Dan and Ellen Crown
Ellen Crown was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as a teenager. She and her husband Dan have made it their mission to help others battling these devastating diseases. Their leadership has made a significant impact on the foundation for the past three decades. As longtime supporters of the foundation’s research initiative, Ellen and Dan, along with their family, helped to launch our Microbiome Initiative and recently, our Environmental Triggers Initiative. After committing their generous financial support to these vital projects, the Crowns hosted a Research Alliance cocktail reception in their home encouraging others to join them in their efforts and pledge their support.
Ellen and Dan have both been volunteer leaders for the Foundation’s Greater New York Chapter. Both serve on the chapter’s board, and Dan served as President of the chapter's board. Ellen has been particularly devoted to the chapter’s Women of Distinction annual luncheon which she has chaired for the past twenty three years. Ellen along with Michelle Sweetwood took over the luncheon from it’s founders, Nancy Brown and Sue Ellen Schneider and helped to create an event that draws close to 900 of New York’s most influential and fashionable women every year. Ellen and her cochair's efforts have produced an annual event that has become the single largest fundraising vehicle for the Foundation, as well as the second highest grossing luncheon in the city of New York.