– As plans get underway for the 2010 “Time is of the
Essence” luncheon, Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper (H.O.W.)
is proud to announce Helene Austin and Paula Cook as chairs
for the event.
is a life long resident and native with many community
interests and family ties to the area. Her first involvement
was helping families
with premature children, which led to
becoming an advocate for Pediatrics and latter as a Board
Member at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was a Co-Chair of
Barefoot on the Beach supporting St. Mary’s Hospital.
She has been actively involved in numerous charitable
endeavors including Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure for
the last seven years. She is the current Chairperson of Kid
Sanctuary Campus, Inc. and has assisted numerous charities
and educational institutions including
Palm Beach Atlantic
Universities’ Women of Distinction, Palm Beach Day School, Rosarian Academy and the Palm Beach County Historical
a philanthropist and Palm Beach resident, is proud to serve
co-chair of the annual event. “Time truly is of the
essence in creating awareness for this often silent killer,”
said Cook. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Carolyn Runowicz as
this year’s speaker. Our goal is to reach as many women as
possible and share the signs of early detection and learn
how we can hopefully one day beat ovarian cancer.”
has chaired numerous events over the years including the
underwriting campaign for Rosarian Academy’s Rose Ball, the
Norton Museum of Art’s Bal des Arts with her husband Mark
Cook and the Annual Dinner Dance for the Community
Foundation of Palm & Martin County. She is also an active
member of the Hospice Foundation Board and served as
president for the past three years.
and Austin welcome Patricia Cook, Paula’s mother-in-law as
Honorary Chair. Patricia Cook’s own charitable efforts are
numerous and they are thrilled to have her as a part of this
luncheon, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. on January 25,
2010 at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, will feature
Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director of the University of
Connecticut Health Center and the Carole and Ray Neag
Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Northeast
Utilities Chair in Experimental Oncology and is professor of
Obstetrics & Gynecology at the UConn School of Medicine.
Ticket price is $325 and a Junior Ticket is $125 for those
40 and under. Major sponsor is Wilmington Trust. For
more information or tickets, please contact Jennifer McGrath
at 561-837-2285 or 561-262-6343.
January 2002, with the help of Palm Healthcare Foundation,
Jacquie Liggett founded H.O.W. (Hearing Ovarian Cancer
Whisper) to encourage awareness. Each year H.O.W.
raises money to support research in ovarian cancer by
funding the Jacquie Liggett Fellowship. In addition, women
with ovarian cancer experiencing great financial need are
helped through the Jacquie Liggett Angel Fund. H.O.W is
dedicated to promoting awareness of this disease by
presenting educational programs about ovarian cancer to
women in Palm Beach County. For
more information on H.O.W. please call Palm Healthcare
Foundation, Inc. at 561- 833-6333.