FAIRFIELD-- Milford resident Paul Miller, president of Miller Nissan of Fairfield, will receive the 2014 Rose of Hope Award, which recognizes the charitable work of an individual or organization. The award will be presented at the annual Rose of Hope Luncheon, a benefit for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. The luncheon takes place on June 13 at the home of Patti and Tom Keegan in Greenfield Hill. The Breast Care Center, the first free-standing, community-based breast care center in Connecticut, has been helping women in the community fight breast cancer for over a decade.
One of the area’s largest and most publicized fundraisers, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Rose of Hope Luncheon takes place each year in June, with over 500 Fairfield County women and men attending. The luncheon serves as an important source of funds for the Breast Care Center’s programs for women in need, including their Medically Underserved Initiative, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women. Over 1,000 women receive screening and diagnostic services through the Initiative each year, making it the largest program in the area.
The luncheon also raises money for the Breast Care Center’s outreach and education programs.
This year’s keynote speakers are television personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Giuliana, a breast cancer survivor, is the co-anchor of television’s E! News. Her husband, Bill, a motivational speaker and Chicago real estate developer, was hired by The Trump Organization at the conclusion of the first season of The Apprentice.
Daneen Grabe and Linda Blackwell, both of Fairfield, will co-chair the Rose of Hope Luncheon. Both are active members of the Breast Care Center’s President’s Council and Advisory Board. Cindy Citrone of the President’s Council will serve as Special Program Chair.
The luncheon is sponsored by Connie DeMattia and the DeMattia Charitable Foundation. The lead corporate sponsor is People’s United Wealth Management, which has supported the luncheon for six years and been the lead corporate sponsor of a NPBCC event for over fourteen years. Land Rover Milford is the lead sponsor of the Celebrity Champagne Reception preceding the luncheon.
Karen O’Neil, also of Milford, will be this year’s patient speaker.
For ticket information, call 203-255-5300.
Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the 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 www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.