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Women & Wellness

SOLD OUT! - We are pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Women & Wellness Forum Series on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 is sold out.

Contact: Stephanie Jenks

Our Mission

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Continuing a 20–year tradition of uniting the community through powerful and inspiring speakers while supporting research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, the Women & Wellness Forum Series is one of Richmond’s most anticipated philanthropic and educational events. On February 3, 2015, more than 600 generous community members will have the opportunity to hear a message that conveys hope and positivity to all who have faced challenges. A hallmark of Women & Wellness is the strength and uniting force that comes from making a difference the fight against cancer… a tie that binds us all.

With the historic and elegant Jefferson Hotel as the backdrop for this signature Massey event, Women & Wellness aims to energize, inspire and motivate. Guests at the exceptional luncheon will leave ready to join Massey Cancer Center in the fight for better prevention, detection and treatment for women’s cancers.

  • Speaker

    The 2015 committee is pleased to announce that this year’s speaker will be director, producer and actor Meg Ryan!

    Meg Ryan exhibits her versatility and natural charm in every role she plays.

    Ryan’s comedic appeal was widely recognized in her first Golden Globe-nominated performance as Sally Allbright in When Harry Met Sally, written by Nora Ephron. She went on to star in Nora Ephron’s hit romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle opposite Tom Hanks, garnering a second Golden Globe nomination. Her last collaboration with Ephron and Hanks was the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, which once again gained Ryan international recognition as she was awarded her third Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film.

    Acclaim has also come to Ryan for her distinctive dramatic portraits, including her role opposite Denzel Washington as the first military woman nominated for a Medal of Honor in Courage Under Fire, and her moving portrayal of an alcoholic in When a Man Loves a Woman, opposite Andy Garcia.

    A Fairfield, Connecticut native, Ryan embarked on her acting career after studying journalism at New York University. She made her motion picture debut as Candice Bergen’s daughter in Rich and Famous, and attracted the attention of moviegoers and critics alike in her 1986 performance as a fighter pilot’s wife in Top Gun.

    Marking her directorial debut, Ryan is in the process of making Ithaca, a film adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel “The Human Comedy.” In addition to directing, she’ll be featured in the film along with Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid.

  • Lunch

    Please join us for a reception at Noon in the Rotunda at The Jefferson Hotel.  Guests will enjoy connecting with friends old and new while they receive their seating assignments.

    Seating will be available in the Grand Ballroom for $150 per guest and in the Empire Room (with a simulcast experience) for $100 per guest. Tables will be set for ten (10) in each room. 

    Menu for 2015 presented by The Jefferson Hotel

    Specialty Beverage:

    Ginger, Orange, Cranberry Infused Water


    Marinated Buffalo Mozzarella and Arugula Salad with Macerated Plumcots, Toasted Almonds, and a Broken Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mint


    Pretzel Crusted Chicken Breast with Mustard Sauce, Scalloped Cheddar and Green Onion Idaho Potatoes and Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts


    Butter Pecan Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and a Graham Cracker Crust

    Dietary restrictions may be shared with Stephanie Jenks at

  • Reservations


    We are excited to announce that the Grand Ballroom is sold out.  Thank you for your enthusiastic support of women's cancer research at Massey!

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  • Sponsorship

    From our Fundraising Chair:

    Dear Ellen, Hannah, Jane, Judy, Carol, and Susan,

    I have been asked to pen a few words on how and why I, as a man, became involved in corporate fundraising for a women’s cancer event.  The easy answer is Ellen asked me to do it.  The better answer appears below.

    On a general level as a “come here” and not a “from here” you have all heard me say many times there are 1,001 reasons why I love living in Richmond.  High on this list is that we are so very blessed to have VCU Massey Cancer Center, an award-winning facility currently ranked among the top 4 percent of cancer centers in the United States, working every day in our Virginia communities to eradicate all forms of cancer, including those that affect women.    

    More personally we, as men, all have wives, daughters, moms, sisters, friends, co-workers, or other women like you in our lives.  We care deeply about you as you make our existence richer in ways beyond description.  Statistically, however, too many of you will face cancer in your lifetime.  This makes women’s cancer our cancer – a human cancer – which surely resides in women but affects us all in a highly personal and substantive way.

    With this in mind I can state with 100% certainty that supporting the 20th Annual Women and Wellness event will help save women’s lives, which in turn improves the lives of the men who love them.  See you at Thanksgiving.


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    James C. Bonbright, III, Esq.,
    Fundraising Chair, 2015 Women & Wellness Forum Series

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!
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  • 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.  

    Funds generated by Women & Wellness have supported physician-researcher, Charles Geyer, M.D., as he co-authored practice changing, international research on breast cancer that was presented at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    The research involved a combination of two large, international phase 3 clinical trials, which found that a drug known as exemestane is more effective than tamoxifen at preventing breast cancer recurrence in young women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer, a common type of breast cancer.  This landmark study is the first to demonstrate that taking exemstane while blocking ovarian function reduces cancer recurrence in women with hormone-receptive cancer.  These results provide a new treatment option for premenopausal women formerly available only to postmenopausal women.

    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. 

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Who we are

More than forty women serve on the committee for the Women & Wellness Forum Series. The committee is comprised of community volunteers, business owners, and regional leaders who are invested in and dedicated to being partners with Massey in its commitment to eliminating women’s cancers. The committee works year‐round to ensure each year’s event is unique and successful. Their efforts have secured more than $2.5 million for research at Massey.

Women & Wellness attendees are passionate, educated and engaged in the community. For many, the day is a timehonored tradition, much like the sense of philanthropy that has been passed down for generations. For others, it is a gateway to becoming engaged with a cause that is important to the quality of life in our community. For all who attend, Women & Wellness is an opportunity to learn and to give back.

Through the dedication of our partners and the innovation of our research, VCU Massey Cancer Center is transforming the fight against cancer. Together we can transform lives.

View the 2015 invitation by clicking here: 2015 W&W Invite‌.

Please contact Stephanie Jenks ( for more information.



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