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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Women & Wellness Forum Series

Thank you to our donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make the 2020 event a success!

Contact: Kim Filipowicz

Deborah Norville to deliver keynote address

VCU Massey Cancer Center will welcome Deborah Norville as keynote speaker at the 25th Annual Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon presented by the Anthony F. and Susan M. Markel Foundation and Markel Corporation.

As anchor of Inside Edition, the country’s top-rated and most-honored syndicated newsmagazine, Deborah Norville is currently the longest serving anchor on American television and an inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. The veteran journalist joined Inside Edition in 1995 from CBS News where she was anchor and correspondent. Norville is a former-co-host of NBC’s “Today” and anchor of NBC “News at Sunrise.” Norville is also a cancer survivor, best-selling author and lecturer and has received national recognition and innumerable awards for her role as a philanthropist and for her professional and personal accomplishments that have inspired women everywhere to focus on resilience and strength. 

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About Women & Wellness

In 1996, the Women & Wellness Forum Series was established to educate women on their healthcare options in Richmond and raise funds to support women's cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

The centerpiece of the series is the Women & Wellness Signature Breakfast and Luncheon, which has grown to become a beloved and much anticipated annual tradition at The Jefferson Hotel. Thanks to a dedicated volunteer committee, the event has raised nearly $5 million for women's cancer research, inspired thousands of attendees and welcomed impressive keynote speakers, including Joan Lunden and Samantha Harris. 

The impact of funds raised has been widespread, providing critical funding to support cutting-edge research in women's cancers. Additional events throughout the year offer educational and inspirational programming. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming opportunities to attend a Women & Wellness Forum Series event and support women's cancer research at Massey.


  • Tradition Series

    Purchase your tickets for the 2020 Women & Wellness Breakfast!

    Join us Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at The Jefferson Hotel. The luncheon is sold out, but seats are still available for the breakfast.

    Visit to see event details and purchase tickets.


    Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Kim Filipowicz for more information at (804) 828-1451.

  • Impact Series

    Thirsting for knowledge and additional opportunities to support Massey, the Series has expanded to incorporate elements of edcuation and outreach to meet the demands of our most dedicated supporters. With a focus on creating a tangible change in the lives of those impacted by cancer, these hands on experiences will reflect Massey's mission to eradicate the suffering caused by cancer. 

    We invite you to learn more and join us for a series of free educational workshops on women's cancers at our Stony Point Patient Resource Library!

    Our series so far have focused on ovarian and breast cancers. Please view our events calendar for more dates and details. 

  • Influence Series

    Our Women & Wellness Influence series showcases the rock star women researchers, nutritionists, physicians and others who dedicate their work to supporting the mission at Massey. Held in the evenings, these events offer attendees a wonderful opportunity to learn more about women's cancer research, understand the tools they need to feel empowered about their own health and lifestyle decisions and understand Massey's role as a community resource.

    Check back for upcoming events.



  • Celebration Series

    The funds and awareness raised in the past twenty-one years have created many advances in the area of women's cancer research at Massey. With survivors speaking passionately and positively about their Massey experience, now is the time to embrace the mission to create continued success for generations to come. A celebratory and social environment provide the perfect backdrop to toast to a cure!

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  • Sponsors

    2019 Sponsors of the Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon


    Breakfast Host: VCU Health

    Champagne Reception Sponsor: Fink's Jewelers

    Table Host: S.W. Funk Industrial Contractors, Inc.

    Book Sponsor: Karen D. Higgins--Wood, Higgins, Shore, Wealth Management Group, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

    Breakfast Coffee Bar Sponsor: Patient First

    Courage Sponsors:

    • Capital Bank
    • Hancock Daniel
    • MCV Foundation
    • TowneBank Richmond
    • Virginia Physicians for Women

    Hope Sponsors:

    • Davenport & Company
    • Faith Greenwood, Long & Foster
    • Locke & Quinn
    • Weinstein Properties

    Discovery Sponsors:

    • Connie Hom
    • Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Arthur
    • Shelly Arthur Landscape and Garden Design LLC
    • Susan Stevens Bogese
    • Dr. Michael Godin
    • Mr. & Mrs. Crawley F. Joyner III
    • Drs. Kaugars, Miller and Turner
    • Keiter
    • KPMG
    • Mary Malone
    • Missy & Jim Ryan
    • New Market
    • Shelly Arthur Landscape and Garden Design, LLC
    • VCU Foundation
    • Westminster Canterbury
    • Women of St. Stephen's

    Friend Sponsors:

    • Mr. & Mrs. Paul S. Biley, Jr.
    • Central Diesel Inc.
    • Carol Roper Hoffler
    • Custom Kitchens
    • Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners
    • Liz Hart Designs
    • Jen Ronga
    • Mike & Susan Gracik
    • Real Property Management: Richmond Metro
    • TCV Trust and Wealth Management

    Survivor Sponsors:

    • Kathy Pearson
    • Real Property Management: Richmond Metro
    • Tech Painting

    Media Sponsor: CBS6

Photos from the 2019 Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon

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

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