Chefs, musicians, friends rally for Feel The Love Elise benefit


For months, Elise Roth Tedeschi‘s nearly 2,000 Facebook friends have been closely monitoring her status updates as the beloved Atlanta publicist battles pancreatic cancer. But this month,  the details of Tedeschi’s scary prognosis — she was diagnosed with Stage Three pancreatic cancer in January — were made public for the first time as friends organize a June 29 benefit, Feel The Love Elise, at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. Elise, 43, the regional marketing manager for Hard Rock Cafe and husband Patrick Tedeschi are the parents are of Jake, 8, and Ryan, 6.

Over the years repping restaurants, including Bacchanalia, Quinones at Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe, The Oceanaire Room, Murphy’s, Pura Vida Tapas, Canoe and chef clients, including Richard Blais and Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, Tedeschi has built a reputation as one of the most admired public relations experts in the city. But even with insurance, Tedeschi’s aggressive cancer treatment, including rounds of chemotherapy, tests and radiation, has created a mountain of debt for the young family.

Atlanta publicists Toren Anderson of Toren Anderson, Inc., Kelly Norris of The Reynolds Group, Tara Murphy of 360 Media and Jill Caramella of Crafted by Jill have joined forces to organize Feel the Love Elise, a special night of music, fellowship, healing and giving. And the love is pouring in fast too, in the form of auction items, including a donated dinner for 18 prepared by Quatrano and Harrison in the private dining room at Bacchanalia paired with wines from Harrison’s private wine cellar, a chef’s table for four at Local Three prepared by chef Chris Hall, two VIP tickets to this fall’s Taste of Atlanta and  a table for six at any Live Nation show this summer at Chastain. The donations continue to roll in around the clock. Bands booked to perform at Feel the Love Elise include: Aidan Cares, Thade Cole, Paul Roub, Jordan Hornaday, Oscar Melis, Your Uncle Henry and The Cumberland Collective.

Despite enduring 12 rounds of chemo (she is hoping that Thursday’s round was her final one) that leave her so weak her husband has to carry her upstairs, Elise continues to share her story on Facebook with friends. On Wednesday she posted: “How is it that I am happier in my life than I have ever been and going through this cancer thing! I am just so overwhelmed by all the support that I have gotten from family, friends and complete strangers! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am just so blessed and really looking forward to seeing everyone at the benefit next Friday, June 29! Game face is on! Ready to kick cancer’s ass! As I have always said, cancer picked the wrong girl to mess with!”

To purchase tickets, make a auction donation or find out how you can help, go to the benefit’s official website or Facebook page.

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  • Bob Tedeschi

    Elise will beat this cancer. she is a strong ,loving women and we are all behind her 100 percent
    Love you Elise

  • TorenAnderson

    Elise has been grateful through this entire nightmare. She says she learned how amazing people are and how giving. It has been a gift to those of us walking this out with her seeing someone suffering such hardship embrace gratitude, grace and kindness. A little boy with brain and spine cancer is coming that night and Elise begged to do something for him. With a disease and protocol such as hers, it would be okay for her to think of herself and her family. But that is not her. This little patient at CHOA, Brayden is going to get a guitar on stage Friday because of Elise. That’s how she rolls.
    We ask that you, the ones reading this to consider sending a donation to and also to post this article to keep it trending and out there for others to read her story. We stand with her for hope and healing. Thanks in advance for all who take the time to give. Love benefits all!

  • Carol Owen

    Toren, can you please give me a call at 919-259-9051? I may be able to donate travel package and have a fundraising idea….

  • Michael

    Great article Rich! Elise has C beat!

  • CariR

    How wonderful to see Atlanta’s chefs and musicians come together to support this family. Restaurant goers and music fans should check out the silent auction items on http://www.feelthe Some amazing meals and concerts there!
    Elise is so much more comfortable with giving than receiving. She would never ask for help, but the help is so needed and so appreciated. As tough as she is, every bit of support, small and large, help keep Elise’s spirits up as she continues this fight. This benefit has her floating on air. She’s feeling the love!

  • Emily Swan

    What an amazing article. Elise is such a wonderful individual with the strongest spirit and a personality that touches and inspires each person she meets. No question she will beat this thing and go on to help others fighting cancer get through it and stay positive. Thank you for sharing her story.