The Beth Davis Rose of Hope Tennis Tournament at Brooklawn Country Club

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FAIRFIELD--The September 16 Beth Davis Rose of Hope Tennis Tournament netted over $9,000 for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s community outreach programs.  Over 60 women took part in the Tournament at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield.  Players came from Westport, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Wilton, Stratford and Weston.

People’s United Bank was the lead corporate sponsor of the event.  The bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon following the tournament, Laura Yarish, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 38 and treated at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  “I had no idea of what was ahead of me,” she said.  “But I knew one thing for sure, that I was going to fight with everything I had and inspire other women, so they can do it too.”

Yarish received free support services at the Breast Center, thanks to their financial assistance program.  She told the audience, “It is thanks to the Center and your generous donations today and all the donations along the way that women like me receive services which have been so necessary to heal my soul.”

The event was co-chaired by Donna Craft, NPBC Advisory Board, and Nancy Bento, NPBC President’s Council.  Flight winners were Maureen Ferguson and Denise Sousa; Kristy Wackerman and Bridgett di Bonaventura; and Donna Craft and Janet Maroun. 

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma Pfriem Breast 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 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.  

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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