It all began when I met Dee Dirksing, a volunteer committee member of the Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation
, at a YPO event I hosted at the gallery in 2010. Dee walked in and said, "this would be the perfect venue to honor Karen Wellington! She loved art!" Soon after, I was able to meet many other women from the committee during The SCAR Project Exhibit. These women are wholeheartedly dedicated to helping women diagnosed with breast cancer. Since our initial introduction all those months ago, we have developed meaningful friendships and grown increasingly passionate about the mission…
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Friends and family established The Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation
with Breast Cancer in 2007 to honor Karen’s life, share her legacy and inspire women to live – really
live – every day, as Karen did. Money that is donated and raised for the foundation is used to send women living with breast cancer on getaways where they can relax, unwind, and enjoy their loved ones. All in the name of their beloved friend, Karen.
The Karen Wellington Foundation focuses on improving the quality of lives of women and families LIVING with breast cancer by sending them on memorable trips. “We try to give them back some of the time they’ve lost while battling breast cancer; a vacation away where they can reconnect with family,” says Lisa Farrell of the Board, Giving, and Event Committee.
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The Blooming Bash
On April 21st
the Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation held their annual event, “Karen’s Gift” Forever in Bloom Bash, at the Art Design Consultants “Gallery in the Sky.”
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Karen Wellington was a very talented artist, and in celebration of that the committee felt that raising money through an art auction would be ‘spot on!’ It was an evening of Karen’s favorites… great art, a live jazz band, gorgeous fashions, delicious food, cocktails and fun!
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The entire evening was stunningly chic! The artwork—with a pink & spring inspired twist—covered the walls with vibrancy. Everyone who attended was dressed to the nines and delightful in spirit. The overall energy of the entire evening was an overflow of joy, gratitude, and remembrance. It was a beautiful event that several, very special people worked hard to plan.
To the following, who met at the gallery once a month to make this event happen, a huge ‘thank you’ and ‘congratulations’ for the immense success!
And a very special thank you to Michele Nieter, interior designer & owner of Arbor Living Interiors, close friend to ADC, and key volunteer for the Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation Event Planning Committee—who spent hours designing and planning for this wonderful fundraiser and who organized with all the artists for the art auction: Michele, you are a beautiful, hardworking woman with enormous heart and talent. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. To you, a special thank you.
Since 2007 the Karen Wellington Foundation has sent more than 35 women and their families on vacation—15 in 2011 alone! Karen would be so proud of all support this foundation has seen and the impact it is making on so many women & their families’ lives. What an empowering message—to truly live
everyday to the fullest. The Karen Wellington Foundation helps make this happen.
Donate a vacation spot to someone LIVING
with breast cancer http://www.kwellingtonfoundation.org/donate/donate-a-vacation-spot/
Email them at: email@example.com
or call Lisa at 513.884.0651