Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

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Lisa Lampanelli

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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES LISA LAMPANELLI AS NATIONAL AMBASSADOR OF HOPE

Lampanelli Will Be Keynote Speaker at 2014 WLSFA Annual National Fundraiser
Davis, CA (October 31, 2013) –The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) is pleased to announce fellow weight loss patient, comedian and actress Lisa Lampanelli as their National Ambassador of Hope. Lisa has also been selected as the keynote speaker at their Annual National Fundraiser on April 4-6, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.
After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in April 2012, Lisa has lost over one hundred pounds. She has publicly spoken out in support of using weight loss surgery as a tool to get healthy after her unsuccessful weight loss efforts through the years.
The WLSFA created a grant referral program to fund weight loss surgeries in response to insurance policies exempting medical treatments for morbid obesity. The program allows qualified surgeons to refer patients in need. Referred patients are then invited to apply for a grant that covers all expenses related to the surgery.
“After many years of struggling with my weight, I underwent gastric sleeve surgery to reclaim my health and it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself,” said Lisa Lampanelli. “I am thrilled to be WLSFA’s National Ambassador of Hope and I hope to bring awareness to an amazing organization that saves lives by providing grants to people who cannot afford this powerful leverage against morbid obesity. I strongly feel that you are not cheating by choosing to undergo weight loss surgery. You are only cheating death.”
“We feel very fortunate to have Lisa join us at our annual event. Lisa will shine a very bright light on our cause and help us raise awareness. Morbid obesity kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. Far too many people have insurance policies that exempt the medical treatments for obesity. Lisa is known as the “Queen of Mean” but to us she is the Queen of Hearts because she has a huge heart and her work with us will save lives,” said Laura Van Tuyl, WLSFA Board member and event director for the WLSFA Annual National Fundraiser.
Lisa Lampanelli will join fellow WLSFA National Ambassador of Hope Carnie Wilson at the annual WLSFA fundraising event, Sand and Sea Adventure, held on April 4-6, 2014 at the Tampa Marriott Westshore in Tampa Florida. Lisa will perform a portion of her new developmental one-woman show Skinny Bitch: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show and will reveal the woman behind the comic and her struggle with food, men and body image in an intimate, honest, and relatable way. Lisa will also host a fundraiser with a small, private meet and greet during the conference. After the three day conference, the WLSFA event continues with a five day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas where Lisa will join hundreds of other weight loss surgery patients and WLSFA supporters. While on board, Lisa will help raise more funds by performing her comedy act for an intimate group of fortunate WLSFA cruisers who purchase special tickets.
For more information or tickets to attend the WLSFA Annual Fundraiser with special guests Lisa Lampanelli and Carnie Wilson, please visit http://www.wlsfa.org/event/ or call 415-234-9074.
About Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
The WLSFA core mission is to fund grants for weight loss surgery and reconstructive surgery. Founded in 2010, the WLSFA is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization powered by donations from weight loss surgery patients, medical professionals and industry partners. Qualified Bariatric and Plastic Surgeons may refer patients to apply for full or partial grants. The WLSFA has funded eleven grants for recipients across the nation and is accepting applications from referred patients through December 31, 2013. Completed applications are blinded and reviewed by the selection committee. Finalists are presented to the Board of Directors where funds are awarded. The WLSFA hosts an annual national fundraiser. The WLSFA is a 100% volunteer organization. For more information, please visit www.wlsfa.org.

About Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa has become a household name as a standout contestant on the fifth season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice and appeared in the David Chase-directed feature film, Not Fade Away. She is currently starring as a series regular on Bounty Hunters, CMT’s first-ever animated show. This Grammy-nominated equal opportunity offender is a regular on late-night television, the Comedy Central Roasts, and is a frequent guest and guest host on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows. Lisa has also appeared on EXTRA as a guest correspondent, is a frequent guest and co-host on TMZ, and has sold out theaters across the country, including NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, the Chicago Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, Long Live the Queen, and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks. Lisa’s greatest hits CD, Equal Opportunity Offender, was released in April 2012. Currently, Lisa is making a departure from her signature “insult” comedy with her first developmental theater production Skinny Bitch: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show to show a side of Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean that few would guess exists. For more information, please visit www.insultcomic.com.

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Contacts:
For WLSFA:
Yvonne McCarthy
Media Director
Yvonne@wlsfa.org
415-234-9074

For Lisa Lampanelli:
Amy Jacobs
Rubenstein Communications
ajacobs@rubenstein.com
212-843-8077

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