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Raising Money for Breast Cancer One Scarf at a Time

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Bianca Reyes; Lisa Arnoff, Miles of Hope Board Vice-Chairman- all modeling the scarves made by Ms. Reyes

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Bianca Reyes; Lisa Arnoff, Miles of Hope Board Vice-Chairman- all modeling the scarves made by Ms. Reyes

Bianca Reyes of Pleasant Valley knows about breast cancer. Her family has been affected by the disease and she knows the importance of an annual mammogram. The Manhattanville rising sophomore decided to volunteer for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation when she was still at Arlington High School and performing community service was as important to her as going to class.
“I have always felt the desire to give back,” she said, “and Miles of Hope was a perfect fit for me and my sister.”
For that reason, Bianca started Stitches of Hope ( to raise money on her own for Miles of Hope. Bianca makes the scarves sold on the website and donates all proceeds to the local foundation.
“When Bianca came to me with this idea, I was stunned that a freshman in college would have time for this project,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “However, when we got our first donation check, I realized just how special this young woman really is.”
“Bianca thinks of things daily to help us or raise money for Miles of Hope. She has volunteered at almost every event we have when she is in town and sends me emails weekly with ideas on how to ‘speak’ to young women about breast cancer. She is an exceptional person,” continued Ms. Forood.
“I love working for this organization and helping people affected by breast cancer here in our Hudson Valley,” Ms. Reyes explained. “Since I love fashion and clothes and I am good at making things, I decided to combine my interests and my passion and make scarves for Miles of Hope.”

Fashion Show Benefits Miles of Hope

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Alessia Milanese; Nicole Armeno; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Lisa Arnoff, Board Vice Chairman Miles of Hope

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Alessia Milanese; Nicole Armeno; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Lisa Arnoff, Board Vice Chairman Miles of Hope

On a Friday night in June, at Casa Milanese in Highland, the culmination of months of planning and sewing came to fruition and the 2nd Annual “We’re All Mad Here” Fashion Show and Tea Party was held to benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. [Click to see their Facebook page]
The two organizers, Nicole Armeno and Alessia Milanese, who were high school seniors last year at FDR High School in Hyde Park, are now at FIT in New York launching careers in fashion.
“Being able to pursue my dream career while helping an amazing organization is an indescribable feeling. I do what I love and hope that it can help those I love,” explained Nicole Armeno.
“I have a history of breast cancer in my family, and the Miles of Hope Foundation has helped so many that I really wanted this to be an organization I support wholeheartedly,” she said.
Alessia Milanese and Christy Guercio design and make all of the clothes,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “Nicole handles all of the organizational aspects of the Fashion Show as well as marketing and logistics. They will all make brilliant businesswomen in the fashion industry!”
“Many organizations and stores helped with the success of this event,” Nicole said, “FACE Stockholm in Rhinebeck donated all of the Models Makeup; Bella Capelli Salon donated the models hair styling; Partners In Massage, Hyde Park donated raffle items; Casa Milanese donated the venue and Mrs. Seelke’s Health Class (FDR High School) held a bake sale to help fundraise.”
“This was a totally self-motivated initiative,” Ms. Forood said. “Nicole and Alessia came to us after their event with a check for over $1,000 to donate to Miles of Hope for programs and services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley. So often, young people are not given credit for caring about their community or for looking outside themselves or their self-interests. Here is an example of two teenagers who are helping make our community and region a better place to live, and we salute them.”

Calling All Bartenders!

Cosmos and Cupcakes

Click the image to download a flyer

The Hudson Valley’s premier cosmopolitan competition is heating up to be the definitive public evaluation of mixmaxing skill in our region! All are invited to compete by registering at:
Judges will be awarding the winner based on taste, creativity and appearance.
At the 3rd Annual Cosmos and Cupcakes at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, on June 3, from 6-9, bartenders, mixologists, and talented amateurs will compete for “Best Cosmo in the Hudson Valley.”
The event benefits the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Centers and the Littman Cancer Center at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. (click to download flyer)
For more information contact Regina McGrade (845) 220-3100

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival

Saturday, July 5, 2014,  at the boathouse of the Hudson River Rowing Association in Poughkeepsie, NY [map]. Friendly competition between teams of paddlers on the Hudson River. Join a team or form your own (16-20 paddlers plus a drummer). Be part of the only Dragon Boat race currently happening on the Hudson River! Also on the waterfront: Asian Cultural Festival with live music, events, arts and artisans, and food vendors. Benefits Mid-Hudson Arts and Miles of Hope.

Click to read more ! register online

Awaken the Dragon!

James O’Neill High School Volleyball Raises Money for Breast Cancer programs

james oneil high schoolMiles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation received a donation from the James O’Neill High School Volleyball varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams from a fundraiser they organized last October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Click to read the
letter from Cathryn Biordi and Katelyn Kort, Co-Head Varsity Volleyball Coaches and Melinda Garrick, Junior Varsity Volleyball Head Coach who helped the teams organize Diggin’ for a Cure!

The high school is located in Highland Falls, NY.

500 to Celebrate Spring and Breast Cancer Programs this Sunday

brunch2013The 10th Annual Spring Brunch for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie is this Sunday, May 4, from 11- 2:00.

“This year we have a special program planned in honor of our 10th Anniversary,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “We will be awarding our scholarship recipients at the Brunch and honoring them and their parents.”

