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  • DFLC check presentationDFLC leadership presents a check at the 2015 Winter Gathering: Victor Chiang (Golf co-chair), J.W. Craig (Annual Giving co-chair), Jeff Beale (Council co-chair), Deb Drapalla (Council co-chair), Andy Fay (former Outreach co-chair) and Ian McLeod (Walk co-chair)

    Dana-Farber Leadership Council

    The Dana-Farber Leadership Council (DFLC) is a new generation of business and community leaders whose mission is to advance Dana-Farber's lifesaving work in research and patient care through financial support, advocacy, and leadership.

    Founded in 1999, the Leadership Council currently raises money in support of the Dana-Farber Leadership Council Annual Fund, used to support cancer research and patient care.

    Make a gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Leadership Council


    Message from the Co-chairs

    The Dana-Farber Leadership Council is the most important and fulfilling philanthropy in which we are involved. Many of us have been touched by cancer in some way, be it through a personal experience, with a family member, a colleague or a friend.

    The work we do through the Leadership Council directly helps the fight against cancer by raising money for and increasing awareness of the lifesaving work going on at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    The Council offers unprecedented access to some of the world's leading doctors and researchers, provides an incredible forum for learning about strides being made against cancer, and brings together a superb group of professionals throughout the Greater Boston business community.

    Currently, the Dana-Farber Leadership Council has more than 120 members who represent a variety of business and personal resources throughout the Boston area.

    We are passionate about the Leadership Council and Dana-Farber. We are more than happy to talk to you about the Council and why we are involved. Please contact us with any questions.

    Jeff Beale and Deb Drapalla
    Co-chairs, Dana-Farber Leadership Council

    Role of members

    It is the responsibility of Leadership Council members to:

    Make an annual gift of $250 or more

    • The suggested annual gift is $1,000 or more
    • A gift of $1,500 qualifies you for membership in Dana-Farber’s President’s Circle
    • A gift of $2,500 qualifies you to be listed in Dana-Farber’s Honor Roll of Donors

    Attend at least one quarterly meeting or event per calendar year.

    Spread awareness of the mission and work of Dana-Farber. The following are potential outlets:

    • Participate in Dana-Farber fundraising events (attend, organize, or volunteer)
    • Identify and cultivate prospective Council members through personal and/or professional networks
    • Serve on a Council committee (Annual Giving, Golf, Outreach, Jimmy Fund Events, Walk)
    • Host a Council or committee meeting at your corporate location

    Sign up for the Leadership Council

    Contact us

    Contact: Rebecca Gavin
    Phone: 617-632-3491

    Council Committees

    dflc-round-robin.jpgThe Eaton Vance Rooftop Reception features Dana-Farber physician-scientists

    The Dana-Farber Leadership Council is led by Co-chairs Jeff Beale and Deb Drapalla. All members of the DFLC are encouraged to join one of our five committees. In addition to providing a way to get more deeply involved with the Leadership Council and Dana-Farber, these committees are an opportunity to get to know other Council members.

    Council Co-chairs

    Jeff Beale
    Deb Drapalla

     Annual Giving Committee

    Brian Taranto with the Eaton Vance foursomeGolf Co-Chair Brian Taranto with the Eaton Vance foursome

    Chairs: Larry Fahey and J.W. Craig

    Chaired by Larry Fahey and J.W. Craig, the Leadership Council Annual Giving Committee is devoted to increasing annual support for Dana-Farber and to developing the next generation of philanthropists. Its mission is to advance Dana-Farber’s lifesaving work in research and patient care through financial support.

    All Leadership Council members are required to make a gift to the Leadership Council Annual Fund. This fund supports initiatives and programs designated as a priority by Dana-Farber President & CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. These critical funds make an enormous impact in the lives of Dana-Farber’s patients and families. The suggested contribution amount is $1,000, and a gift of $1,500 or more qualifies you for the President’s Circle, Dana-Farber’s leadership giving society. One hundred percent Leadership Council participation will allow us to reach, and hopefully exceed, our 2016 Annual Giving goal.

    The Committee develops solicitation strategies and Annual Fund appeals, hosts fundraising and social events, and collaborates with Dana-Farber’s Development staff to create targeted direct mail and email campaigns.

    For more information

    Contact: Michela Mesa
    Phone: 617-582-7491

    Golf Committee

    Victor Chiang and Brian TarantoGolf Co-Chairs Victor Chiang and Brian Taranto

    Chairs: Victor Chiang and Brian Taranto

    Annual DFLC Golf Tournament
    Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy, Mass.

