Fund Raising Committee
This committee will focus on organizing and developing fund raising events throughout the coming year. The intent is to rasie awareness of this disease in all the fund raising events that we lend our name to and also to increase donations to the Foundation so that we will be able to meet our goals as established in our Mission Statemnt
Graduating from St. Johnâ€™s University, with a major in Sports Management and a double minor in Business and Law, Jennifer went on to work for United Sports Management, a company who owned and operated minor league sports teams. There she was Director of Business Affairs in which she was responsible for leading the business managers of each individual team. After several years there, her and her husband, Michael, decided to start a family and in 2001, they welcomed their first daughter on Christmas Day! Wanting to stay home with their child, Jennifer decided to start her own company to utilize her creativeness and formed elleon designs, llc. elleon designs donates all of the Foundationâ€™s invitations, announcements andÂ stationeryÂ Jenniferâ€™s dedication to the Foundation has stemmed from her fatherâ€™s survivorship of this dreaded disease. Jennifer currently resides in New Jersey with her husbandÂ 11 years and their 2 daughters.
I retired from the Vice Chairman and CEO position ofÂ Chiltington International a worldwide insurance and reinsurance consulting firm on December 31,2007. This culminated 46 years of serviceÂ in the Insurance and ReinsuranceÂ Industry. I was told in December of 1999 that I had a stage III esophageal cancer tumor and proceeded to have Chemotherapy Radiation therapy and Surgery andÂ since then I have been without evidence of this disease.Â As President of the Esophageal Cancer Education FoundationÂ my goal is to achieve ECEF’S Mission Statement
I have been married to Bart since October of 1963 and we have two daughters and seven grandchildren. We have taken on the challenge of this dreaded disease and as a team we have worked together to get through this disease. Being a caregiver is a challenge unto itself and we have journeyed through the years of recovery from Bartâ€™s initial diagnosis in December of 1999
Our goal is to help make the public become aware of this disease. In addition we have been available to respond to questions that patients pose as quality of life issues as their journey continues through this disease. I have co chaired our fund raising event Day at the Races. It has been the backbone of our fund raising efforts since our first event in 2003.
Karen Wagner resides in Garden City, New York. She is married with two children and one grandchild. She just recently retired as Accounting Manager for the Royale Group of companies. Karen is an esophageal cancer survivor and has decided to get involved in funding projects and has successfully raised funds for the Foundation through a St. Patrick Day Dance and is planning a Day at the Races for Belmont Park later this year.