Special Thanks: Summer 2016

thank you 2015 emailWe could not do this work without the support of so many members and volunteers.

Thanks to our Salesforce volunteers for devoting hours to assist us with in-house mailings and learning more about BCAction’s mission and work.

Carrie Wong graciously continues to volunteer hours towards office tasks, big and small.

Thank you to everyone who made the 12th Annual Billie Gardner Loulan Memorial Luncheon such a roaring success:

  • Once again we thank JoAnn Loulan, and house hosts Donna Dubinsky and Len Shustek, as well as speakers Peggy Orenstein, and Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, MD, MPH., Meaghan Calcari Campbell and Laurie Pomeranz, and our auction MC’s Elaine Costello, Julie Morgan and baby Danika. We value the investment of sponsors Stephanie and Fredric Harman, Karen Klein, Annie Noonan, Dorothy Polash & Kevin Edwards, and Stefanie Trenchard.
  • Thank you to the LaureL Foundation for the generous matching grant which combined with the generosity of so many donors who helped us reach our goal.
  • Thank you to our in-kind donors Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Donna Dubinsky and Len Shustek, Susie Fox. Nancy Freire. JoAnn Loulan and Ronny Crawford, Larry McLaughlin, Laurie Pomeranz, Michaelene Risley, Karen Samuels, Weir Catering, and Laure Woods.

Special thanks to those who made our 4th Annual Acting Out – For the Health of It possible:

  • Event planning committee members
    Abigail Arons, Julie Morgan, Kathleen Toland, Karen Klein and Sarah Harding.
  • Event sponsors:
    • Opening Acts – $1,000
      Margie Adam & Ruth Macgregor (in memory of Barbara Brenner); Claudia Cappio; Peggy Huston; Mechanics Bank; Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
    • Supporting Act – $500

Signy Judd and Jonathan Wade; Jane and Stacey Zones.

  • Our emcee Irma Herrera and our mainstage performers and readers Susie Lampert, Julie Morgan, Marina Crouse and band (Tammy Lynn Hall on piano, Garth Webber on guitar, Ruth Davies on bass, and Bobby Cochran on drums), AXIS Dance Company (Julie Crothers and Sophie Stanley) and Yayne Abeba.
  • Thanks also so our VIP reception performers, The Roger Riedlbauer Trio and our in-kind donors Papalote Restaurant, Nuri’s Kitchen, Sugar Pie Baking Company, The Magic Theater, Hilo, Circus Center, Dollhouse Bettie, Aerial Artique, Steve Hess, Back to the Roots, Luke’s Local, Pressed Juicery, Klean Kanteen, Marine Layer, Yume Takeuchi, Mind Balance, Karen Klein, Brian de Simone, Utopia Dry Goods, Ashley Reese, Good Vibrations, Heather Lind, Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Laurie Pomeranz, Darcy Vasudev, Morgan Shidler, and Peggy Orenstein.
  • Thank you to all our volunteers who always make our events run so smoothly: Anais Walsdorf, Dana Sam, Daniel Kong, Kirstin Arnold, and Kristin Taylor.

Over many years Sheila Kitts has volunteered her graphic design skills free of charge to produce creative invitations for the Loulan Luncheon and Acting Out as well as memorable campaign logos for Think Before You Pink®. She has always been willing to collaborate and imagine powerful ways to visually brand our communications. We are eternally grateful for all her talent and her willingness to share it with us.

Thank you to Robert Cook Deegan, MD., Charis Thompson, Ph.D., and Lawrence H. Kushi, ScD., for sharing their expertise and participating in a lively discussion at our annual Board-Staff retreat.

Thank you to Alan Kleinschmidt & the SF Choral Society for donating complimentary tickets to their outstanding performances for use by our staff, board & volunteers.

There are so many people who stepped up to make the launch celebration of Barbara’s book So Much to be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner such a huge success. Thank you to all of you who attended and purchased books (many of you purchased more than one), your presence helped release the book with the fanfare Barbara’s work deserved.

  • Heather Skinner, Emily Doskow and Danielle Kasprzak from the University of Minnesota Press: Thank you for your grace, patience and financial support in planning the amazing book launch event for So Much to be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner. The book’s success means a lot to the BCAction community and you made very clear that this project was dear to your own hearts as well.
  • Thank you to Cheri Bryant and Dick Grosboll for their support in securing the of the generous sponsorship of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California.
  • Thank you to the Friends of Barbara Brenner: Cheri Pies and Melina Linder, Steven and Ann Veta Brick, Claudia A. Cappio, Kathleen J. Purcell, Elizabeth C. Pritzker, Cheri Bryant, Ellen J. Greenberg and Duncan J. Watry, Karen Glikman and M.C. Duboscq.
  • Thanks to our readers at the launch event in San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center for bringing their insight and passion and reminding us of the importance of this work and the legacy of Barbara Brenner: Rebecca Farmer, Susie Lampert, Angela Wall, and Barbara Sjoholm.

Thanks to our readers, hosts and organizers at events taking place in the wider Bay Area and across the country. Your personal anecdotes and ongoing support of Barbara’s work are inspiring: Elaine Elinson. Rachel Morello Frosch, Pauli Ojea,  Rabbi Margaret Holub, Sara O’Donnell, Theresa Wang, Roberta Gelb, Dorothy Ehrlich, Abby Abinanti, Nanci Grail, and Joan Biren without you all these events could not have happened.

Susie Lampert: Thank you so much for your ongoing generosity and for your work to bring to light Barbara’s book So Much to be Done: The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner. Thank you for being that “ambitious person.” The success of this book and the numerous community events across the country are because of your perseverance.

Thank you to Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility LA and founding member of STAND LA, Juan Flores, Community Organizer for Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment and Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth for contributing to an engaging and educational webinar on Communities Impacted by Fracking Coast to Coast in March

Thank you to Samantha King, author of Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy and Jeanette Koncikowski, Breast Cancer Action’s Community Leaders for Change for participating in the inspiring and powerful webinar Think Before You Pink: Exercise You Mind in April.

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