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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

Salons of the Hudson Valley Support October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

East Coast Salon

The Gasperini family of the East Coast Salon presents a check to Pari Forood of Miles of Hope

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  As in past years, salons, spas and mail salons across the Hudson Valley will be helping to raise money for Miles of Hope through donations and the sale of merchandise.

If you are a salon owner and would like to participate, email details of your participation and a photo to and we will publicize your event via email, blog, and Facebook. You can download and print a poster showing your support (click to download). After the event, email us and tell us about your event and how much you raised, and include any photos –  we will use this for follow-up publicity. Any checks should be made payable to Miles of Hope. You can write a check for any cash and mail checks, along with a short note, to: P.O. Box 405, Lagrangeville, NY 12540.

Clients of Hudson Valley salons: if your salon runs October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotions or other events, please give them your support.   If your salon is not already a participant you can click to download the poster to print and show them how they can join in.

East Coast Salon held Hair for Hope on Sunday October 12th.

Month-long promotions:
Eclectic Studio: Pink Hair Extensions for $10 donation to Miles of Hope — Call 845-471 3698 for appointment
Studio One Hair Design, New Paltz: Donation of portion of pink retail product sales, and services on Fridays (“Wear Pink on Fridays”), plus a raffle. Call 845-255-5505 for details and appointment
Bella Luci Salon, Poughkeepsie: Portion of sales of pink hair extensions, gift bags, certain services. Call 845-452-5824 for appointment
VaZa Salon, Ossining, NY: will donate 10 percent of profits from PINK hair extensions to Miles of Hope. Call 914-800-9137 for your appointment.
Cartier’s Salon, LaGrangeville, NY:  Pink hair extensions for a donation to Miles of Hope. Call 845-473-8445 for appointment

Click to see some of the Salon events for past years.

Community Walk for Breast Cancer Sunday October 5


Take the Walk for Hope Challenge!

Please join us for the 12th annual Walk for Hope / Community Walk for Breast Cancer, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at James Baird State Park, Pleasant Valley, NY [map] .   The Walk is 5K in distance, with a shorter garden walk available for those not able to complete the 5K.

The registration fee is $30 per adult through midnight on Sunday, September 21, and then $35 until the day of the Walk. Kids under age 12 walk free with a paying adult. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Registration is at 9:00 am, opening ceremonies 9:30, walk starts at  10:00.
Online registration is available now — click the button below to register, either as an individual, as a team captain or as a member of a team. The registration page also has complete details of the Walk. Free t-shirt if you register by midnight on  September 20th!

Did you know you can create a fundraising page, either individually or as part of a fundraising team? Click to download an information sheet.

You can also sponsor a road sign in honor or in memory of someone (deadline: September 24). Other sponsorship opportunities are available, such as t-shirt or event sponsorship. Unable to walk with us but still want to donate? Make a donation of any size to the Walk.

Click the button below to sponsor or donate to the Walk.

There will be prizes for:

  • Individual who raises the most money
  • Team that raises the most money
  • Team with the most walkers

Click to download a poster

We much prefer walkers to register online. But if you wish to register on paper, click to download the registration form.

See photos of last year’s Walk in our gallery.

Hits for Hope Softball Tournament Oct. 11 & 12


The 2014 “Hits for Hope” Women’s Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 11, and the Men’s Softball Tournament on Sunday, October 12, at the Beacon Memorial Park, Beacon, NY [map].

Online registration is open now. Click a button below to register for the women’s or men’s tournament. Team entry fee for the women’s tournament is $250, with a free t-shirt to players who complete their registration by Sept 20. Team entry fee for the men’s tournament is $275.


All players must submit a signed waiver, on or before game day.
Download Women’s Waiver | Download Men’s Waiver

We are reaching out to family, friends and local and national businesses for support of this event with the following sponsorship/donations available:

$500“HOME RUN” SPONSORSponsor Sign, t-shirt sponsor, acknowledgement in program
$250“TRIPLE” SPONSORT-Shirt Sponsor
$150“DOUBLE” SPONSORSponsor Sign
$100“SINGLE” SPONSORAcknowledgement in program
We would also be grateful for your donation of any amount.

In addition we are looking for product donations such as cases of water, cases of Gatorade, concession snacks, bagels, rolls, etc., as well as gift cards. Your support will be greatly appreciated and will directly benefit those in need.

Click to download the information packet for details on sponsorships/donations and payment options.

Click to donate to Hits for Hope now.

Community Walk for Breast Cancer Kickoff

10YearsStampWednesday, 9/10, noon at the Poughkeepsie Journal Building courtyard, (inside lobby if raining) community leaders will help the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation to kick-off upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and the Community Walk for Breast Cancer on October 5, at James Baird State Park (see for details).
“County Executive Marc Molinaro, State Senator Terry Gipson, Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Kari Reiber, Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik and Walk Chairman and Poughkeepsie Journal Publisher Barry Rothfeld will speak briefly about breast cancer and the importance of preventive care,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “The message this year is that all of us can take steps to reduce our cancer risk. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly are essential to reducing the risk of cancer,” she added.

Senator Terry Gipson will present Miles of Hope co-founders Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok with a special NYS Senate proclamation at the event.

“After the short remarks by our elected and appointed officials, the County Executive and I will walk around the block with city and county employees to show our solidarity for the promotion of exercise,” Ms. Forood stated. “We invite the press to join us!”

The 12th annual Community Walk for Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, NY.
More about the Walk.