Ellen Shapiro To Be Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Honoree

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is marking a quarter century of its signature fundraiser with a look back at the achievements of three long-time supporters.

The 25th annual Book of Hope Luncheon takes place Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The luncheon will honor Marlene Bluestein, Marcy Falcone and Ellen Shapiro, and will feature a fashion show from the collections of Neiman Marcus.

The three Women of Distinction honorees have all been personally affected by digestive diseases, and have worked throughout the years to raise awareness and funds toward finding a cure.

Wellington resident Ellen Shapiro’s involvement with Crohn’s Disease has been life-long. Her mother suffered from the debilitating digestive disease, and her son Kevin was diagnosed with it at age 9. During that time, she became involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Gold Coast Chapter and was the active president when it merged to become today’s CCFA Florida Chapter. She is not only past president of the chapter, but has been involved with the Book of Hope Luncheon during its entire 25 years, including as past chairman.

The other honorees, Marlene Bluestein and Marcy Falcone, are both longtime CCFA volunteers as well. The luncheon begins with a silent auction, followed by food and a fashion show.

Sponsors of the event are Apollojets and JELMAR. Tickets are $135 per person. To attend, or the become a sponsor, contact Jennifer Wieczorek by e-mail at jwieczorek@ccfa.org or by calling (561) 218-2929.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. More than 82 cents of every dollar the foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. For more information, call (800) 932-2423 or visit www.ccfa.org.

ABOVE: Ellen Shapiro