SUPER SPONSOR ~ Ed Morse Automotive

Ed Morse Automotive West-coast Automotive Dealerships celebrated a milestone… their 5th Anniversary of Drive for Hope campaign that supports My Hope Chest’s breast reconstruction program. Since the Drive for Hope campaign began in 2013, Ed Morse Automotive West coast Dealerships sales have worked diligently each October giving a portion of every car sold to the charity. “The Ed Morse Automotive family has been an amazing partner to My Hope Chest in Tampa Bay all these years and we are eternally grateful.  We count on their contribution each year to continue our mission helping fund surgeries locally and nationally,” said Founder Alisa Savoretti.  The 2017 campaign raised $23,250 taking the company’s 5-year donation for My Hope Chest over $100,000 and directly changing lives!  We thank you and We LOVE Ed Morse Automotive Group 
Drive for Hope Alisa and Teddy Morse

Drive for Hope Alisa and Teddy Morse

2017 Drive for Hope Alisa and Teddy Morse 2

2017 Drive for Hope Alisa and Teddy Morse

“Butterfly Transformation” for Makesha with Dr. Gayoso in St. Petersburg, FL

Surgery Day Transforms Makesha

One more off the Wait List for My Hope Chest ~ New Beginnings!

Makesha and Dr. Gayoso Sept 2015

Dr. Antonio Gayoso and his butterfly in waiting!

Makesha’s testimonial…. The day before her surgery!!

We asked Makesh… “How do you feel today?”

Her Reply

“Oh My God…I me excited nervous at the same… I dreamed of this day ever since they took my breast away.  I’ve never been able to afford it.  You guys were my DREAM come true–you are my Angels!  You and Doctor Gayoso are changing my life right now! Before this surgery I had low self esteem… I didn’t feel complete… you guys are making me complete.   

Thank you thank you!!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Oprah Honors My Hope Chest Founder

Why does Oprah Like My Hope Chest?

There is BIG NEWS at the My Hope Chest camp!

Things are moving UP for My Hope Chest in a very big way.  In the October, 2012, issue of “O” The Oprah Magazine, My Hope Chest Founder, Alisa Savoretti is honored in their “Breast Cancer Heroes” section … Read below for yourself!


Breast Cancer Heroes

Meet three spectacular women who are making a difference in ways as unique as they are.
By: Dana Hudepohl and Sushma Subramanian

Alisa Savoretti

Seminole, Florida

When Savoretti found a lump in her breast in 2001, she was 38 and uninsured. After Medicaid turned her down, a social services program helped her pay for a mastectomy and chemotherapy, but not reconstructive surgery. Desperate for insurance and money to pay her mounting bills, Savoretti returned to her former career as a professional dancer in Las Vegas, billing herself as the Lopsided Showgirl to raise awareness of her plight. “It helped—a lot—to have a sense of humor,” she says. “When I finally got my reconstruction, I named my girls Zsa Zsa and Eva.”

In 2003 Savoretti founded a nonprofit called My Hope Chest, to assist other patients in paying for reconstructive surgery, a procedure that can cost more than $50,000. While struggling to get her organization off the ground, she made ends meet by working a series of jobs (nanny, deli clerk, gardener); during her breaks she worked the phones to organize fund-raisers and set up pro bono operations. Nine years later, My Hope Chest has transformed the lives of nine breast cancer survivors, and five more surgeries are scheduled for this year. “We’ve served only a handful of patients to date,” says Scott Sullivan, MD, a volunteer surgeon, “but each one has gained a new sense of hope.”

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Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day! Oct 17th!

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day!

Bringing Hope to Life for  Survivors and My Hope Chest

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has declared a day at last to bring light to breast reconstruction, the need for presenting options to newly diagnosed.

