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“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 (stitchesofhope.org/) 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.”
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.”
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!
“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
“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.”