Next-generation philanthropist presents grant to Norma Pfriem Breast Center

Friday, March 25, 2016

FAIRFIELD, CT – Mason Jennings, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School and son of hospital CEO William M. Jennings, presented a check for $500 to Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center to benefit programs for women in need. Mason applied for and secured a grant through the Young Donor Advised program of the CT Block Party. The Breast Center provides over 1,000 women each year with patient services they would not be able to afford on their own.

CT Block Party is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate children to recognize neighbors in need in their community. Young people can apply for grants for their charities of choice through the Young Donor Advised program. Mason completed an application to explain why he wanted the money to go to the Breast Center.

Mason first learned about the Norma Pfriem Breast Center through his sister Sarah, who volunteered for the Breast Center’s Catwalk for a Cure fashion show fundraiser. The show is designed and presented by teens with support from their adult advisors. Sarah spent three years participating in Catwalks as a model and team captain. Mason, who will be freshman at Miami College in Ohio next fall, got involved as a model, team captain and was the designer of last year’s team T-shirt. Their mother, Kristin Jennings, volunteers for the Catwalks as well. Her husband, William M. Jennings, is president and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital.

“Bill and Kristin have taught their kids to think of others and to serve their community,” says Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. “They’ve been wonderful volunteers. Their support helps women who need help paying for their healthcare. This grant will save lives!”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma Pfriem Breast Center has served more than 25,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 300 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 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

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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