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Join us for our HDF Auction

Please join us for our HDF Auction at Belk Department Store-Hamilton Place on February 20, 2009! We have moved our auction to Belk and are excited about what that means for you the consumer. We will have a representative from the Fund at the store on February 16-19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. During these times you can register early and go ahead and start bidding on items you might want to win! On Friday night, February 20, we will have final bidding and party from 6-9 p.m. Come join the fun and bid on some great items. This year we have a trip to Cape Cod, a trip to a hunting cabin in Dunaway, Oakley Sunglasses, several fragrance baskets, Lasik Surgery, Changes packages, Botox, Juvederm, Zoo memberships, Braves tickets and MUCH MORE!!! Please come support a great cause and get great items at the same time!


The Helene DiStefano Fund was established in July, 2001 by Dr. Deborah DiStefano, a distinquished ophthalmologist in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to honor the memory of her mother Helene DiStefano who died in May of 2000. Helene DiStefano was a loving mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to creating a loving and nurturing environment for her children and grandchildren. She believed children should be surrounded by love and laughter and that particular care should be given to children who are forced to endure especially difficult circumstances growing up.

Families are devastated by Breast Cancer. Many moms must quit their jobs due to this illness.In addition to the loss of the mother’s income, family finances may be jeopardized again when the father has to take a leave of absence to care for the mom and the children. These financially devastating results are an added blow to what is an already extremely stressful time for the families, especially for her children.

This puts these families in an extreme financial crisis which often leads to inadequate funds for mortgages, food and clothing - i.e. the basic necessities of life. This could force the mom to continue to work despite her need to recuperate and fully heal. She also needs quality time to continue to nurture her children. What better way to heal than to be with family and continue the nurturing of her children.

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Board of Directors
Deborah R. DiStefano, M.D.
William Bowman
Kristy Bowman
Susan Danner
Cindy Sexton
Deanna Duncan, M.D.
Lisa Cook
Karla McKamey
Keith Sanford
Pam Olson
Lori Baldridge
Jan Lively
Cindy Nipp
Barbara Murnan
Andy Morrow
James Howard
Cecil Hammontree
Mark Hackett
Chris Turley
Ralph Ray
Kathy Gardenhire
Rachel Houghton