Contact: Mary E. Horgan
Pleasantville, N. Y. — Pace University professor and Rockland County resident Ellen Mandel has been named Local Hero at the Westchester BMW Ultimate Drive Event that supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mandel, who has taught speech and communications at Pace University’s Dyson College for the Arts & Sciences for nearly 25 years, first started working with the Komen Foundation 11 years ago after a friend died of breast cancer. She serves on the board of directors and is chair of the hospital teams for the annual fundraising walk/run, Race for the Cure. Mandel also initiated and has helped organize the Pace University team for the Race for the Cure. Every year since Pace began participating, the University has been awarded the recognition Largest University Team at the event. Her commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer extends beyond her Komen activities. She serves on the Rockland County Legislative Committee for Women’s Health Issues and has worked with various organizations in that county to create Rockland County Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
“Ellen’s passion and deep commitment to the cause makes her one of our most valued volunteers,” said Daisy Vasquez, grants manager at Komen’s Greater New York Affiliate. “Her energy level and positive attitude keep growing with every year, leaving most of us at Komen wondering if we are racing for a cure or racing to keep up with Ellen.”
Mandel has also been instrumental in organizing the BMW Ultimate Drive event in Rockland County. Over the past four years the BMW test-driving and fundraising event hosted at dealerships throughout the country has raised over $4 million dollars for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.