The awareness of this day, for MY Hope Chest, the ONLY national organization dedicated to providing breast reconstruction surgery to uninsured and under insured survivors, means that at last, our mission has a VOICE and hopefully, via the granting program of the ASPS Foundation, the charity can receive grant money.  Historically, organizations like Susan G. Komen and American Cancer Society do not allocate dollars to breast reconstruction, focusing on awareness, education and research for the disease. As a result of this funding blockade where most dollars are donated each year,  My Hope Chest has not been able to secure dollars to keep up with the need yet and applications coming to us weekly, mostly referred by these organizations.  (In the most heavily funded cause in America, we might add.)

My Hope Chest calls October Breast Cancer Action month and believes now is the time to put our money and attention in the area where dollars make a definitive deference.

This new day,, offers MHC “HOPE”…. we will have another funding resource to server our wait list of women nationally and in addition to recruiting more surgeons within the ASPS to partner with us and facilitate this mission.  Breast reconstruction is the “Final step of breast cancer treatment” for those who desire, and is covered by insurance.

To be clear…

My Hope Chest helps uninsured survivors and now even corporate America is coming to us with the need to meet their “co-pays.”  We proudly support BraDayUSA and encourage you and yours to host a “Hope Floats” event on our behalf next year!

Contact us for more details today.

Hope Floats… for Breast Reconstruction Awarness

In recognition of the 1st ever Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day,

Wednesday October 17th

Details to come….SAVE THE DATE!


My Hope Chest sends two Survivors to Receive Breast Reconstruction

Always a happy day when My Hope Chest sends a women for surgery.  It was an exceptionally happy week for our grassroots organization when Laurie Gilsdorf of Florida and Ellen Garber of New Mexico both started their reconstruction process the same week.

My Hope Chest is proud to work  with Doctor of Distinction, Dr. Antonio Gayoso of Gayoso Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg and the surgical team of doctors in New Orleans at The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery to facilitate these dreams come true.

Your continued support enables My Hope Chest to continue its mission as the payment facilitator for breast reconstruction surgeries for uninsured and under insured survivors.

Bands for Boobies II ~ Oct. 15, 2011


Time: Saturday, October 15 · 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Crabby Bill’s, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Rocky Point, FL

Spend an AWESOME DAY listening to great local musicians and supporting our fabulous cause.

Hosted by our Favorite MHC supporter and emcee Sabrina Vizzari

WHAT: A full spectrum of amazing Musical Guests from jazz to rock!!
WHEN: Saturday Oct 15th 2-8:30PM
WHY: Supporting My Hope Chest and breast reconstruction for “uninsured” breast cancer survivors
COST: $15 Donation at the Door (portion of proceeds for the charity)
Great Raffles prizes – Over $3,500.00 in prizes – and 50/50 to win some cash!

Insurance covers breast reconstruction… My Hope Chest efforts focus on the total healing of body, mind and dignity of the UNINSURED breast cancer survivor.

THE SHOW: An AMAZING Line up this year with a full spectrum of music catering to the tastes of every generation!!!

• Lisa Casalino 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Originally from Long Island, NY, Lisa Casalino has been performing in Central FL since 1998. Based in Tampa, FL, she’s one of the most sought-after singers here. With musical talent so versatile, gorgeous looks, and a lively spirit to boot –it’s a given you’ll find her performing at the finest attractions in the Bay area … and beyond.

• Daniel B. Marshall Band 3 – 3:40 pm
Daniel B. Marshall, a refreshing artist hailing from Tampa, FL, is the face of what music is and always will be. He’s a singer who writes his own songs, plays multiple instruments, is in need of zero studio gimmicks or computer tricks to make his music interesting, and performs as often and fervently as possible. He has toured the world as a guitar player (Nick Carter, Ashley Gearing), recorded with top-notch producers (Danny Rader, Shelly Yakus), and performed on television and radio stations across the country in addition to playing over 260 shows each year. Drawing from the folk, rock, and country acts from his mother’s vinyl collection such as James Taylor, CCR, and Bill Withers, his own brand of music reflects a deep love of carefully crafted lyrics and melody. Daniel B. is the kind of musician that proves what we all know: if you dream big and work passionately, you will have success and reach the top.

