Announcing Northwest Hope & Healing’s Seventeeth Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser

NORTHWEST HOPE & HEALING (NWH&H) ANNOUNCES SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER FEATURING LOCAL MODELS IMPACTED BY BREAST OR GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER

  • Funds Raised Benefit Local Women* Who Are Undergoing Breast and Gynecological Cancer Treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute and Struggling to Meet Basic Financial Obligations
  • Event Sponsors Include Local Boutiques, Couture Designers, Make-Up Artists and Businesses
  • Since 2000, NWH&H Has Provided 10,000+ Healing Gift Boxes and Raised Nearly $2M in Funds to Assist More Than 2,500 Local People In Need

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SEATTLE, April 3, 2019 — Northwest Hope & Healing, a Puget Sound-based 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides immediate financial assistance to women who are undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute, announced today that the organization’s premiere fundraising event, STYLE ’19, will be held on June 7, 2019 at the King Street Ballroom in downtown Seattle.

“Unfortunately, for many women, breast or gynecological cancer is not only a health emergency but also a financial catastrophe,” said Karyn Blasi-Hellar, executive director of Northwest Hope & Healing. “Imagine sitting in chemo while worrying about how to put food on the table, or facing surgery while worrying about paying for childcare. We believe that cancer is hard enough, and that nobody should have to face hunger, eviction, or having the lights turned off during treatment due to a lack of funds. The money we raise during our annual Fashion Shows allow us to give immediate financial assistance to these women in need at Swedish Cancer Institute by offering both financial grants, as well as comforting Healing Baskets to let them know they are not alone.”

In 2018, NWH&H gave 400 grants to patients in need, totaling a record breaking $140,000 and hand-delivered more than 300 healing baskets. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has provided over 10,000 Healing Baskets to newly diagnosed breast or gynecological cancer patients, and raised close to $2,000,000, which has assisted over 2,500 patients and their families in financial need.

“I have been personally moved by this organization and what they do to support both women and men who are going through some of the worst times in their lives,” said Shelly Hughes, a past grant recipient and volunteer model coordinator for the show. “Like me, many of this year’s models have been directly impacted by cancer – several are survivors or even currently undergoing treatment. To watch them walk on stage in front of so many people, all in support of women and their families in the Pacific Northwest, is both inspiring and truly humbling.”

STYLE ’19 will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour where guests can enjoy bubbles, cocktails and appetizers while they mingle and check out a variety of silent auction items. The fashion show, featuring styles from local boutiques and couture designers, will begin at 7:00pm and will include a live auction and paddle raise, followed by an after-the-show dance party.

Tickets are now available for purchase here. For those unable to attend, or who are feeling generous, a “Sponsor a Model” option is also available and will allow for more of our model’s friends and family to come cheer them on while they strut the runway.

*Occasionally, NWH&H also helps men diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately 2,600 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.

About Northwest Hope & Healing (NWH&H)

NWH&H is a Puget Sound-based nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to women undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute who are struggling to meet their basic needs. NWH&H’s patient assistance funds can be applied towards everyday living expenses such as child care or groceries, reliable transportation, or emergency rent. They are granted on the spot, without lengthy application forms or approval processes.

Contact

Karyn Blasi-Hellar
Executive Director, Northwest Hope & Healing
Ph: (1) 206-715-7112
E: karyn@nwhopeandhealing.org

Jennifer Price
Media Relations, Northwest Hope & Healing
Ph: (1) 917-567-7136
E: jenniferpriceny@gmail.com

New Interim Executive Director Karyn Blasi Hellar

We are excited to announce the selection of Karyn Blasi Hellar as our new interim Executive Director, and invite you to join us in thanking Kristina Dahl for serving in this role for nearly two years.

We are grateful to Kristina for helping Northwest Hope and Healing grow—through more awareness, more donations, and best of all, more women receiving help through our grants and healing baskets. We are sad to see her leave, but wish her all the best in her new endeavor as a high school English teacher.

Karyn (pictured at right) is prepared to lead NWHH with enthusiasm, knowledge of the organization, a first-hand understanding of our patients’ needs, and a commitment to our cause.

She also brings a wealth of experience to her new role: while managing breast imaging for Swedish Hospital, First Hill, she was asked to join NWHH Board, where she filled roles on the executive team as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Prior to her tenure at Swedish, she worked for a decade at both Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she more recently managed the breast cancer program.

“I look forward to continuing to serve and partner with Seattle’s dynamic community in this new capacity,” remarks Karyn. “I am dedicated to supporting and developing NWHH because it provides vital resources to those in need, contributing to this region’s quality of life.”

Please join us in wishing Kristina well in her new endeavors, and also in welcoming Karyn to her new role.

 

Northwest Hope and Healing on KING5 New Day Northwest

New Day Northwest for Style16On April 20, 2016, Northwest Hope and Healing’s Executive Director Kristina Dahl made an appearance on KING5’s New Day Northwest.

