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The Ellie Fund Returned to the Runway with a Survivor Strut

Recently the annual 5 for Ellie Fashion Show was back in live auction style action at the Chestnut Hill Mall. The evening was a charity event to raise funds for women struggling with breast cancer and its hardships.

The night began with a VIP cocktail hour with live piano music, hors d’oeuvres, round tables for mixing and mingling, and auction tables for prizes ranging from; Round trip airfare for two, deluxe accommodations, professional travel specialist to book your trip, and amazing products from shops all over the city of Boston.

When guests were asked to take their seats for the runway portion of the evening it began with WCVB News Center 5 Anchor Maria Stephanos taking stage as the host of the event. She made her way down the catwalk in a stunning black and crystal dress that kept attention on her sparkle outside the newsroom.

The fashion began to flow in gorgeous gowns from Bloomingdales, heels from Boston’s Best accessory designer Chris Donovan all featured on the ladies from WCVB and professional models well known here in the hub. The strut down the runway was synced with music from DJ Denise LaCarubba, with hair and makeup on the glamor goddesses provided by, goMLR, Noel McKinnon and Salon Capri. All were gathered and directed by 20202’s Boston’s Best Stylist Kathy Benharris Owner of KBFashion Productions.

In the second set of looks were perfect short suits for the office or a night out of dining worn by Ellie Fund recipients. The crowed roared as these strong survivors strutted their way down the runway owning their moment to shine. The last set of summer must haves from Bloomingdales collection came down center stage in duo form with current breast cancer patients and their doctors.

The evening ended there and in heart warming form to see bold and beautiful women continue their fight and sashay with a smile showing that the fight is just that, not a defeat a win from within.

The Ellie Fund was founded in memory Eleanor “Ellie” Popkin, who passed away in 1987 at the age of 49 after a courageous 15+ year battle with breast cancer. The Ellie Fund is a continuation of the charitable spirit embodied during her life and provides a way to give back to families who are going through the challenges.

Their mission is to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery, and healing. Providing transportation to medical appointments, light housekeeping, nutritional and grocery assistance, childcare reimbursement, nutritious prepared/delivered meals, and integrative therapy services free of charge through our Healing Together Patient and Family Care Program and Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Program help to relieve a patient’s burden while in treatment. The Ellie Fund is honored to provide assistance to breast cancer patients residing in and/or receiving treatment in Massachusetts. To make a donation or learn more about the organization visit


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