• 3:41 pm – 3:55 pm (15 minutes) Zumba gals music demonstration

• Shakemode 3:56 pm – 4:35 pm
SHAKEMODE plays contemporary and classic hits with their own indie pop swag. With a wide variety ranging from classics, to radio hits, to club bangers, SHAKEMODE is bringing the heat to Florida’s entertainment scene. See what the Tampa Bay Times calls “A cut above much of the beach rock you might expect to find…” .

• poundSalt 4:51 pm – 5:30 pm
poundSalt is a Hard Funk band quickly solidifying itself as one of the premiere live acts around with their high octane shows. Download their first single “WINDOW” on any major digital site through Rising Sun Music.

• Hope Darling 5:46 pm – 6:20 pm
Hope Darling is an alternative/modern rock band based in the Tampa Bay area. Named after a dearly departed friend, Hope Darling is a band comprised of friends and family brought together by their shared love of music. With musical tastes and backgrounds ranging from classical to blues to rock to reggae and hip-hop, Hope Darling combines the very best of alternative and modern rock while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and drive.

• LX 6:36 pm – 7:15 pm
LX is no stranger to the music scene having started his musical career at the tender age of 7 years old, touring throughout the southeast region with his siblings. LX has a growing following world-wide because of his energizing, soulful and entertaining performances.
LX’s polished lyrical styling and dynamic energy transcends multiple ethnicities and ages everywhere he performs. LX, as lead vocalist for his brothers group, A7, won the hearts of thousands across the country with the single, “Don’t Walk Away,” which earn the band 29 Consecutive weeks on Billboard Charts top 20, top 10 on R&R, and top 30 Media Guide Charts. LX says, “This was an exciting time for me, because my voice was on the radio, a song I wrote along with my brother, Zo and good buddy, John – this was something we’ve always wanted to hear – it was an amazing time for all of us.” LX did not only hear his voice on the radio, but saw his interviews being covered in major press, such as Ebony and others.

• Resinated 7:30 pm – 8:10 pm
Resinated is an up and coming, hardworking five piece Rock/Reggae outfit that consists of harmonic melodies drawn together through brass and string instruments. Resinated has been together for less than a year and has proven that they are worthy for any stage in any town! Kenny Mullins (vocals, composer and guitarist) created Resinated to be a “Unity” of art, music, and water culture. Hailing from the beaches of Florida, Kenny met John Gray (Lead Guitars and composer) on a skim board in Indian Rocks Beach. Since then they have been shredding all over the coast. Josh Hasak (percussion) and Justin Runfola (bass, artist for band) soon joined after connecting with John and Kenny one night at a gig, and soon after came Cameron Willinger (trumpet and trombone) to add a finishing ingredient to the bands flavor. Together they have played venues such as: Jannus Live, State Theatre, Local 662, Red Mesa Cantina, Venue, Vintage, Brass Mug and many more! They have shared the stage with bands such as: Iration, Stephen Marley, Anberlin, Suenalo, Fayuca, Geri x, Burning Tree, Fiction 20 Down, Authority zero and also have played numerous of charities! Resinated release their first album “Unity” only three months after playing together. They are currently working on their new full- length album due in mid-winter. This album will be the beginning of a long road these guys plan on covering!!/resinated

• 8:11 pm – 8:25 pm (15 minutes) Sabrina Vizzari – Closing, Thank you etc.


