry Blossom Chairman, James Atkins, and Secretary, Lizanne Driskill, presented in December the first $25,000 increment of the Foundation’s pledge to Inova’s Deirdre Cahill, Susan Carroll, Chief Operating Officer, and other cancer staff members. The Foundation is contributing more than fifty per cent of the cost of the system which will provide a minimally invasive and computer-guided biopsy capability to the hospital.
“Bosom Buddies” Partnership with Inova Loudoun Hospital: Leaders Wanted
Bosom Buddies is a program to increase the number of women receiving mammograms by using peer support from their friends and associates. It is the creation of Inova Loudoun’s Chief Operating Officer, Susan Carroll, who has eagerly accepted the CBBCF’s participation. The expectation is that women who have had mammograms will tell their friends that the exam is not painful and that it needs to be conducted annually after age 40. CBBCF will take Bosom Buddies to our sponsors. To do this properly we can surely use the assistance of a couple of our members, so please speak up.
FDA Disapproves Stage 4 Drug, Avastin. Send Your Objections!!
In December, the Food and Drug Administration moved to withdraw its approval of Avastin for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, despite its approval by a comparable European agency. Many women facing metastatic breast cancer have petitioned the FDA to retain their access to Avastin, according to reports. Without FDA approval, Avastin might not be reimbursed by insurance companies or by Medicare/Medicaid, who had postponed their decisions on whether to cover this use of the drug pending the FDA action.
Education Sessions to Increase the Number of Women Receiving Mammograms
Loudoun and Fauquier women’s church groups and clubs are being asked to allow our trained presenters and medical personnel to speak to them in support of breast awareness, screenings and regular mammograms after age 40. Remarkably, no more than 30% of US women, 40 and over, request mammograms every year. With early detection currently the key to survival, this sad statistic needs corrected. Please help us schedule these sessions.
Middleburg Bank and Times Community News Are On-Board for 2011: Other Sponsors Needed for Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs
Seeking to surpass the $81,000 in sponsorships for last October’s fundraisers, we have successfully begun our solicitation of 2011 sponsors. New sponsor benefits are breast awareness education and, in association with Inova Loudoun Hospital, a mammogram program that will facilitate scheduling. Presentations at the Loudoun and Warrenton chambers of commerce are planned to inform the business community of the opportunities to assist the women of our two counties. Please help us in this effort by endorsing us to potential sponsors.
New Board Members Elected
Please welcome our four new directors: Lori McGuinness, Jamie Pearson, Elizabeth Wallace, and Lisa Weber. With these smart, connected, and energetic new people, 2011 will be even greater. Thank you all, and the other six directors, for serving the women of our two counties.
Fauquier Hospital Funded by CBBCF to Cost-Share Mammograms With More Women
Until this month, Fauquier Hospital provided free mammograms to women with incomes less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Limit, which is sometimes very hard to meet. With a grant from us, the hospital has increased that limit to 300% of the Federal Poverty Limit, with the woman required to provide 25% of the cost of the mammogram.
The Cherry Blossom Women’s Invitational Polo Tournament
The Great Meadow Polo Club, led by John Gobin and Laura Linfoot, has created this benefit for the women of Fauquier and Loudoun counties. Conducted from July 6-11 in The Plains, spectators will enjoy the tournament format, two league event of 0-2 goal women. All revenue after expenses will be donated to the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. See the attached poster and please show your support. For info call 540.253.9844.
New Website Up and Running
Designed by Paprika Creative of Purcellville, our new website is quite exciting, innovative, and attractive. Please visit it for general info and, in August, to register for the Oct 10 Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs.
Sponsorships of the Three Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs Are Twice the May Amount: Now $65,000
Recent sponsors are the Times Community News and its Leesburg Times-Mirror and Warrenton Times-Democrat and Paprika Creative for all three locations.
For Leesburg: Dulles Motorcars, Lifetime Fitness Center of Ashburn, and Armfield, Harrison and Thomas Insurance.
For Middleburg: Mercedes of Chantilly, M-Studio, Akre Focus Fund,
For Warrenton: The Weissberg Corporation, Buccaneer Computer Systems, Chestnut Forks Tennis Club, and the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors
Times Community New-Times-Mirror and Times Democrat
Sponsor recruiting continues with Applied Knowledge Group of Reston recently committing to sponsor two locations and the Jackson family and the Washburn family sponsoring Middleburg’s Nanette’s Walk and 5K Run. Companies in Fauquier and Loudoun will continue to be recruited in the next five months to join the current sponsors - Middleburg Bank, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fauquier Health Foundation, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Loudoun Community Health Center. We have just over $30,000 committed toward our goal of $100,000. Please help recruit sponsors or recommend them to us. Call Jim Atkins at 540.687.2213 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plans for the Leesburg, Middleburg, and Warrenton Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs are progressing with two accomplished women accepting our requests to lead.