    The DFLC Golf Tournament continues to grow and raised a record-high of $142,000 in 2015. Held on June 17 at Granite Links Golf Club, guests enjoyed a great day of golf, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a physician speaker. The tournament has raised more than $800,000 cumulatively for Dana-Farber since 2004. New sponsors and committee members are always welcomed.

    Learn more at our website Dana-Farber Leadership Council Golf Tournament

    For more information or to volunteer

    Contact: Katie McGuirk
    Phone: 617-632-6603

    Outreach Committee

    Chairs: Bethany Grazio and Steve Noyes

    The Outreach Committee is responsible for council-wide communication, membership strength, and membership growth.

    The Outreach Committee is comprised of the following three sub-committees:


    • Oversees new member communication and introductions
    • Develops organizational materials, documents, and Web content
    • Provides comprehensive and frequent membership communications about Council events and news


    • Fosters member enthusiasm for the Council and Dana-Farber
    • Maintains contact with the members


    • Identifies and reaches out to prospective members
    • Welcomes new members
    • Facilitates recruitment initiated by other Council members
    For more information or to volunteer

    Contact: Rebecca Gavin
    Phone: 617-632-3491

    Jimmy Fund Events Committee

    Amy Sullivan and Scott CarmelJimmy Fund Events Co-Chairs Amy Sullivan and Scott Carmel

    Co-Chairs: Scott Carmel and Amy Sullivan

    The Jimmy Fund Events Committee is dedicated to offering DFLC members opportunities to become engaged with different events benefitting Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. This committee develops tactics to create occasions for those looking to give back through attending events, volunteering on committees, or holding their own third-party events.

    From the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® to galas and parties, this committee helps align individuals’ interests with fundraising efforts for Dana-Farber.

    Want to join the Jimmy Fund Events Committee?

    For more information

    Contact: Casey Pereira
    Phone: 617-632-3863

    Walk Committee

    Chairs: Rachel Pearson and Ian McLeod


    The Walk Committee is charged with developing and directing DFLC’s participation in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. The Committee is always looking for new members! Whether you are a current Walk participant, Walk volunteer, or simply an interested Council member, we encourage you to join us to help strategize ways for the DFLC community to have an even bigger impact on Dana-Farber’s premiere fundraising event.

    The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the Jimmy Fund’s largest event, comprised of more than 8,800 participants in 2014. The Walk has raised over $100 million since its inception in 1989 and it is the only event, other than the Boston Marathon® itself, sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association and authorized to travel along the famed 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston.

    Are you interested in joining fellow Council members on the DFLC Walk Team, starting your own Walk team, or volunteering at the Walk?

    Visit the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk Page

    Want to join the Walk Committee?

    For more information or to volunteer

    Contact: Jenny Mullin
    Phone: 617-582-7427

    Milestones and Information


    Membership Overview/Milestones


    2015 E-Newsletters

    Summer 2015

    Winter 2015

    2014 E-Newsletters

    Summer 2014

    Winter 2014

    2013 E-Newsletters

    December 2013

    February 2013

    2012 E-Newsletters

    August 2012

    February 2012

    2011 E-Newsletters

    August 2011

    Winter 2011

    2010 E-Newsletters

    July 2010

    February 2010

    2009 E-Newsletter

    June 2009

    2008 E-Newsletters

    December 2008

    June 2008

    March 2008

    2007 E-Newsletters

    September 2007

    August 2007 

    March 2007

    Winter 2007

    2005 E-Newsletters

    Fall 2005

    Winter 2005


    Leadership Council's Kinase Project Report

    Member Spotlight

    Jeff Brody

    Jeff BrodyJeff Brody

    Place of birth: New York City

    I attended (University/College): Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS), Boston University (MS)

    Currently reside in: Medfield, MA

    Workplace & Title: Eaton Vance Management, Vice President, Director of Infrastructure Services

    Favorite Boston restaurant: I enjoy everything! My wife and daughter love the Grotto & L’Espalier. Sweet Basil is great in the burbs.

    If I am not working I am most likely: With family, fixing and building things, reading, watching the Red Sox and Patriots

    I joined DFLC because: I have experienced the tragedy of cancer in family and wish to help in any way I can to prevent or help those afflicted with cancer.

    For more information:

    Contact: Rebecca Gavin
    Phone: 617-632-3491

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