A Celebration of the Life of Bridget Slotemaker to Benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Thursday, March 21, 2013 – Sara Campbell, Wellesley

WELLESLEY – On Thursday night, March 21st, members of the Evening for Bridget charity organization will host the fifth annual shopping event to benefit the charity.  Local business, Sara Campbell, will host this girl’s night out shopping event offering all event attendees a percent off of purchases with a percent matched and donated to the upcoming event which supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.   In addition to looking at the latest spring styles, local wine business, Nine East Wine Emporium, will be supporting the event with fabulous new wines to taste and toast. Nine East Wine Emporium has been the donor of all beer and wine to this event since inception.  Both Nine East Wine Emporium and Sara Campbell were initial sponsors of the event and continue to provide tremendous support.  There has been a tremendous amount of local support for this event over the last five years.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 – The Boston Harbor Hotel

The fifth annual An Evening for Bridget will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at The Boston Harbor Hotel. Co-founded by two Wellesley friends and the family of the late Bridget (Bomberger) Slotemaker, An Evening for Bridget will celebrate the life of this Massachusetts native and Boston College graduate, and raise funds for the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer, Dr. Ann Partridge’s highly acclaimed breast cancer program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Since inception, this event has raised and donated over $310,000 to Dana-Farber to support all of the “Young and Strong” women like Bridget who are bravely fighting cancer.

Slotemaker was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in May 2008 while pregnant with her second child.  Her treatment was painful and exhausting, but because of her strength and determination, Bridget was able to deliver her second baby prematurely.  Her little girl, Chloe Faith, weighed only 1 lb 2 oz at birth.  While Chloe was able to overcome her own serious challenges after being born prematurely, her mother unfortunately lost her battle. Slotemaker succumbed to the disease just three months and five days after receiving her diagnosis.  She was only 35 years old. She is survived by her parents, Karen and Ron Bomberger, her brother Adam Bomberger, her husband Steve, and her daughters, Grace, 7 years old and Chloe, 4 ½ years old.

An Evening for Bridget will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and plenty of dancing (Slotemaker was a dancer herself, having performed on the Golden Eagle Dance Team at Boston College, and later with the Boston-based dance troupe Rainbow Tribe). Currently scheduled as the evening emcee is local Wellesley-based, WCVB-TV/DT Channel 5 reporter and breast cancer survivor, Kelley Tuthill.

Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.evening4bridget.org.  Current sponsors include; Alex & Ani, PwC, KPMG, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Staples, Gencorp, Nine East Wine Emporium and Sara Campbell.