Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce honors Miles of Hope founders Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok

Power of Empowerment Award 2010

(L-R) Dana Effron, Lynne Kopac, Pari Forood and Cathy Varunok- Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Power of Empowerment Award 2010

Last night at the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Empowerment Awards, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation founders were honored for their commitment to the community and to the women of the Hudson Valley.

Local breast cancer survivor and IBM employee Lynne Kopac nominated the two women because she felt they embodied the concept of empowerment.

“I help to organize the Family Fun Run every year and I see Cathy and Dana’s dedication to this foundation and to helping people with breast cancer,” Kopac said

“We are just thrilled,” Effron explained, “first to have Lynne, a good friend and great volunteer, nominate us and then to be recognized by your peers as empowering is such an honor for us.”

Miles of Hope sponsors 5 events every year – Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament, The Annual Spring Brunch, Family Fun Run, Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament and the Community Walk for Breast Cancer.

“Each year we try to emphasize exercise, good nutrition and general attention to health as essential to lessening the risk for breast cancer,” Mrs. Varunok said, “helping women become healthier is definitely empowering!”