Norma Pfriem Breast Center 3rd annual Pink Pledge kicks off Sept. 28

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
(l-r) Pink Pledge co-chairs Marlene Battista and Kristen Staikos, members of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center advisory board; Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the center; and co-chair Meghan McCloat, member of the center’s president’s council.
FAIRFIELD, CT (Aug. 22, 2017) – Norma Pfriem Breast Center kicks off its third annual Pink Pledge 5:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Sherman Green Gazebo, Post Road, Fairfield. The Pink Pledge is a month-long, community-wide campaign to raise funds for the center’s life-saving programs for women in need while promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a Bank of America company, is the lead corporate event sponsor.

This year’s Pink Pledge co-chairs are Fairfielders Marlene Battista and Kristen Staikos, both members of the breast center advisory board, and Meghan McCloat of Easton, member of the breast center president’s council.

“On behalf of our patients and their families, I cannot thank these dedicated, energetic co-chairs enough for the tireless work they’ve done since the end of last year’s event to invite individuals, schools, fitness centers, restaurants, businesses, town offices and many others to take part in the 2017 Pink Pledge,” said Dr. Donna Twist, Norma Pfriem Breast Center executive director and vice president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. “Together with this army of community partners, we hope to sponsor activities throughout October to raise breast cancer awareness and support the charitable programs of Norma Pfriem Breast Center.”

The Pink Pledge begins with a Stroll for Strength, starting at the breast center offices at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield at 5 pm. Participants will follow a pink police cruiser to the Sherman Green. For information or to register for the Stroll, visit

Speakers at the Sherman Green will include First Selectman Mike Tetreau. Music will be provided by an on-air personality from WEBE 108. The kickoff also features a live band, activities for kids, a dance performance and prize drawings. Lead Corporate Event Sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management will “throw the switch” and light up Fairfield in pink. After the short program at the Sherman Green, guests are invited to continue the celebration at select downtown restaurants.

In addition to lead sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, supporters of Pink Pledge include Miller Nissan, Norma F. Pfriem Foundation, Inc. and Bigelow Tea.

More information is available at or on Facebook at If your business would like to participate in the Pink Pledge campaign, please contact Marlene Battista at

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health, Norma Pfriem Breast Center has served more than 30,000 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, Trumbull 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 center 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 is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers. For more information call 203-255-5300 or visit

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.

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