Moffitt Merit Society Welcomes Sarasota Women to First Membership Luncheon

April 06, 2010

Tampa, FL – The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation launched its women in philanthropy group in Sarasota March 25 by hosting a membership luncheon at the Ritz Carlton.

Eileen Curd, a member of the Moffitt Foundation Board of Directors, welcomed 25 women to learn about the Moffitt Merit Society and its support of women’s cancer research, patient care and education. Among the guests were Graci McGillicuddy, Claudia Porter, Charlene Wolff, Gordie White and Mary Forté, who are all members of the Moffitt Merit Society through their philanthropic support.

Membership in the society benefits the female scientists and physicians at Moffitt along with its Center for Women’s Oncology and educational program for college-age women studying science and medicine.  

The luncheon featured one of Moffitt’s leading doctors, Sarah Rausch, Ph.D., who heads the Integrative Medicine Program. She captivated the audience with the important role that acupuncture, massage, Tai Chi and other complementary therapies have on cancer patients, noting their beneficial outcomes to manage pain, fatigue and other cancer-related issues.

For more information about the Moffitt Merit Society, call Jim Deering in the Moffitt Foundation at 1-800-456-3434, Ext. 1403, or visit

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.