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Wassaic Auto Shop Raises Money for Breast Cancer


L-R: Kyle Barron, Jack Gregory, Linda Gregory handing check to Pari Forood, Kaitlin Gregory, Jim Killmer, Brian Merritt, Brian Mackay

Jack’s Auto Service of Wassaic raised over $1200, with donations from every oil change in the month of October.

“We know people who were helped by Miles of Hope and wanted to give back to the foundation that is right here in the Hudson Valley,” explained co-owner Linda Gregory. “Everyone in our shop was committed and excited to raise money for Miles of Hope and they all pitched in!”

Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, added: “So many businesses in our eight county area have taken it upon themselves to raise money for us. They have done it in very creative ways with promotions, athletic contests, and sales, and we are very grateful for all of them.”

Powers Fasteners Raises Funds for Miles of Hope

collagePowers Fasteners, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, had a Miles of Hope day at their offices in Brewster, NY. Everyone in the company participated in raising money for the regional breast cancer foundation which funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

Christina Panuccio-Martinez, Human Resources Generalist at Powers Fasteners said: “Last Friday, everyone wore jeans and something pink and made a donation. We wanted to help Miles of Hope because it helps people in our area.”

“Thank you to yet another business which took the initiative to help their neighbors and colleagues who may be affected by breast cancer. We are honored to use their donation to fund programs and outreach for those who need us here in the Hudson Valley,” added Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope.

Gold’s Gym Duathlon Raises Funds for Miles of Hope

Gold’s Gym in LaGrange held a duathlon on Oct. 5 and raised over $4,600 to support Miles of Hope.

In the photo, members of the duathlon team present Miles of Hope co-founder Dana Effron with the check.

Click to read the article in Country Courier Magazine.

Many thanks to Gold’s Gym in LaGrange and the organizers and participants in the duathlon!


Marist Women’s Soccer Pink Out Game Oct.25


pink out soccerThe Marist women’s soccer team will host its fifth annual Pink Out game on Saturday, Oct. 25, when the Red Foxes host Monmouth in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tenney Stadium, and admission is free and open to the public.
In honor of Miles of Hope, the Marist Athletics Department will recognize breast cancer survivors with a special on-field ceremony. Survivors who would like to be involved in this ceremony are encouraged to contact Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs, Andy Alongi, via email at

Vail Farm Elementary Raises Money for Miles of Hope


vailfarmelementaryThe staff of the Vail Farm Elementary School took it upon themselves to celebrate October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a very special way– by helping their friends, neighbors and family who may be affected by breast cancer now or in the future.

“I have been raising money for Miles of Hope for years,” explained teacher Bonnie Glick, “but always in May for the Annual Spring Brunch. When October rolled around, I wanted to do something with my school, to show our support as an organization.”

Through the sale of merchandise and ribbons and promotions like Pink Out Day, Vail Farm Elementary School raised $1400 for Miles of Hope.

“This is just another example of a grass roots effort to selflessly address needs in the community,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “Our Hudson Valley is filled with magnanimous people reaching out and doing whatever they can for local organizations like ours, enhancing our ability to help those who need us.”


Newburgh Elks Raise Money for Miles of Hope

Miles of Hope E.D. Pari Forood with Elks Executive Committee

Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with Elks Executive Committee

At the Newburgh Elks headquarters at 356 Washington Street, Newburgh, John Guidice (purple t-shirt), Chairman and organizer of the annual Fall Festival and Fundraiser along with the Elks Executive Committee, presents a check to Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood.

Car Meet Raises Money for Breast Cancer

Foreground: Miles of Hope E.D. Pari Forood with Andrew Flynn Background far right holding child: Jason Safran

Foreground: Miles of Hope E.D. Pari Forood with Andrew Flynn
Background far right holding child: Jason Safran

The first annual Miles of Hope — Lake Effect Car Show raised over $3500 through donations, sale of t-shirts and stickers, and a 50/50. Andrew Flynn of Poughkeepsie who lost his mother to breast cancer decided to organize a Car Meet to honor her memory and raise money for Miles of Hope.

As a car enthusiast, Andrew brought together his two loves and decided to organize a car meet as a fundraiser for Miles of Hope. “My mother was helped by Miles of Hope as was the receptionist at my office, American Heating and Cooling in Poughkeepsie,” he said. “I wanted to give back to the organization that helps people right here in the Hudson Valley.”

His cousin, Jason Safran, Car Chief of Dyson Racing brought a racing car and many of his staff to volunteer to the event last Saturday at Lake Taghkanic State Park in southern Columbia County. “We all wanted to pitch in to raise money for breast cancer programs,” Andrew said..

Photos on Facebook

Restaurant Group Highlights Pink Meals!

restaurants-fall-2014-pinkPoughkeepsie Ice House on the Hudson, The Mill Restaurant and Bar on Vassar Road, and Twins Barbecue in Wappingers Falls are going pink for October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. See flyer.

All three restaurants will have ‘think pink’ items on their menus to highlight the importance of breast cancer programs here in the Hudson Valley funded by Miles of Hope.

“These are three great restaurants supporting our programs for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley,” explained Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope.

“We are thrilled they have decided to help us and bring awareness not only to the fact that breast cancer patients and their families need help, but also to our Foundation in the Hudson Valley, for the Hudson Valley.”

For every Pink Item ordered in October, the three restaurants will donate $1 to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not just a marketing tool–it is an opportunity for everyone to realize that prevention of this disease is paramount to their overall health. At Miles of Hope we urge people to lead a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, emphasis on fruits and vegetables in their diet, appropriate body mass index (weight) for their height and build, and getting an annual mammogram,” added Ms. Forood.

“This is not rocket science! You can reduce your cancer risk by adopting simple guidelines in your life. Start your new regime by walking with us on October 5, at James Baird State Park in the Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer,” she said.

Join AmazonSmile and Support Miles of Hope


amazonlogoAmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Miles of Hope every time you shop online at Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon using AmazonSmile, a portion of the purchase price is donated automatically to a charity you choose.

To get started, go to Miles of Hope should should up as the charity automatically. If not, you will be asked to choose a charity. Search for and choose Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. That’s all there is to it! It’s automatic, and it costs you nothing.

Thereafter whenever you are in the market for an Amazon product, go to (instead of just – you will see “Supporting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation” at the top of every page. You use your existing account without any changes and all of Amazon products are available, as  before. And, every time you make a purchase, Miles of Hope benefits! The portion is small — 0.5% of the purchase price — but it adds up.

Details about AmazonSmile.

Don’t forget, you can also donate directly to Miles of Hope, or support Miles of Hope by participating in an event, or even hosting your own fundraiser.

Gold’s Gym Duathlon Oct 5


duathlonThe Gold’s Gym Duathlon Run-Bike-Run benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will take place on October 5, 2014, at 8:00 a.m.

This duathlon event will be based at Gold’s Gym LaGrange and will utilize local roads and the Dutchess County Rail Trail which is conveniently located right next to the facility. Gold’s Gym LaGrange is located in Poughkeepsie NY, 258 Titusville Road (just 5 miles west of the Taconic State Parkway). The event consists of a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, and a 2-mile run. Participants can sign up for a relay or compete in the full event. All proceeds will go to benefit Miles of Hope. T-shirts guaranteed to all who are pre-registered by September 20, 2014.

For information: ! 845-463-4800 | FlyerRegister online