o 1st Dance Studio – (4) 1 private dance lesson & 1 Friday party Gift certificates ($95 value each)
o Aqua – Buy one get one free
o Bayshore Bootcamp by Meli – (5) 1 month class passes ($50 value each)
o Blue Martini – Gift Certificate ($50 value)
o Caliente – Gift Bag: promo items & guest pass (Over $100 value)
o Channelside Cinemas 10 – (10) movie passes ($130 value)
o Clear Waters Pools Services – (2) 1 month gift certificates for Chemical cleaning ($75 value each)
o Crowd Pleasers Limos – 3 hour ride ($250 value)
o Daniel B Marshall – 1 CD (priceless)
o Jackson’s Bistro/Nightclub – Gift Certificate ($500 value)
o Lisa Casalino – 1 CD (priceless)
o Mangroves – Restaurant Gift Certificate ($75 value)
o Oystercatchers – (1) bottle of Joseph Phelps INSIGNIA red wine 2006 ($295)
o Oystercatchers – (1) bottle of Two Hands SHIRAZ 2006 ($85 value)
o Party Solutions – Gift certificate ($100 value)
o Phat Kat Tattoo – Gift certificate ($25 value)
o Salon Mirage – Partial highlight & haircut or full color & haircut ($140 value)
o Salon West, Clearwater – One hour massage ($59 value)
o Soho Tan – package ($75 value)
o Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club – 18 holes of golf – foursome ($300 value)
o Tonic Lounge – Gift Certificate ($100 value)
o Two Gift Bags with t-shirt & koozie ($25 value each)
o XFC – 4 tickets Dec. 2 at St. Pete Times Forum ($240 value)



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Creating Butterflies ~ health event and Zumbathon

Transforming lives through health and fitness

First Annual  “Creating Butterflies™” ~ Health and Fitness Event and Zumbathon®

benefiting My Hope Chest and breast reconstruction for uninsured survivors

@ the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Downtown Orlando, Florida
Jani Roberts, International Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) and owner of the Wellness Company, and Diane Petoskey, renowned nutritionist, unite with Zumba Fitness entire ZES Team for this one day wellness event! Diane Petoskey will present “Building a Healthy Immune System” followed by a light lunch and an evening Zumba fitness Master Class.
The “Creating Butterflies program is a national program designed to inspire and promote a healthy quality of life on the road to recovery after cancer and breast reconstruction.  This health and wellness event focuses on the total healing and well being of those with, or who have survived a health related issue and individuals interested in improving their general quality of life.


$125 until October 15th ($150 afterward)

Make it a weekend getaway… Hotel Package for a special group rate at the Doubletree – Details coming soon!

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Advance Ticket Price: $125.00

Boobie-Palooza 2011!

Angel volunteer “Sabrina” has pulled together a concert event at the legendary Skipper’s Smokehouse with proceeds benefiting My Hope Chest!

WHEN: Sunday, May 1. 5:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Skippers Smokehouse (click for map)
910 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL 33613

WHAT: Concert with COPE, The HONEY’S and PHOENIX. RAFFLE Prizes & More

PRICE: $10 suggested donation at the door
We won’t be mad if you want to give more 😉

CONTACT: Sabrina Vizzari at 813-857-6178 or email if you would like to volunteer for the event!

Show your support with your “Hope” or “I Love Boobies” T-shirt and/or Koozie – available through Sabrina and also at Classy Consignments: 23020 SR 54, Lutz, FL.

Be a party of the Inaugural BOOBIE PALOOZA!!!
Please invite friends, tell them about the amazing music and help us spread the word!

Women’s Thermal Underwear Gives 50% to My Hope Chest

Feeling winter coming on?

Women’s Thermal Underwear has teamed up with us this October! The online shopping portal specializing in thermal layers for women will donate 50% of its gross commissions from each sale made through during the month of October 2010, to My Hope Chest.

Just visit between October 1, 2010 and October 31,2010 to shop for your thermal underwear, base layers, or great gifts. You can compare prices from multiple online stores, find what you want for the lowest price, and when you complete a purchase with the associated online retailer, that retailer will send a commission payment to Women’s Thermal Underwear. At the end of October, 50% of the total commissions from the month will be donated directly to My Hope Chest.

Women’s Thermal Underwear is part of The Breast Alliance. You can learn more here.