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Ellen Bender presenting the Arthritis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award to James Roosevelt (President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan).

Ellen Bender presenting the Arthritis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Charlie Baker (Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

Charlie Baker (Past President and CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Governor of Commonwealth, MA), Karen Kaplan (Chairman & CEO, Hill Holliday), Andrew Dreyfus (President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts), Robert Sheridan (Past President, Savings Bank Life Insurance Company) and Ellen Lutch Bender.

Distinguished Leadership Award, Arthritis Foundation, New England Chapter (2012)

Ellen Lutch Bender was honored with the Foundation’s most prestigious award recognizing her twenty years of board dedication to help the thousands of patients who suffer from this crippling disease.  Ellen served two consecutive terms as Board Chair, the first woman and non-physician to hold this position.  Among her many contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, Bender is credited with chairing their most prominent fundraising event each of fifteen years, the annual Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner, recognizing the community’s most prominent leaders.

Ellen Zane (CEO Emeritus, Tufts Medical Center) presents Ellen Lutch Bender with Distinguished Leadership Award from the Arthritis Foundation.

Boston Inspirational Women (2011)

Ellen Lutch Bender is among 125 prominent Boston area women featured in Boston Inspirational Women (Three Bean Press, 176 pages),  a collection of photographs and narratives about Boston’s leading women by Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett and his daughter, Kerry Brett.


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Ellen Lutch Bender, featured in “Boston Inspirational Women.”

The Arthritis Foundation and Brown Rudnick LLP Establish Ellen Lutch Bender Arthritis Research Award (2009)

Brown Rudnick, a premier international law firm, in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, established the “Ellen Lutch Bender Arthritis Research Award” to fund innovative research dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ellen Bender Arthritis Foundation Award

Kirk Townsend, PhD of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital received first Ellen Lutch Bender Arthritis Research Award.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay Campaign Cabinet (2005-2010)

Ellen Lutch Bender was an original co-chair of the health care division of the United Way of Massachusetts.   Through her dedication, the health care division grew in prominence to raise funds and awareness in bringing needed social services throughout the Boston community.

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National Volunteer Recognition Award (2008)

The National Arthritis Foundation recognized Ellen Lutch Bender for her distinguished national service in advocating for greater clinical research to help fight for a cure for the nation’s #1 form of disability.

National Volunteer Recognition Award (2008)

Ellen Lutch Bender with Terry Francona, past-manager, Boston Red Sox .

Arthritis Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award (2008)

Ellen Lutch Bender was chosen by her peers to receive the 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award for her years of service to the Arthritis Foundation.   Under her leadership, the plight of those afflicted with arthritis was better understood, more funds were raised for research and new programs were developed to help those who suffer from this crippling disease.

Arthritis Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award (2008)

Ellen Lutch Bender with Kevin Martin, Past Board Chairman of Arthritis Foundation of Massachusetts.

Outstanding Leadership Award, Kollel of Greater Boston (2002)

Ellen Lutch Bender was presented with this distinguished recognition for her leadership in community service.

Kollel of Greater Boston