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North Fork Breast Health Coalition (NFBHC) Vice President Melanie McEvoy, NFBHC Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, NFBHC President Susan Ruffini and Martha Kennelly.
Martha Kennelly, NFBHC Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse with her nephew, Gordon Cavaniss, and his girlfriend, Lore Baculima
NFBHC Board Members
Founder Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala
NFBHC vice president Melanie McEvoy. and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala
NFBHC President Susan Ruffini and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala
Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Susan Ruffini and Bill Fields.
Patricia Ann Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Pink Pearl Gala
Breast Cancer survivors And supporters attended the very elegant North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Third Annual Pink Pearl Gala on April 7, 2017 at East Wind located 5720 Route 25A in Wading River.
North Fork residents wined and dined to celebrate the third anniversary of the Pink Pearl Gala.
This year The North Fork Breast Health Coalition (NFBHC) recognized Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and her late husband, Antonio DeGrasse, with the Pink Pearl Community Service Award. The gala was named for the late Pearl Philindas, past president. The dinner and award ceremony, followed by dancing to music provided by DJ Phil, was held in the elegant ballroom at East Wind.
Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Antonio DeGrasse, who passed away early last year, founded NFBHC in 1998 because they saw a great need for such an organization on the North Fork, where there is an especially high rate of diagnosis of the disease. A retired teacher, Ann serves on the Riverhead School Board and was board president. Antonio also worked for the Riverhead Central School District, most recently as an assistant principal. He was also a past president of Riverhead Rotary, which was instrumental in providing financial support for the creation and legal foundations of the NFBHC.
NFBHC also honored Flora Garsten and her husband Irwin, who just recently passed away, with the Pink Pearl Spirit Award. The couple is being recognized for their charitable contributions to the community. As the owners of Apple Honda, Riverhead, they established an annual breast cancer awareness campaign, which has been held every October at the car dealership for the last four years. Including participation at the annual NFBHC 5K Walk, Apple Honda has contributed $27,250 to local breast-cancer patients and survivors.
The first and second annual galas were very successful with hundreds of people attending each of them.
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is currently led by President Susan Ruffini. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as Helping Hand grants. Funds raised by the gala will also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and support groups to breast-cancer patients and survivors.
For more information please visit www.northforkbreasthealth.org.
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