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Elizabeth Kane is the President of CharityChicks US, the philanthropic connector for young professionals comprised of young socials, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in Washington, DC. She was named one of DC’s Most Dynamic Women by DC Magazine, and her organization has been featured in Capitol File, The Georgetowner, The Washington Post, NBC, and multiple philanthropy blogs. She is one of DC’s most notable young philanthropists, and devotes her time to working with non-profit leadership to engage the future generation of donors, and help connect them to corporations that will support their mission. She established CharityChicks US as a top fundraiser for rare cancer research, most recently for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, she serves as the Chair of the Arts and Education initiatives for CharityChicks US, and Ambassador for The Washington Literacy Center. Elizabeth received her BBA from the George Washington University School of Business. She is an Interior Decorator for The Kellogg Collection, and is pursuing a Masters in Historical Preservation.

Recap: 20th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta

(Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Last Saturday, we set sail with some of the most caring and compassionate sailors in our nation’s capitol at the 20th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, chaired by Gary Jobson since 1994. The event commenced with a warm greeting from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Marketing Campaign Specialist Stacey Matusko who led us to a special spectator cruise on the Potomac Belle.

The Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, VA was buzzing with excitement, and we could not have had more perfect weather – blue skies for days. On the cruise, we had the pleasure of speaking with veteran fundraiser Deb Butel of Team Pixie Dust. This was her fifth year participating, and she has raised almost $10,000 this year for LLS in honor of her good friend who recently passed away from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We also spoke with Ella Gorodetski and her 9-year-old daughter, Avi Gorodetski, of Team Infinity, led by her husband, David Gorodetski (co-Founder and COO of SAGE Communications). The Gorodetski’s became involved with The Regatta after Avi participated in the Jr. Regatta this year, and they are all looking forward to next year! Just before leaving the event, we were given a lavishly decorated and bejeweled flag by little skippers from the Jr. Regatta; a treasure we will proudly display at Ask Miss A.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) National Capital Area is making significant strides in funding research toward cures for blood cancers in order to help improve the lives of both patients and their families. In 2013, the National Capital Area chapter raised nearly $13.2 million and dedicated this year’s regatta to honorary skippers, Reagan Sims and Ali Trotta, who were both diagnosed with blood cancer (chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphocytic leukemia, respectively). They were honored for their personal bravery and enthusiastic support of LLS.

LLS also hosted a Jr. Regatta in August, which raised over $5,000 and allowed Skipper Ali to create the artwork used on this year’s regatta t-shirts (pictured on Avi Gorodetski). If you are interested in supporting the LLS National Capital Area chapter, then visit their website for upcoming events. Their next event, Light The Night will take place in Washington, D.C. on October 19.

(Elizabeth Kane & Stacey Matusko Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Elizabeth Kane & Stacey Matusko (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Avi Gorodetski Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Avi Gorodetski (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Deb Butel, Avi Gorodetski, Ella Gorodetski Phot Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Deb Butel, Avi Gorodetski, Ella Gorodetski (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

(Elizabeth Kane Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

Elizabeth Kane (Photo Credit: Matthew T. Christiansen)

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