2014 Scholarship Recipients:
  • Darren Pikul, Highland – Highland High School- Onondaga Community College
  • Kayley Spinella, Poughkeepsie – Arlington High School – Betty Howard Scholarship Recipient – Kings College, Brooklyn
  • Kaitlin Pearson, East Chatham – Chatham High School – Syracuse University
  • Claire Mulpeter, Red Hook – Red Hook High School – Ithaca College
“Each scholarship recipient will receive $3000 toward their college expenses,” explained Miles of Hope co-Founder Cathy Varunok. “The Scholarship Committee made up of current and retired educators and community leaders chose these high school seniors from a list of very qualified candidates.”

“There will also be a special 10th Anniversary Video highlighting Miles of Hope volunteers and programs,” added co-Founder Dana Effron. “This video will enable us to share with the 500 supporters in our audience footage from many of our events and best wishes from the participants, volunteers, and organizers.”

“None of this would be possible without our extraordinary sponsors!” reminded Brunch Chairwoman Lisa Arnoff of Arnoff Moving and Storage. “Without Health Quest, Arnoff Moving and Storage, Premier Medical Group, BMW of the Hudson Valley, Dana and Ira Effron, D’Arcangelo and Co, Half Time Beverage, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC, and Hudson River Fruit Distributors/The Albinder Family, we would not be able to help people in the Hudson Valley affected by breast cancer.”

Annual Spring Brunch May 4



The 10th Annual Miles of Hope Spring Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY.

In 2013, Miles of Hope raised more than $450,000 to fund support programs in the Hudson Valley. Nearly one-third of that was raised at the Annual Spring Brunch. In its ten-year history of funding support services for people affected by breast cancer, Miles of Hope has given away more than $1,000,000.

Be part of this success!
• Become a Sponsor
• Advertise
• Have Brunch with Us

Your support is critical to the continued success of Miles of Hope.

Reservations are available now for purchase online.

While we much prefer online reservations, if you wish to reserve on paper please click to download the reservation form (PDF).

Companies: Please Sponsor This Event
We want to give companies the opportunity to be a special part of this event. Your support is critical to the continued success of this foundation. For more information, click to download the Sponsorship Packet (PDF).

Grand Prize Drawing–Cruise for 2 on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
Departs NY July 1, 2014 (5 days). Ports of Call: New York, Halifax, Boston and back to New York.
Ocean View Cabin, Meals Included
Restrictions Apply; Tax and Gratuities Not Included. Donated in part by Cunard and CDT Travel, Inc., Newburgh
$25 each Ticket. Need not be present at the Brunch to win.

Questions? Please call Lisa 914-475-6060 or email

Please join us in making a difference in the lives of those touched by Breast Cancer.

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk April 26


The 2014 Miles of Hope Family Fun 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club with all proceeds benefiting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 26.  Once again, the Town of Union Vale is providing the beautiful Tymor Park [map] as the venue.

The 2014 event will be in honor of Marlene Weber and also in memory of Carla Bailey, who lost her battle with an aggressive breast cancer November 11, 2013. 

The survivors group photo and a special raffle for survivors only will be at 9:30 AM.

The 1-mile kids race kicks off at 10:00 AM followed by the 5K at 10:30 AM.  We encourage you to pre-register, preferably online (by April 22), but a mailed-in flyer postmarked by April 21, is OK.  Remember:  Kids are FREE if they are pre-registered ($10 on event day).  For the 5K, pre-registered participants are $25.00 ($35.00 on event day).

Click to Register Now!

Click to download the flier for complete details.

Interested in being a sponsor or having a mile marker?  contact Lori Decker at 845-677-4999

  • sponsor/mile marker info (page 2 of the  Flyer)
  • Send sponsor or mile marker donations NO LATER THAN APRIL 11 to Miles of Hope, ℅ Lori Decker, P. O. Box 452, Pleasant Valley, NY  12569
  • Mile markers must be clearly designated “In Memory of” and “In Honor of” with the name legibly and correctly spelled.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please email,

For more information see the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club web site at or email

Photos of last year’s Family Fun Run:

Hoops for Hope Sunday March 16

Hoops for Hope

Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball

The 9th Annual Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the McCann Recreation Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Hoops for Hope is the annual 3 on 3 women’s charity basketball tournament that raises funds for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Hoops for Hope allows women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play basketball in a competitive or less challenging arena depending on their choice of division.

Registration is now closed — come cheer on your team!

You can still make a donation to Hoops for Hope. Click the “Donate” button.

If you would like to volunteer to help at this event, please email

Marist Play4Kay game honors Miles of Hope and Breast Cancer Survivors

play 4 kay 2014

Marist College honoring breast cancer survivors at Friday’s Play 4 Kay game!

At the Marist Women’s Basketball game against Quinnipiac on Friday, Feb. 14, breast cancer survivors gathered to celebrate their years as survivors.

“I am thrilled to celebrate my 18 years as a survivor,” beamed participant and Miles of Hope Co-Founder‎, Dana Effron.

“For the past 7 years Marist has hosted the Play4Kay game honoring Miles of Hope and survivors,” explained Co-Founder Cathy Varunok. “We saluted 25 survivors last night and Marist had an impressive victory against Quinnipiac- it was a great event for everyone!”