Awards, Milestones, Conferences


The work of My Hope Chest’s and its founder Alisa Savoretti has been recognized many times with awards and media coverage.

A summary of recent recognition includes:

Locally MHC was featured on the cover of the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune’s October breast cancer issue. The charity has been recognized on many news stories on News10, ACTION News, FOX and others.  Radio spots in 2014 include WFLA and CBS as well as several blog talk radio forums.

National press includes, “O” Oprah Magazine, Fitness Magazine and as Reader’s Digest, one of the “Nine Names to Know in Breast Cancer” a HUGE national honor.

Local Awards for Alisa include the 2012 Lightning Community Hero and Bay News 9 Everyday Hero, twice.  Alisa was a 3 time finalist in 2010-12 for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Woman of the Year.  She was the winner in 2013 of WEDU’s Be More Philanthropic (as was MHC’s surgeon in St. Petersburg, Dr. Antonio Gayoso.) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers honored the organization for Pink NFL Monday Night Football and MHC is currently, one of the charity beneficiaries for Hands Across the Bay’s “Tampa Bay’s ~ Dancing With the Stars” Oct. 3rd Event.  Great local support has come from Ed Morse Automotive and partners like The Vinoy Hotel and Clearwater Beach Hyatt.  National corporate support includes commercial co-venture campaigns with Warner’s Olga Bra and theThe Genie Bra, sold in 1800 Walmart stores.  Dunkin Donuts and this year again in 2015, 2 Brighton Collectible stores will support MHC’s October “Hope Floats for My Hope Chest” fundraising campaign.

August 2012 – Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Business Woman of the Year Award Finalist in the Non-Profit category

Finalist October 2011 – The NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers honors  My Hope Chest during breast cancer awareness month and  “Pink” Monday Night Football

Sept. 2011 – Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2011Best Thanks for the Mammories

July 2011 – Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2011 Business Woman of the Year Award Finalist in the Non-Profit category

March 2011International Women’s Day Outstanding Service Award, 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, hosted by The Women’s Information Network (The WIN).

October 2010 -Moxy Woman-

July 2010 – Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Business Woman of the Year Award Finalist in the Non-Profit category

November 2009 – “Everyday Hero”, Bay News 9 Tampa, Florida

November 2008 – “Local Hero”, Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, Las Vegas

November 2006 – Governor’s Points of Light Award nominee, Americorps Nevada, Community Service Individual


August 2015- Hands Across the Bay selects MHC as beneficiary of TB’s Dancing with the Stars event

May 2015- FrankCrum Staffing hosts Cino De Mayo Fiesta to benefit MHC

November 2014- My Hope Chest launches the “Butterfly gloWalk, 5K Fun Run and PaRty!

October 2014- Ed Morse Automotive, Westcoast Florida Dealerships partner with their “Drive for Hope” campaign during October

May 2014-Warner’s Olga Bra joins with MHC for 2nd co-venture partnership with the “Butterfly Effect” bra.

October 2013- Ed Morse Cadillac, Tampa dealership partner with their “Drive for Hope” campaign during October

February 2013-  Tristar Products, The Genie Bra partners for commercial co-venture campaign in nationwide Wal-Mart stores during breast cancer ACTION month.

October 2012- Warner’s Olga Bra joins with MHC with $25,000 co-venture partnership.

July 2011– Bright House Media agrees to sponsor 2 major events with 600 30-second commercials, Hope Floats in Sept and TEE for TWO in Oct

June 2011– First Florida patient has surgery with Dr. Antonio Gayoso

June 2011- The International Academy of Design and Technology honors My Hope Chest fro the 2nd year as their charity for their 26th annual “Imagine” fashion show.

May 2010- Brenda Wiley is first patient to receive her surgery in New Orleans at The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

March 2010- The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery hospital in New Orleans partners with My Hope Chest

March 2010- Chosen as first recipient of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce “Community Project”

November 2009 – Director of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Antonio Gayoso of St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, partners with MHC for reconstruction program.

May 2009 – Moved Headquarters to Tampa Bay, Florida

April 2009- Vitality, benefit show by Cirque du Soleil artists, Las Vegas

February 2008- Kazickas Family Foundation  makes Donation to provide one surgery for an MHC patient.

April 2007- Introduced new fundraiser “It’s Our Party” with comedian Rita Rudner.

February 2005- First patient, Suzie Davis receives reconstruction in Las Vegas with Dr. William Zamboni]

July 2004- My Hope Chest introduces new charity to Las Vegas community at Hooter’s kick off! CBS, NBC and ABC news teams cover the story.

December 2003- My Hope Chest receives its 501c3 non-profit status six weeks after applying.



March 2012 and 2013- Exhibitor – National Consortium of Breast Centers, Las Vegas.

October 2011- Hillsborough Breast and Cervical Cancer

August 2011- Women’s Expo, Dunedin Florida

March 2011- Exhibit at the National Consortium of Breast Centers in Las Vegas

August 2010- Speaker at FIME International Medical Expo – Miami

March 2010- Women’s Expo- St. Petersburg

February 2010 – Exhibitor at 10th Annual Young Survival Coalition Conference, Atlanta, GA

February 2009 -Living Beyond Breast Cancer/ Young Survival Coalition Conference, Dallas, TX- Exhibitor

February 2008 -Living Beyond Breast Cancer/ Young Survival Coalition Conference, Jacksonville, FL- Exhibitor

March 2007 -Living Beyond Breast Cancer/ Young Survival Coalition Conference, Washington, DC- Exhibitor

June 2006 -National Consortium of Breast Centers, Las Vegas- Exhibitor

March 2006 – Charity recipient- “Women of Distinction Award”- Rio Hotel. Donations of $5,000 from NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) and $5,000 from Harrah’s Hotels Inc were raised from the event.

March 2006 -Living Beyond Breast Cancer/ Young Survival Coalition Conference, Denver, CO – Exhibitor- Story in Denver Press

2006 Women’s Chamber of Conference– Exhibitor Non-Profit Mini Fair

2005 Women’s Chamber of Conference– Exhibitor Non-Profit Mini Fair

2004 World of Women– Circus Circus Hotel Las Vegas- Exhibitor