Dedicated Supporters Raise Money for SHARE

The first weekend in June was a big one for SHARE. On Saturday, June 4, over 100 ladies gathered for a tea party to learn about breast cancer. On Sunday, the community came together to run 5 kilometers to raise awareness about the disease. Both events supported SHARE.


Sandra Ramsey-Shillinford was the host of the second biennial Ladies' Tea, held in her back yard on Long Island, where she set up ten tables with elaborate place settings, each featuring a different set of china. Heather Buccello, Registered Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health, spoke about breast cancer to the group, and SHARE Ambassador Gwen Harrison told the attendees about SHARE's services. Stephenetha Whitely-Hutton donated tea for the sold-out event, and Marcus Malchijah, Hat Milliner, donated hats for the ladies to wear.

"It all started with four girlfriends buying tea sets in Home Goods in summer 2013," said Sandra. "We didn't know what we were going to do with them, so we decided to have a tea party."


They held their first Ladies' Tea in 2014, deciding then to donate to SHARE. Sandra's friend Carvel, also involved in the planning, had met a SHARE representative at a cancer walk and learned about the organization. Her sister had breast cancer, and she liked what she heard about SHARE.

"We felt SHARE could really benefit from the support," Sandra said, which is why she decided to donate to SHARE again in 2016.

On Sunday, June 4, National Cancer Survivor's Day, Tricia Singh held the 4th Annual We Run for Hope 5K in Astoria Park, Queens. Tricia started the event to promote healthy living and to honor her mother, who is living with metastatic breast cancer. Every year, proceeds go to SHARE.

"My mother has endured surgeries, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation," said Singh. "My hope is that this race will raise funds to help support SHARE's work to provide empowerment, education and advocacy to bring about better health care, an improved quality of life, and a cure for these diseases."

SHARE Ambassador Rita Fortune was recognized at We Run for Hope for her work to educate African-American communities about breast and ovarian cancer. Rita was joined at the event by her sister, Rose John, and by Gwen Harrison. The three worked to educate participants about SHARE's important mission.

If you would like more information about holding an event to benefit SHARE, please contact Leah Cooper, SHARE's Development Director, at 212-937-5584 or

Photo credit for tea party photos: Roger Archer, Phaats Photos


Beth Kling

Beth Kling is the former Communications Director at SHARE.