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Big Bam! Foundation is pleased to announce POP CHIC!

By: Kellie K. Speed

BOSTON (April 25, 2002) - Janice Bonadio, founder and president of the Big Bam! Foundation is pleased to announce POP CHIC! The Big Bam! Fashion and Music Event presented by SELF, which will make Boston the 2nd stop on its national tour on Thursday, May 9 at The Roxy.  The Big Bam! Foundation is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that raises funds to provide free mammograms (and when necessary, follow-up treatment and surgery) for uninsured women, and raises awareness in women under 40 about breast health and breast cancer.  This year, events have been scheduled for Chicago and San Francisco.

The event, presented by SELF with support from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, is being held at The Roxy in Boston and will be co-hosted by Janet Wu, Chris Beckman of MTV's "The Real World" and members of the Boston Breakers women’s soccer team. The event will feature: musical performances from Capitol Record’s Shannon McNally, Rykodisc Recording Artist and Boston’s own, Catie Curtis, a spring fashion show from Betsey Johnson, models from Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre, local and national celebrity servers, food from fabulous Boston restaurants, and music from the city’s hottest DJ’s.  Tickets for the event are $65.00 and available online at  For more information and to buy tickets, please call toll-free at 866-514-6366, pin #5740.

Proceeds from POP CHIC! Boston will benefit The Young Survival Coalition, a non-profit coalition dedicated to the critical concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer, and will provide a Free Mammogram Day on May 11, 2002, and follow-up services at Boston Medical Center.  Boston Medical Center is the largest provider of free care in Massachusetts.

The Big Bam! Foundation was founded three years ago by Janice Bonadio, who at 27, was diagnosed with and overcame breast cancer.  Since its inception, the organization has made colossal strides in generating awareness of breast cancer in women under 40, including the donation of over $500,000 towards free mammograms, medical assistance for uninsured women with breast cancer, and educational outreach to women under 40, nationwide. 

“The POP CHIC! Big Bam! Fashion & Music Tour events have really taken off over the past year,” says Bonadio.  “We have been extremely fortunate to have attracted the attention of not only the public, but also a number of high profile celebrities, musicians, politicians and athletes who have helped us to make these events such a huge success.”

Some other key accomplishments of The Big Bam! Foundation include: being named the beneficiary of several large music and fashion charity events including the MIND BODY SELF Festival; Macy’s For The Love of Her Life initiative; and Conde Nast Publications & Ford Motors’ Bandanna Force Campaign.  Several world-renowned musicians have supported The Big Bam! Foundation, including the Go-Go’s and Natalie Merchant who performed at SELF Magazine-sponsored events.  In addition, Lisa Loeb, Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, and Joan Osborne have also played at various Big Bam! events around the country.

"I am thrilled to join with our terrific sponsors in presenting the POP CHIC! tour," says SELF Vice President & Publisher, Beth Brenner. "The tour is a great way for SELF and the people of Boston to support The Big Bam! Foundation." SELF, published by The Conde Nast Publications, is the preeminent healthy lifestyle magazine for women, reaching over 5 million readers every month.

The goal of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, launched by Avon Products, Inc. in the U.S. in 1993, is to benefit all women through research, clinical care, education and support services, but there is special emphasis on reaching medically underserved women, including low-income, elderly and minority women, and women without adequate health insurance.  From 1993 through 2001, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised approximately $165 million net in the U.S. to fund access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, and tens of millions more will be raised this year through various events and programs.

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

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