The Hellenic Womens Club hosted an elegant cocktail reception on Sunday, April 5th 2010 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, raising over $36,000 to benefit The Demetra Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The evening featured a preview of the Escada pre-fall 2010 Collection as well as special guest presentations by Dr. Judy Garber, a lead researcher in the fight against breast cancer and Denise Dameris Hazen, a breast cancer survivor. More than 160 guests attended the Soiree – the first event the club has held to benefit just one of its many charitable causes.
Stacey Kacoyanis, Spring Soiree Chair, was truly delighted by the event’s success. She and her guests were dazzled by the beautiful Escada fashions, the elegance of the room filled with such lovely flower arrangements and spectacular views of Boston Harbor yet the most memorable part of the evening for her was “the spirit of friendship that permeated the room”.
Kacoyanis worked closely with Co-Chair, Christa Ayoub, her hard-working event committee, and the enthusiastic support of EOK Club President Pam Lazares and Demetra Chair Stephanie Andrews.
(l-r) Hellenic Women's Club President Pamela Lazares, event Co-Chair Christa Ayoub, Honored Guest Denise Hazen, Dr. Helen Papoulias O'Leary, Honored Guest Dr. Judy Garber, Demetra Fund Chair Stephanie Andrews and event Chair Stacey Kacoyanis.
The Demetra Fund was established with a gift from club member Dr. Helen Papoulias O’Leary in memory of her sister and fellow member Demetra “Toulie” Samellas, who died from breast cancer in 2001. Kacoyanis found it especially heart-warming that both of Toulie’s sons, John and Demetre, were able to attend the reception and honor their mother’s memory.
The program concluded with Hellenic Womens Club President Pamela Lazares presenting Dr. Garber and Hazen with the club’s first AXIA Awards, honoring women of achievement.
Stacey Tsairis Kacoyanis, Chair
Christa Cocoris Ayoub, Co-Chair
Joan Aliapoulios, Rene Argyris
Mary Lynn Pergantis
Zacharie Haseotes Vinios
2010 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
Judy Garber, MD, MPH, is Director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is also an attending physician at Dana-Farber’s Breast Evaluation Center, an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an associate professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Garber’s research is focused on genetic susceptibility to breast, ovarian and other cancers, and the development of novel medical strategies to prevent cancer. She uses the tools of cancer epidemiology and biostatistics, genetics and molecular biology to identify women at high risk for breast cancer.
Denise Dameris Hazen was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer shortly after turning forty. She faced seventeen rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and six weeks of daily radiation. Throughout her treatment, Denise allowed herself to be filmed by a CNN crew for their documentary on cancer treatment entitled Taming the Beast. With her husband, Charles, their children Catherine and Nicholas, and her devoted family and friends, she was able to endure her treatment with a positive attitude. She attributes gaining her strength and maintaining an optimistic attitude to her support system and her strong faith. Today as a five year survivor, Denise is the author of Treat Her Like a Princess (Bright Sky Press, 2009), a book that details the loving and thoughtful ways her family and friends supported her throughout her battle.