Attorney , Lori McGuinness, will lead the Middleburg event and dental professional, Lisa Weber, has accepted Warrenton leadership. For Leesburg, Jamie Pearson, Advisory Board members are requested to volunteer later this summer to help these location leaders achieve successes in raising lots of money for our 2010 grants.
The Cherry Blossom Women’s Invitational Polo Tournament The Great Meadow Polo Club, led by John Gobin and Laura Linfoot, has created this benefit for the women of Fauquier and Loudoun counties. Conducted from July 6-11 in The Plains, spectators will enjoy the tournament format, two league event of 0-2 goal women. All revenue after expenses will be donated to the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation. See the attached poster and please show your support. For info call 540.253.9844.
Grant for Cancer Navigator
At its May 19 meeting, the Foundation’s Board voted to grant $10,000 to fund a cancer navigator staff position at Fauquier Hospital. The navigator, primarily working at the Lake Manassas Cancer Center, will help patients understand the often overwhelming treatment process and will be their advocate.
Judith Washburn Elected to Board of Directors
Middleburg’s Judy Washburn, a strong community leader and long-term resident, last month became the eighth member of the Foundation’s Board. Judy has supported our breast cancer work since our first year in 2007 when she hosted our Nanette’s Walk Kick Off Barbecue at her Holly Hill farm. Judy will chair the Development Committee and serve on the committee for the three Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs for Breast Cancer.
Walk and 5K Run Update Plans for the Leesburg, Middleburg, and Warrenton Cherry Blossom Walks and 5K Runs are progressing with two accomplished women accepting our requests to lead.
Attorney , Lori McGuinness, will lead the Middleburg event and dental professional, Lisa Weber, has accepted Warrenton leadership. For Leesburg, we have a candidate in mind. Advisory Board members are requested to volunteer later this summer to help these location leaders achieve successes in raising lots of money for our 2010 grants.
Sponsor recruiting continues with Applied Knowledge Group of Reston recently committing to sponsor two locations and the Jackson family and the Washburn family sponsoring Middleburg’s Nanette’s Walk and 5K Run. Companies in Fauquier and Loudoun will continue to be recruited in the next five months to join the current sponsors - Middleburg Bank, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Fauquier Health Foundation, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Loudoun Community Health Center. We have just over $30,000 committed toward our goal of $100,000. Please help recruit sponsors or recommend them to us. Call Jim Atkins at 540.687.2213 or email us at email@example.com.
Fauquier/Loudoun Advisory Board Spring Meeting and Membership More than 30 people attended the Spring Board meeting to hear an update of the Foundation’s plans and reports by grant recipient leaders from Fauquier Health Foundation, Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Center, and Loudoun Community Health Center. All three stated their great appreciation for our grants the last three years. The Fall Board meeting will be conducted in November at the Community Center.
Membership on the Board is now forty-three with eight others soon to be asked to join. The Board is encouraged to recommend other great candidates for helping us achieve our objectives of detecting, treating, educating, and eliminating breast cancer for Fauquier and Loudoun residents. The duties of the Advisory Board are to:
-Review and comment on the Foundation’s annual plans
-Recommend local needs for grants
-Advise on fundraising sources and events
-Promote the Foundation by word and mouth
Advisory Board Meeting on Sunday, May 2 at Middleburg Community Center The first of two opportunities this year for Advisory Board members to meet to review and comment on Foundation plans will occur at the Middleburg Community Center at 4 pm, Sunday, May 2. At this one hour meeting, the Foundation’s plans for the year will be presented for discussion. Additionally, our Lombardi Cancer Center research physician will present the results of her study and Loudoun Community Health Center will tell us the results of our funding. One other grantee has been invited to present. We hope you will participate.
Sponsors and Contracts for The 2010 Breast Cancer Walks and 5K Runs Progress on our Sunday, October 10, walks and runs in Leesburg, Middleburg and Warrenton has resulted in Middleburg Bank sponsoring all three events, Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center sponsoring the Middleburg event, Inova Loudoun Hospital and Loudoun Community Health Center, the Leesburg location, and Fauquier Health Foundation, the Warrenton walk and run. For these organizations to sponsor us this early sets the stage for securing others to achieve our $100,000 sponsorship objective. Please tell us of any sponsorship candidates that we should approach.
To market the three walks/runs in northern Virginia and DC, the Foundation has contracted with a Leesburg marketing communications company. In concert with a graphics company who is redesigning our website and brochure, the company will ensure that our events are known to those interested in walking or running to raise money to detect, treat and eliminate breast cancer.
Middleburg Community Center Dedication of Cherry Trees On April 15 at the Middleburg Community Center, the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation publicly dedicated eight cherry trees purchased by families and friends of women who have had breast cancer. Four women were remembered by their families –Cheryl Clayton Atkins, Audrey M. Mars, Mary Dwyer Scott, and Nanette Hewett White-and Mary M. Stokes and Claudia S. Young were honored with trees. Another tree was dedicated to all women in our community who have fought and triumphed over breast cancer and another was dedicated to all women living with breast cancer with courage and hope.
