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John Jay Pinks out at Soccer and Volleyball


John Jay Women’s Soccer Team

John Jay Women’s Soccer decided to pink out for their game against Ketcham on October 16.

“The girls decided to wear pink and raise money for breast cancer programs at Miles of Hope,” explained Coach CJ Greenwood. “Then the parents got involved and we were able to raise money through bake sales, t-shirt sales and donations.”

“We have a very active parent group,” explained soccer mom and Hopewell resident, Lisa McHugh. “I was able to present the idea of donating to Miles of Hope during October Breast Cancer Awareness month to all of the parents and everyone loved it. There are so many at John Jay and in our community affected by breast cancer- we just wanted to do something to help,” Mrs. McHugh said (mother of team member Melissa).

Local schools stepped up and raised money for Miles of Hope all throughout October. “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of this community,” added Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “John Jay has always been so generous to us and this year women’s soccer as well as volleyball had pink games in our honor. We can’t wait for basketball season!”

Miles of Hope Day at the NY Jets on Sunday!


MOH-Jets-TeeSunday is Miles of Hope Day at the NY Jets football game against the Washington Redskins! 150 people are attending the game as a fundraiser for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“50 lucky people including breast cancer survivors will be holding the flags during the Opening Ceremonies when the Jets run on to the field,” explained Miles of Hope Co-Founder, Cathy Varunok.

“We’ve been working with the Jets organization to make this a fun outing for our volunteers and supporters and we are excited that so many people are joining us!” she added.

Miles of Hope is a regional breast cancer foundation with a mission to fund support services and outreach to people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY. Events throughout October highlight not only fundraising efforts but education and outreach as well. October Calendar

“Look for us on the field at the beginning of the game as well as in the stands during the game- we will all be wearing our pink logo t-shirts (photo attached) and helping the Jets and the NFL recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood.

Arlington Field Hockey Rocks the Pink!


The Arlington Varsity field hockey team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with giant check for $1300

After a fund raising car wash in LaGrange, a bounteous bakesale at the game, and a pink t-shirt sale all week in the halls, the Arlington Varsity field hockey team presented Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood, with a giant check for $1300. The Arlington Admirals field hockey team won Wednesday October 7′s home conference Pink Out game against Mahopac by a score of 1-0.
“We have more money to give Miles of Hope!” added Stephanie Grady, an enthusiastic mother of a player on the team, and one of the parent chaperone’s of the car wash.

“The big check represents proceeds from the car wash and donations from Arlington High School students however we have additional money from the bake sale and t-shirt sale,” explained coach Stephanie Tito.

“These young girls understand the value of preventive medicine, even at their ages. I was thrilled to be able to talk to them briefly on the field about encouraging their mothers and grandmothers- all female relatives over 50- to have an annual mammogram. And I also stressed the importance of a healthy diet to reduce cancer risk – they already know the benefits of exercise!” explained Ms. Forood.

Newburgh Elks Donate to Miles of Hope


Robert McCormick, President of the Newburgh Elks, presents check to Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood

The Newburgh Elks Club raises money for local charities every year at their annual barbeque at their headquarters on Washington Street in Newburgh. The outing usually coincides with three incongruous things: Fall, football, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For the past two years, the organization has made a donation to the only regional breast cancer charity helping Dutchess and Orange Counties- the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. (more…)

Zumba-Cize-A-Thon in Walden, Oct. 3, 2015


Zumba fitness woman dancingA Zumba-Cize-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10-noon at the Wooster Grove Community Center, Walden, NY [map]. Come work out and raise money for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Agenda:

  • Dancing
  • DJ
  • Raffles
  • Shakeology Bar
  • Fun!

The cost is $20 | Kids 10 and under $10. All proceeds to Miles of Hope.

For more info: Download Flyer | Email

Marist Volleyball Dig Pink Game for Breast Cancer October 11, 2015

pink-ribbon-volleyballThe Dig Pink Match between the Marist Women’s Volleyball Team and Fairfield University will be held on Sunday, October 11 at 1 PM at the McCann Center, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie NY. This sport event will be a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.

