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FOR RELEASE: 4/17/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Award-winning Actress Julie Bowen Headlines Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center Benefit

Actress Julie Bowen of the hit television series Modern Family will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Rose of Hope Luncheon on June 14, a benefit for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. Bowen won an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance as Claire Dunphy, the matriarch of a family dealing with chaotic, contemporary life in Los Angeles. 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.

Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen will deliver the keynote address at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s 2012 Rose of Hope Luncheon in June.
Bowen has acted since her days as a student at Brown University. Upon graduating, she guest-starred on the dramatic series Class of '96, then moved to Los Angeles where, within weeks, she landed the lead in the Showtime drama Runaway Daughters. Bowen spent two seasons on ABC's critically-acclaimed Boston Legal as attorney Denise Bauer, and played Roxanne, the love interest for Dr. Carter, played by Noah Wyle, on the hit series E.R. She played the recurring role of Matthew Fox's wife on the ABC series Lost and, for three seasons, played Carol Vessey, the dream girl of former classmate-turned-lawyer Ed Stevens on the NBC series, Ed. On the big screen she starred as Adam Sandler's love interest in the comedy Happy Gilmore and appeared with Michael Keaton in Multiplicity. She also starred in An American Werewolf in Paris, performed with Lynn Redgrave in the independent romantic comedy Venus & Mars, and starred opposite Tim Allen in Joe Somebody.

Bowen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons and enjoys tutoring high school students in her spare time.

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 450 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 free health care to uninsured and underinsured women. Over 600 women receive free screening and diagnostic services each year, making it the largest program of free care in the area.

The luncheon also raises money for the Breast Care Center’s outreach and education programs and supportive services. “So many women are still unaware of their risk for breast cancer,” says Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “We feel its part of our mission to get the message out to women: early detection can save your life. Breast cancer is treatable and often curable when found early.”

The luncheon is for anyone with an interest in breast cancer. Each year, a well known celebrity with an interest in women’s issues and women’s health delivers the keynote address.

“We’re so excited to have Julie at this year’s luncheon,” says Twist. “She’s a talented woman with a successful career and busy family life who still finds time to help children,” says Twist.

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.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Rose of Hope Luncheon will be held at the home of Patti and Tom Keegan in Fairfield. The luncheon is sponsored by Connie DeMattia and the DeMattia Foundation, People’s United Wealth Management and First Niagara Bank.

For ticket information, call 203-255-5300.

Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, 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. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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