Ministerial Advisory Board Nominees Sought Fauquier and Loudoun ministers and/or lay leaders can spread the word of the Foundation’s effort to help local women and men and can advise us on their church members’ needs. We have asked seventeen ministers to join this board but there are another thirty, at least, in the two counties that we have not had the time to contact. Please ask your ministers to join our effort by emailing for info to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 540 687 2213.
Nanettte’s Walk Becomes “Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Walk and 5K Run” Conducted Simutaneously in Middleburg, Leesburg and Warrenton. To substantially increase fundraising this year, three simultaneous Walks/5K Runs will be conducted in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Warrenton at 1 pm, Sunday, Oct. 10. Middleburg Bank has agreed to sponsor all three events, which will start and end at the Bank’s offices in those towns. In addition to the Bank, sponsors at this time are Fauquier Health Foundation, Inova Loudoun Hospital, and Loudoun Community Health Center, with others to be sought as the events near. Advisory Board members are encouraged to help with the planning and execution of the Walks/5K Runs and to alert potential sponsors of the opportunities at funding levels from $5,000 to $1,000 per location. The financial objective of the three events is $300,000, an amount that would allow the Cherry Blossom Foundation to help many more Fauquier and Loudoun women in their breast cancer fights.
Advisory Board Created and Operating To expand representation within Fauquier and Loudoun Counties and to increase medical and ministerial advice to the Board and the Grants Committee, four Advisory Boards have been created: Fauquier, Loudoun, Ministerial, and Medical. Currently, thirty three women and men have joined the two county boards. The Ministerial Board, which will be composed of many area clergy or their representatives, will alert the Foundation of needs within their churches and will inform church members of the Foundation’s efforts and services. The Medical Advisory Board will advise the Foundation of breast cancer technologies and needs for possible grants and will review the Foundation’s proposed annual grants. Currently, two ministers and four physicians have agreed to join the respective boards. Advisory Board members are encouraged to recommend others to join the four boards. Thank you all for serving.
Board Elects Three New Directors Joining Mary Jo Jackson, Sandi Atkins, Lizanne Driskill and Jim Atkins on the Foundation’s Board of Directors are Upperville women, Christy Donovan and Jennifer Perkins, and Middleburg’s Michael Howland. All bring unique skills, expertise, and energy to the Foundation and are welcomed with great enthusiasm.
Fundraiser for Cancer Navigator The Cherry Blossom Foundation joined with Fauquier Health Foundation to conduct a fundraiser for a Cancer Navigator on Feb 21 at The Iron Bridge Wine Restaurant in Warrenton. The Cancer Navigator is a medical professional who guides patients newly diagnosed with cancer through the complex and sometimes bewildering medical treatment process. This is a new position at Fauquier Hospital’s Lake Manassas Cancer Center. Approximately 65 people attended with about $3,000 raised. Thanks go to Iron Bridge Restaurant for its charitable donation, magnificent cuisine and outstanding wines.
Top Gun Fundraiser at Hill School An astonishing $40,000.00 was raised Feb 27 for the Foundation’s breast cancer work by new Board Director, Michael W. Howland. Mike, who is the CEO of the holding corporation for the Applied Knowledge Group and a two year sponsor of Nanette’s Walk, initiated, organized and conducted the event which was a behind the scenes look at the filming of the 1986 Tom Cruise movie, “Top Gun”. More than 130 children and adults watched a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot who helped film the movie, narrate the scenes in the movie and describe Cruise’s and the other actors’ difficulties with handling fighter pilot requirements. Thanks to Mike Howland and to Hill School.
Advisory Board Meeting on Sunday, May 2 at Middleburg Community Center The first of two opportunities this year for Advisory Board members to meet to review and comment on Foundation plans will occur at the Middleburg Community Center at 4 pm, Sunday, May 2. Details of the meeting will come in the April Advisory Board News.
Great Meadow Polo is Proud to Present: The Cherry Blossom Women’s Invitational
USPA Sanctioned & WCT Qualifier
July 6th – 11th, 2010
2010 brings us Great Meadow Polo’s 3rd Annual Women’s Invitational, which will team up with the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is detection, treatment, education and elimination. Approximately 80% of the Foundations grants are passed on to charities and non-profits in Fauquier and Loudon counties, with the other 20% going towards regional research.
For more information about this organization please visit:
This year, the Invitational will be a USPA Sanctioned Tournament, as well as a Women’s Championship Tournament Qualifier. For more information about the qualification, please visit www.WCTPolo.com
Tournament Format- two leagues:
- 0-2 Goal Grass League
- 4 chukkar
- 0-2 Goal Arena League
- 4 chukkar
For more information about the Invitational please contact Laura at Manager@GreatMeadowPoloClub.com or call 540-253-9844