President, Jean Shipos
The Honorable John Bencivengo
Keith M. McWhirk, Esquire
The Honorable Douglas Palmer
Dr. Lorna Rodriguez
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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
Teal Tea Party Tickets on Sale Now - Funds Fight Ovarian Cancer
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
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."