THe Teal Tea Foundation - Raising awareness of ovarian cancer, one tea at a time.

OFFICERS

President, Jean Shipos
Vice President, Patric Mills
Secretary, Lisa Lonstein
Treasurer, Carolyn Markham

TRUSTEES

James Baldinger
Lauren Kuik
Anne Marcantonio
Jean Shipos

ADVISORY BOARD

The Honorable John Bencivengo
Mayor, Hamilton Township, NJ

Anne Gale
Survivor
VP/Corp Secretary (Retired)
Educational Testing Service

Keith M. McWhirk, Esquire
Mandracchia & McWhirk, LLC

The Honorable Douglas Palmer
Mayor, Trenton, NJ

Dr. Lorna Rodriguez
Chief of Oncology/Gynecology
The Cancer Institute of NJ

Nancy Sherlock
President
Morrisville Borough Council

NJ Teal Tea News

Teal Ribbons Everywhere - What do they Mean?

Teal Ribbons Everywhere - What do they mean? Shari Widmayer is tying Teal Ribbon around an old oak tree during September's "Turn The Towns Teal" to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
Turn the Towns Teal
Volunteers will be tying teal ribbons around old oak trees this month in an effort to put a face on the fight against ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and teal is the color that represents ovarian cancer. In order to make the public more aware of this disease and its silent symptoms, Gail MacNeil of Chatham Township, NJ created the campaign entitled Turn The Towns Teal " which consists of volunteers throughout New Jersey, and other states, tying teal ribbons around trees and handing out literature detailing the SILENT symptoms of ovarian cancer. In Central New Jersey and Lower Bucks, The Teal Tea Foundation with its home base in Lawrenceville, NJ, is partnering with "Turn The Towns Teal" and the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation to request that local towns go teal. "Turn The Towns Teal" is being supported by Morrisville, PA in Lower Bucks County, and Bordentown, Hamilton, Fieldsboro, Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, Trenton, and West Windsor in Central New Jersey. Mayor John Bencivengo, of Hamilton, and Mayor Doug Palmer, of Trenton, are both members of the Teal Tea Foundation's Advisory Board as is Nancy Sherlock, President of the Morrisville Borough Council. It is expected that 170 towns, most of them in New Jersey, will be participating in September's "Turn The Towns Teal" campaign.

Local Chairperson Shari Widmayer, an ovarian cancer survivor, says that "turning the towns teal is an excellent way to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among American women, it is often referred to as a silent killer because the symptoms are vague and are very often misdiagnosed. More than 15,000 women in the United States died from ovarian cancer in 2008, and more than 21,000 women nationwide are diagnosed each year. Early detection enhances survival rates. Women often think that a pap smear detects ovarian cancer, it does not." There is NO early detection test for ovarian cancer which is why knowing the symptoms is critical.

The Teal Tea Foundation will also hold awareness days at local businesses to give away awareness magnets and materials and will have members available to speak with women about ovarian cancer. Unlike breast cancer, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are so indistinct that many women are not diagnosed until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Awareness of the symptoms and of their own personal health will help women distinguish between a possible flu and something more serious.

The Teal Tea Foundation also plans to participate in Hamilton's annual September fest to share key information and resources. The Teal Tea Foundation is supported by Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ the employer for many Foundation volunteers. Other Foundation members are employed by multiple local businesses including, International SOS in Bensalem, PA; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ; and Keller Williams Realtors in Princeton, NJ.

In 2009, the Foundation donated $8,000 to the Cancer Institute of NJ for ovarian cancer research. It has donated over $30,000 to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for awareness campaigns.

Dr. Erika Schwartz, Keynote Speaker at 3rd Annual Teal Tea
The 3rd Annual Teal Tea proceeds will benefit the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which raises awareness about ovarian cancer. The keynote speaker, Dr. Erika Schwartz, is one of the nation's most widely recognized experts in the field of bioidentical hormones and an outspoken advocate for Patient's rights. Dr Erika has testified before Congress, appeared on CBS News, Larry King Live, the View, Montel Williams Show, CNN, MSNBC and many others. Visit the resource room between 12:30 to 2:00 pm, staffed by Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, chief of gynecologic oncology at CINJ and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at MDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Teal Tea Party Tickets on Sale Now - Funds Fight Ovarian Cancer
TRENTON, N.J. - The 3rd annual Teal Tea will be held May 3, at the Trenton Marriott, Lafayette Yard. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds go to help find a cure and raise awareness of ovarian cancer for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). To purchase tickets, contact Amy Cellini.

The Teal Tea Foundation is also looking for volunteer table captains interested in decorating a tea table. Anyone interested in decorating a table for the fundraiser, should contact Jean Shipos. The Tea includes individual competitions for the most beautifully decorated tea table, a best hat parade, and music by Thursday Night Jazz and members of the Hun School Chamber Orchestra. A unique butterfly release in the Marriott Courtyard honoring survivors and those who have lost the fight to cancer culminates the event.

Donations for the Teal Tea are also needed for the silent auction at the Teal Tea. A few suggested donations would be gift certificates for services, restaurants, or stores; antiques, sporting event tickets, theatre tickets, and gift baskets. Baskets, ribbons, and other associated materials are needed to package donations. If you are over-whelmed with arts and crafts supplies, please consider donating them to the Teal Tea Foundation.

Tea Party Grows into Foundation - Funds Fight Ovarian Cancer
TRENTON, N.J. - The 3rd annual Teal Tea will be held May 3, at the Trenton Marriott, Lafayette Yard. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds go to help find a cure and raise awareness of ovarian cancer. The Tea includes individual competitions for the most beautifully decorated tea table, a best hat parade, and music by Thursday Night Jazz and members of the Hun School Chamber Orchestra.

The Teal Tea Foundation is also looking for volunteer table captains interested in decorating a tea table. Anyone interested in decorating a table for the fundraiser, should contact Shipos or visit www.tealtea.com for more information.

"A simple tea party held the first Sunday every May to raise funds for ovarian cancer awareness for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has blossomed into a full-fledged 501(c) (3) foundation - The Teal Tea Foundation." says Shipos, Teal Tea Foundation President.

After holding Teal Tea parties for two years with the support of Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ, they have formed an Executive Committee and Advisory Board to oversee their work as a foundation. Support for the organization includes new advisory board members: The Honorable John Bencivengo, Mayor of Hamilton Township; Anne Gale, Retired Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Educational Testing Service; Keith McWhirk, Esquire, Mandracchia & McWhirk, LLC; The Honorable Douglas Palmer, Mayor of Trenton; Dr. Lorna Rodriguez, Chief of Oncology/Gynecology, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey; and Nancy Sherlock, President Morrisville Borough Council.

"By moving into a recognized Foundation, we can continue to support numerous efforts to promote awareness of and the fight against, ovarian cancer," Shipos says. "As always, our primary goal with holding the Teal Tea is to recognize those who are currently fighting this insidious disease and to remember those who have lost the battle."

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