FOR RELEASE: 8/17/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Garden Tour Raises $22,000 for Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD, CT – Russell Fuchs led an enthusiastic group on a tour of his Birdsong estate and gardens in July, as part of a fundraiser for Brideport Hospital's Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. The event raised $22,000 for healthcare programs to support women in need.

Fuchs has been developing his unique gardens for the last decade.

“The amount of work he’s done in such a short period of time is truly extraordinary,” says Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director and Vice President for Development of The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

Dr. Donna Twist, Russell and Lauren Fuchs, and Lynne Taikowski

Fuchs shared tips and tools for designing and planning many styles of gardens with an audience of more than 100 people. The tour and talk were followed by music under the stars.

Russell Fuchs is a member of the Bridgeport Hospital Board of Directors. His wife, Lauren Fuchs, has been affiliated with the Breast Care Center for many years, supporting the Center's genetic risk program as well as programs for uninsured and underinsured women. The event was co-chaired by Lynne Taikowski, a member of the Breast Care Center’s Advisory Board and vice chair of the Center's President’s Council.

“This was one of our most enjoyable and successful fundraisers ever,” says Twist. “We have a creative group of volunteers dedicated to helping our patients.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull. The Center is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers.

For more information call 203-255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.