2020 ESSCO-MGH Virtual Armchair Affair!

Join our 2020 ESSCO-MGH Virtual Armchair Affair!

For the safety of our fabulous donors and organizers, we’ve gone to a virtual format – again – this year for our fundraising efforts. The good news is, we have a date on the Pine Brook calendar for our in-person festivities on Cinco de Mayo 2021! So, mark your calendars for an exciting evening of margaritas, mariachi, and Mexicana on May 5, 2021!

Until then, we’d love your 2020 support!

Thanks to the success of our 2019 Virtual Armchair Affair, we’re back at it this year and hope you’ll join us in donating to the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund and/or the ESSCO-Slater Family Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology when your invite arrives in the mail.

It’s simple and easy, and you can do it without leaving the safety and comfort of your home! Just click on the attached 2020 ESSCO-MGH Virtual Armchair Affair link and choose your method of giving.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our festive Cinco de Mayo celebration honoring 27 years of funding research and advancements in cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA!

As always, we thank you for your generosity and continued support!

2019 Virtual Armchair Affair

Join us for our Armchair Affair; a virtual event to raise money for the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund & The ESSCO-Slater Family Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology.

Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can help us reach our fundraising goals!

Preparations are underway for our 25th Anniversary Gala which will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020. Because we’re working hard to make the 2020 Gala extra special, we are hosting a virtual fundraiser this year.

Without leaving your armchair, you can donate to support the following innovative research programs at MGH:

*Clean surgical margins with the Lumicell Imaging System

*The development of machine learning models to predict recurrence of ductal carcinoma in-situ

*Treating early-stage breast cancer with immunotherapy

*Nipple-sparing mastectomy

*and more.

Click here to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund and/or The ESSCO-Slater Family Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology. 100% of the money you donate will go directly to funding vital breast cancer research at the MGH.

Thank you for your continued support!

Gretchen Monahan Helps Us Raise Over $280,000!

What a fabulous night we had!  Thanks to our 2018 Honoree, Gretchen Monahan, we raised over $280,000 for innovative breast cancer research and treatment programs at MGH!  It was a spectacular night with over 160 guests, and a fabulous live auction with our favorite Auctioneer and Emcee, Susan Wornick! Thanks to our event underwriters, Ellen & Ken Slater, one hundred percent of the money we raised has gone directly to MGH. We do not take a penny off the top for administrative or fundraising purposes.  Thank you, everyone, for a fabulously successful night!

Help Us Honor Gretchen Monahan on October 18th!

Save the date of October 18th for our 23rd Annual Cards for a Cure Benefit honoring the fabulous Gretchen Monahan for her work in support of the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund.  The event will take place at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA, and will be packed with wonderful people, delicious food, exciting gaming tables, terrific auction items, and your favorite Emcee/Auctioneer, Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV fame.  One hundred percent of everything we raise will go directly to MGH for the purpose of fighting cancer!  Won’t you join us?

For more information about the event or to purchase a ticket, please contact Missy Cohen-Fyffe at mcfyffe1@comcast.net.  Tickets are $250. It’s the best investment you can make! To make a tax-deductible donation, please click the link above. To order a ticket to the event, click here: https://because.massgeneral.org/event/essco-mgh-cards-for-a-cure-23rd-annual-benefit/e184910

See you on October 18th!

Celebrate with a 5K on Father’s Day!

The fabulous folks at Take the Lake 5K are hosting their 19th annual walk/ride/run event to benefit the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund on Sunday, June 17th!  What better way to celebrate Dad then to take him for a family fun time that also benefits a wonderful cause?  We hope you’ll join us for this great day! http://www.takethelake5k.com

A Fabulous Night!

Such a wonderful night! Thanks to all who contributed, attended, or gave us a pat on the back! We raised a considerable amount for breast cancer research and had a ball doing it!


Our 22nd Annual Cards For A Cure benefit will be held on Thursday, October 26th at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA.  This year, we are proud to honor Larry Lebatique; a man who has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund and, in so doing, has raised over $60,000 for the fund!  Save the date, and join us for a very special evening complete with professional gaming tables, silent and live auction items, delicious food, beautiful music by Big Daddy Jazz Trio, and our very own, one-of-a-kind Emcee and Auctioneer, Susan Wornick.

Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information!


Take The Lake 5K – Sunday, June 25th

Please join us for a fabulous 5K run/walk/bike day on Sunday, June 25th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA! Proceeds from this fun event will benefit the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund, and you can sign up using the link below.

Take the Lake 5K is an uplifting community event organized as a positive response to the challenges of cancer.  Initiated 18 years ago as a tribute to Wakefield, MA, native Janice Mignosa Frye, Take the Lake 5K raises funds for meaningful and impactful cancer-related non-profits.  This year, Take the Lake 5K is once again donating its proceeds to the ESSCO-MGH Breast Cancer Research Fund.

To sign up to participate, please use the link below. For more information, please contact Tom Mignosa at tmignosa@gmail.com or call 781-640-4920.


Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words


2016 ESSCO Susan and Lynn 15157017_1199046790142521_6470950839526062441_oThe 2016 Cards For A Cure Benefit raised over $250,000! One hundred percent of the funds raised went directly to the ESSCO-Slater Family Chair in Surgical Oncology.  We are well on our way to reaching our goal of raising $2 million to fund the Chair in its entirety.  Please stay tuned for information on our 2017 Annual Benefit as well as details about our upcoming Community Fundraiser, Take The Lake.

2016 Essco Bill at Podium 15168864_1199046983475835_648553895956312977_o 2016 Essco Ellen Slater and friends 15194486_1199047563475777_878379744379388128_o 2016 Essco Ken at Podium 15194341_1199047283475805_8054909798117226366_o

B-L-A-C-K J-A-C-K! We’re Turning 21!

Looking for a fun way to support cancer research and the talented Chief of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Kenneth K. Tanabe? Then join us for a Casino Night, October 27th at Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA!

Play rounds of Black Jack, take your chances at the Roulette Table, and when you feel like winning some VERY attractive auction items, bid, bid, bid!

All proceeds from our 21st Annual Casino Night will benefit the ESSCO-Slater Family Chair in Surgical Oncology.  As always, 100% of the money we raise goes directly to MGH. We don’t take a penny off the top for anything!

To join us, simply register via the link below!