Kristina Dahl and NW Hope & Healing grant recipient Tracey Hilton made an appearance on New Day Northwest to talk about how NW Hope & Healing helps cancer patients, and the growing need for assistance within our community.

View the segment here: www.king5.com

 

Style ’16 Fundraiser a Record Breaking Success!

Models line up

Thank you to the many, many people who made Style’16 an incredible success.  We are thrilled to report that the event generated over $205,000 – a record breaking year!

Firefighter 3

Red dressThis year’s attendees were treated to the sight of inspirational cancer survivors modeling beautiful fashions from local boutiques, along with handsome (and kind-hearted) firemen, not to mention a wonderful night out.

These lovely survivor-ladies and their firefighter friends had a blast getting glammed up at Ola Salon & Spa before the show, then parading their favorite fashions from Finerie SeattleCarmilia’sCoastal Surf Boutique3 Wishes BoutiquePeridot BoutiqueScotch & Soda Official SiteVia LagoVisette Boutique, and West Seattle Runner down the catwalk.

Fist pumpBlow kissWe could not have done it without incredible community support, and we are so grateful to everyone who contributed.

Northwest Hope and Healing wishes to extend a sincere thank you to our donors, sponsors, models, boutiques, volunteers, committee members, and in-kind donors, along with deep gratitude to the volunteer planning committee for their hard work: Amy Daly-Donovan, Erin Daly, Kathy Petras, Shanti Lang, Tracey Hilton, Kimberly Law, Peggy Nelson, and Patrick Murphy.

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The team that put this event together, from left to right: Amy Daly-Donovan, Erin Daly, and NWHH Executive Director Kristina Louise Dahl

The team that put this event together, from left to right: Amy Daly-Donovan, Erin Daly, and NWHH Executive Director Kristina Louise Dahl

Swedish Community Impact Award

Northwest Hope & Healing was presented with the 2011 Swedish Community Impact Award from Swedish Medical Center.

impact-awardThis award recognizes a corporation or foundation whose ongoing support of Swedish Medical Center has made an important impact on the health of the people and community they serve.

Shown at right: NWHH Founder Christine Smith and former Executive Director Shari Sewell.

 

On September 15th, Northwest Hope & Healing was recognized in an awards ceremony at the Swedish Donor Recognition Event held at the Seattle Tennis Club. Northwest Hope & Healing was presented with the 2011 Swedish Community Impact Award which recognizes a corporation or foundation whose ongoing support of Swedish Medical Center has made an important impact on the health of the people and community they serve.

“This award is the result of the generosity of our donors and supporters. The Community Impact Award is an honor to receive and we look forward to continue to assist women who are battling cancer.” says Executive Director, Shari Sewell.

Since 2000, Northwest Hope & Healing (NWHH) has partnered with Swedish Medical Center to offer support to women who are battling breast cancer in the Puget Sound area. Through their Healing Programs, which include the Patient Assistance Fund and the Healing Basket Program, NWHH has sent a message of love, life, and hope to more than 6,800 women who are fighting breast cancer. After paying for medical care, deductibles, co-pays and prescriptions, many patients face a shortfall for basic needs like food and rent. The NWHH Patient Assistance Fund helps ensure that women don’t have to skip treatment to have food on the table, childcare during treatments, transportation to appointments, or a roof over their heads.

In addition, signature Healing Baskets are filled with items such as a teddy bear, soothing hand lotion and herbal tea. Healing Baskets are given free of charge to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at all Swedish Campuses which include First Hill, Cherry Hill, Edmonds, and Issaquah, as well as the Swedish Cancer Institute affiliate at Highline Hospital in Burien.

Other awards were presented by Swedish to John L. Petersen M.D. and Saul Rivkin M.D., Martin S. Siegel M.D., Anne and Wayne Gittinger.

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Senator Patty Murray Awards Christine Smith

Senator Patty Murray Presents Golden Tennis Shoe Award to Northwest Hope & Healing Founder Christine Smith

Golden Tennis Shoe AwardSenator Patty Murray, along with Senator Barbara Boxer honored Christine Smith at the annual Golden Tennis Shoe awards luncheon on Thursday April 4th at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. Christine was selected to receive the 2007 Golden Tennis Show for her continued support of breast cancer patients, survivors, advocates, as well as her positive influence and support of those touched by the disease.

Christine Smith One of 25 Yoplait Champions

Yoplait, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and SELF Magazine announce they have selected Christine Smith, Founder of Northwest Hope and Healing, as one of 25 Yoplait Champions for 2006.

Christine was selected for clearly demonstrating her strong and sustained commitment to the breast cancer cause and continues to impact others’ lives in the community, after beating breast cancer in 2000. Christine started a remarkable organization called Northwest Hope and Healing and shows how personal tragedy can be turned into something positive.

Yoplait Christine Meets NancyYoplait Christine AwardShown at left: Christine meets Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and presents a Longaberger Healing Basket.

Shown at right: Christine accepts her award.