Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure

Thank you 

To every individual and organization that supported Celebrating Survivors Couture for a Cure 2019. It was a true celebration of strength, bravery, friendship, love, and inspiration. 

Survivor Models  

These amazing individuals bravely shared their stories of facing a cancer diagnosis and walk the Pink Carpet with strength and purpose:

Nancy Burke
Thomas Gass
BlakeLee Greene
Deb Hillard
Ashley Lowell
Kim Mack
Ann Messina
Nonie Olson
Christine Smith
Susan Smith
Arlene Tallberg 

And . . . !

We also know that a cancer caregiver comes in many forms - from the actual medical team to family, friends, co-workers. These wonderful people walked the Pink Carpet representing the important role of the support person/system: 

Gayle Calistro
Sandy Gass
Taylor Greene
Ilene Harnch-Grady
Betty Howland, RN
Rae Kukane
David Mack
Anya Malis & John Malis
Joan Sheehan
Liz Stratton, RN
Dr. Colleen Yavarow

Pink Carpet Fashions

Thanks to the support of local shops, our survivors and caregivers will be dressed in fabulous local fashions, from:

  • Amy Williams
  • Bennett and Company
  • Bobbles & Lace
  • Clay’s
  • The Color Mint
  • Edit Shoe & Style Lounge
  • The Elephant’s Trunk
  • Farley’s of Newburyport
  • J. McLaughlin
  • Meraki
  • Nauti Pearl
  • Pure Bliss
  • Smitten

Thank you to all who made the 2019 Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Brunch and Fashion Show a great success. The entire community help make this event a success, raising over $36,000 to support the Survivorship Programs at the Gerrish Breast Care Center and the Anna Jaques Cancer Center affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Emcee Sue Tabb of MAGIC 106.7, who is a breast cancer survivor herself, brought together more than 330 people to honor, celebrate, and cheer on survivors and people impacted by cancer - both those who strutted their stuff on the pink carpet, guests, and those we honor. 

Enjoy the video below which was featured at the event, following two different patients' cancer experiences - one who received all of their comprehensive cancer services locally at Anna Jaques, and another who benefited from coordinated care in Boston at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center when needed. Meet Nancy and Thomas....


Ways to Support: 

Looking to support Survivorship Programs at AJH? Click here


Thank you to our sponsors

Designer Sponsor


Runway Sponsor

Media Sponsor



Hair & Make-Up Provided by:


Large Table Sponsors

Anna Jaques Cancer Center affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Darling Consulting Group
Newburyport Bank
North of Boston Cancer Resource

Small Table Sponsors

Beach Plum Flower Shop / Pam Older Designs 
Pentucket Bank
RiverSong Plastic Surgery


Support Survivorship

Funds raised support survivorship programs available at the Gerrish Breast Care Center and Anna Jaques Cancer Center. Survivorship programs support patients as they manage life beyond cancer, including understanding the long-term effects of treatment, managing the risk of re-occurrence, and addressing the social, physical and psychological effects of survival.

2018 Photos

History of the Event

For almost a decade, Anna Jaques Hospital and the Institution for Savings have partnered to raise awareness and promote the prevention of breast cancer in our community. The Institutions’ support has ranged from partnering on community events to raise awareness - to supporting the purchase of 3D Mammography at AJH for our community.

Over the years our efforts for the event have been aimed at educating and advocating for women to schedule their annual mammogram. We have celebrated the survival of coworkers, neighbors and friends and offered cancer patients support on their personal journeys. In 2018, we decided to kick it up a notch and showcased local breast cancer survivors as featured models in a fashion show luncheon event titled Couture for a Cure. 

This year, we have changed the event from a mid-week luncheon to Sunday brunch so that families and friends can all gather in celebration of the strength, beauty and determination of survivorship.