Elaine believes philanthropy is a year-round endeavor, not an occasional event. Her belief in giving back extends from health and children’s issues to the performing arts and personal growth.
Breast Cancer Awareness is especially meaningful for Elaine because it’s a cause that hits close to home. Her mother Marlaine, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 48 and was successfully treated at the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at M.D. Anderson. Elaine raises and donates money regularly to the center at M.D. Anderson, a destination for hope and healing.
Elaine’s pink patent wrap bracelets, lovingly named after her mother, are sold every October online and in her boutiques to raise funds for BCA. One hundred percent of the bracelet sales are donated to charity and, all of her boutiques throw parties in support of breast cancer awareness.
An advocate for early detection and treatment, Elaine practices what she preaches, undergoing mammograms every six months, focusing on the positive advances in medical technology.
“You have to be diligent about your own health,” Elaine says. “You are your best advocate.”
Christus Stehlin Foundation
The Christus Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research has been creating hope and cancer cures since 1969. Named for Dr. John Stehlin, the pioneering cancer doctor who created hyperthermic perfusion, which combines heat and chemotherapy, the foundation continues to pioneer drug research. In 2008, the Foundation was approved by the FDA to begin human trials on a promising cancer drug, CZ48, which is derived from the camptothecin compound.
The Stehlin Foundation is funded through private sources and all donations are funneled directly to the Foundation’s belief in treating the whole patient, just not the cancer within.
Heroes for Children
Elaine Turner Designs is one of the most significant contributors to Heroes for
Children, donating 32 handbags each year for the annual Houston and Dallas Heroes
and Handbags Luncheons with all profits directly benefiting the organization. Elaine
specially designed bags in honor of Allie Scott and Taylor Brewton; HFC daughters
who lost their battles with cancer at eight months and four years, and inspired
the creation of the organization by their mothers. The bags were added to the Elaine
Turner 2008 collection and 50% of proceeds were donated to Heroes for Children.
In 2010, Elaine Turner's contributions over the last five years to Heroes and Handbags
has helped the event raise more than $750,000 and counting.
"Jenny and Larissa are a true inspiration to me: they chose to turn their loss into
something positive to help others. That's what motivated my company and me to get
involved. We feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to partner with Heroes
for Children over the years and contribute towards their mission to assist families
in need. Our experience with Heroes for Children has added more joy, meaning, and
fulfillment to our business and our lives.
Heroes for Children provides financial and social assistance to families within
the state of Texas with children battling cancer. Cancer treatment can include chemotherapy,
radiation, surgeries and numerous clinic visits which can last between six months
and three years. The average gift of $750 brings much-needed relief to families
with burdensome expenses, including mortgage/rent payments, utilities, car payments,
or funeral costs for children who have lost the battle with cancer. Heroes for Children
provides more than $30,000 in direct financial assistance each month. This assistance
allows many families to stay afloat while they focus on their child's health. Additional
information about Heroes for Children can be found at
Since 2008, Elaine Turner has been an avid supporter of Houston-based SNAP. From
accessorizing fashion shows and appearing in the 2009 SNAPshots Fashion Calendar,
to designing a one-of-a-kind collar and leash for auction in benefit of SNAP, this
cause is very near to Elaine's Heart and she always welcomes opportunities to lend
her support to the organization.
"In my life, dogs have always represented the purest form of love. They have brought
me immense joy, but more importantly they have taught me something about myself.
By supporting SNAP, I hope that we are creating opportunities for countless others
to experience the joy and happiness that comes with being an animal caretaker. Giving
them the best life possible ensures that our companions can continue to provide
their unique and unconditional love for years to come."
Houston-based SNAP has been working for more than 17 years to stop this cycle by
providing free and low-cost sterilization services to the community, preventing
the birth of unwanted animals and giving shelter and rescue animals a better chance
at adoption. Through their stationary Spay-Neuter and Wellness Clinic and their
one-of-a-kind mobile clinic, SJNAP provides free and low-cost options for anyone
that wants to do the right thing for their companion animal, but may lack the funds.
Additional information can be found at:
Center for Success and Independence
Elaine and Jim Turner are Honorary Chairs of the 2011 'Celebrating Triumph' inaugural
luncheon benefitting the Center for Success and Independence. "The Fonz", Henry
Winkler, will be on hand as a featured speaker. It is the mission of The Center
for Success and Independence to provide comprehensive, compassionate and quality
treatment to youth, ages 12-17, with behavioral emotional and addictive disorders
that are interfering with effective functioning in life. Utilizing sound clinical
methods of treatment, clients will be prepared to successfully reintegrate into
the community and to become fully functioning adults. Additional information about
The Center for Success and Independence can be found at: