Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Women & Wellness Forum Series

Save the date for the 21st anniversary on February 9, 2016!

Contact: Stephanie Jenks

...and the 2016 speaker is:
Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand

self-described good cook and terrible gardener, Elin is a breast cancer survivor and author of 15 novels who has created an online forum for women to share stories of breast cancer. We are thrilled to share this news and have you join in our excitement. This year’s benefit for women’s cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center is poised to be another memorable and successful event! 
We look forward to seeing you at The Jefferson onTuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Tickets will be available in early January, but event sponsors can secure seating immediately.  2016 sponsor information is available now!

To learn about how you can be involved in the 2016 Women & Wellness event as a committee member, event attendee or sponsor, please contact Stephanie Jenks at (804) 827-0642 or

  • Gifts in honor of

    Supporting women's cancer research at Massey has always been important.  The funds raised by Women & Wellness have allowed Massey to transform the fight against cancer and the lives of those affected.  

    Join us we give women a better chance at wellness today!

    Your tax deductible gift can be made in honor or in memory of anyone who has contributed or been affected by cancer. 

    Give today!


  • Sponsors


    vcu health


    ACG Hunton Williams     wells fargo

    Louise Cochrane


    Barbara S. Brown, PhD
    Linden Capital LLC
    MCV Foundation
    Owens & Minor
    Pure Barre - Short Pump


    Patient First
    Pure Barre - Near West End
    RE Strong Run
    Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley LLC
    Weinstein Properties
    Virginia Commonwealth University


    Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Arthur
    Care Advantage, Inc.
    Michael S. Godin, MD, PLC
    Drs. Kaugars & Miller, P.C.
    Keiter CPAs
    Mako Builders, Inc.
    The Martin Agency
    Morgan Stanley
    Missy & Jim Ryan
    Women of St. Stephen's


    Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Bliley, Jr.
    Susan Stevens Bogese
    Central Diesel
    Custom Kitchens, Inc.
    Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners
    Mitchell, Wiggins & Company LLP
    Schutte - Box & Yenser Wealth Management Group - Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
    Mary Frances Gravitt
    Carol Roper Hoffler
    Lumber Liquidators
    Cindi Cobbs & Jim Ludwig
    Team Katharine
    The Trust Company of Virginia

    Richmond Magazine

    CBS 6

    bbgb books


  • Luncheon Details

    The Committee for the 21st Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series is pleased to share the following details in anticipation of another outstanding event!

    Event timing - The reception will begin at Noon in the Rotunda of the Jefferson Hotel on Tuesday, February 9th.  The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude by 2 p.m.

    Parking is the responsibility of each guest. Please click here for directions and parking information. In order to ensure a timely departure for all guests, please consider arriving with members of your party and have exact change for parking payment.
    Seating assignments will be printed on attendees' name badges and available during the reception. 
    Meet and Greet with the Speaker - Elin Hilderbrand, the 2016 keynote speaker, will be available until 3 p.m. to sign books.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own books or purchase from our on-site seller, bbgb books.
    Special accommodations - Should you need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Jenks at to coordinate dietary restrictions, etc.
  • Day of Fun!

    With so many ways to participate, there's an option for everyone to support the Women & Wellness Forum Series!


    Flowers for a Cure

    Designed in honor of Elin Hilderbrand's beloved Nantucket, this year's flowers are as refreshing as a day at the beach!  The Women & Wellness Flower Committee, led by Emily LeVasseur and Amy Quinby, is pleased to offer overflowing baskets featuring hydrangeas, lily grass, Italian ruscus and hypericum berries.

    These whimsical arrangements will be available for sale at the close of the luncheon for $25.

    NEW this year!  Purchase a "Tribute Table" to honor a physician, friend or loved one.  A donation of $100 includes an elegant placard on the table, a notation in the event program and the floral centerpiece to take home or give to your honoree.

    Contact Stephanie Jenks at to reserve your arrangement today!

    W&W flowers


    Boas - Support Massey in style!

    For a donation of $10, volunteers will offer you a playful fringe boa in either pink, lavendar or blue.  Have some fun and celebrate the advances in women's cancer research!

    We are honored to offer our survivors a white boa upon entry to the luncheon and encourage you to wear in good health.



    Special thanks to our friends at bbgb who will join us at The Jefferson to coordinate book sales and the book signing with Elin Hilderbrand!

    You may bring in your own copies for signing or can plan on purchasing any of the below titles.  20% of book sales from the day will be donated to Massey by bbgb!

    Winter Stroll  $25 (hardcover)

    Winter Street $14.99 (paperback)

    The Matchmaker $17 (paperback)

    The Rumor $28 (hardcover)

    Beautiful Day $16 (paperback)


    Prize Drawing

    We encourage attendees to participate in our drawing by completing the card located at your luncheon place setting.  Attendees who complete a card will be entered to win the prize.  A winner will be selected during the luncheon.


    Thanks to the generosity of Mark and Ellie Gottwald, a lucky lunch attendee will win a fantastic stay a the Ships Inn.  This restored whaling captain's mansion now serves as an elegant inn on the island of Nantucket.  Enjoy three nights in a room for two with dinner for two in their candelit award-winning restaurant.

    Must be present to win.  Restrictions do apply.

    ships inn

    Cash, check or credit will be accepted for all opportunities.






  • Additional Events

    sara campbell

    Sara Campbell Shopping Event
    Thursday, February 18
    10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    306 Libbie Avenue - Richmond

    Refresh your wardrobe and start thinking spring with this perfect excuse to shop until you drop.

    Join us for a very special day of shopping and support at Sara Campbell.  10% of proceeds from the day's sales will benefit women's cancer research at Massey and all shoppers will receive a 10% discount!

    Gift with purchase!   A Women & Wellness champagne flute will be our gift to customers who spend $100 or more.

    Special thanks to our event hosts, Dania Luby and Cheryl Slokker.


    Are you intersted in hosting an event to benefit the Women & Wellness Forum Series?  Please contact Stephanie Jenks at




Photos from past events

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We look forward to your continued support of women's cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center!

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