Admission is free. Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will be there with donation buckets. The entire team will be wearing pink shoelaces.

For more information, visit the Marist website.


4th Annual Cosmos & Cupcakes For Causes A Real Sweetie


L-R Back Row: Regina McGrade, Pari Forood, Tina James, Gwen DeSousa, Atia Harvin and Richelle Winston, Tonya Addy, Seated: L. Judges Dan Maughan, Tomas and Ed Kowalski

This 4th annual “sweet” event to benefit three great charities, The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Littman Cancer Center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital was held on Tuesday evening, June 2. Nearly 200 people gathered at Anthony’s Pier 9 to watch cupcake contestants crowned and extravagant mixologists making creative “spirited” cosmos. By popular demand guests SAMPLED the cupcakes this year, enjoyed a light supper followed by a fantastic program that told the “Story” of the ties that bind the organization and the people they serve.

Regina McGrade, VP of Marketing and Development at the Family Health Center, the events lead and founding agency shared; “The committee teams from each charity are very proud of the collaborative spirit in producing this event and working with each other every day for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The collaborations also included the SLC Auxiliary, The Friends of the Family Health Center, the students at The Nora Cronin Presentation Academy for production – painting over 200 clay pots (cupcakes).”

The event has raised nearly $50k for EACH charity to date.

The Best in Show winning cupcake this year was “Raspberry Patch” by Tina James.

The Fan Favorite AND Second Place cupcake was “Southern Charm” by Gwen DeSousa, a 2013 winner of this event.

Third Place was “Tres Leche” by Atia Harvin and Richelle Winston

The reigning Cosmo Champion (Pineapple Upside Down Cake 2014), Allison Sutherland was recognized for her 2015 Cherry Vanilla Cosmo.

Celebrity volunteer judges were:
Tomas, of Tomas Restaurant Group; Tomas Cafe in Wappingers Falls

 Ed Kowalski, CIA graduate and chef/owner of Lola’s Cafe under the Walkway, and Crave Restaurant in Poughkeepsie

Dan Maughan, Assistant Vice President, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital,  Littman Cancer Center


CIA Brazil Carnival Dinner to benefit Miles of Hope!


This Event Is Sold Out!

On June 13, the CIA will turn into ‘Carnival in Rio’ for a dinner-event benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

Throughout the night CIA students will be showcasing the lively colors, festive foods, and tropical-themed cocktails of Brazil.

Location: The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY
Reception: Reception and silent auction begin on Anton Plaza at 6 p.m.
Dinner: Dinner to be held in Farquharson Hall at 7:15 p.m.
Attire: Semi-formal
Charity: Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
Scholarship: CIA’s Side Towel Scholarship which provides financial aid to students, regardless of academic standing, a resource to continue their education
Price: $95 per person, includes all beverages, taxes, and service charges
Entertainment: Live Latin music by Big Band Sound

The public is invited however seating is limited. For more information and to make reservations event is sold out.

Cosmos & Cupcakes for Causes June 2


cosmos-lgJoin us Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 6 PM at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY.  Calling all bakers, amateur and pro!

The evening will include:

  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Cash bar
  • Silent auction
  • “Chopped”-style judging by professional bakers
  • Purchase competition-quality cupcakes to eat there or take home

All proceeds after expenses benefit the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, the Littman Cancer Center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

Click here to register and read more

Breast Cancer Survivors Run to Benefit Miles of Hope

fun-run-2015-survivorsIn the photo: Breast cancer survivors from throughout the Hudson Valley gathered at the Family 5K Fun Run on Saturday at Tymor Park in Union Vale to run and benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“The Fun Run is in its 12th year, raising over $100,000 for Miles of Hope programs,” explained Race Chairman Lori Decker.

“Miles of Hope funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley,” added Executive Director Pari Forood.  “The event committee is made up of volunteers, all dedicated to running and helping us help others.”

Photos from the event are on the Miles of Hope website Race times and photos are posted on the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club website