The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation 5th Annual Brunch on May 3, 2009, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie honored the Dyson Foundation and the memory of its former President, Dr. Anne Dyson. Over 400 guests attended the function for a silent auction, brunch, a slide show of the past year’s activities and the presentation of an award to Mr. Dyson representing his family foundation.
“This year we didn’t know how the community would be impacted by the recession,” said Dana Effron, Co-Founder of Miles of Hope. “But as it turns out, the attendance was the same as last year and the Silent Auction made even more money than ever before.”
Final numbers are still pending, however, preliminarily, the Spring Brunch brought in $108,105 to Miles of Hope for support services for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.
“We don’t fund research,” explained Cathy Varunok, the Foundation’s other Co-Founder. “We figure there are enough organizations out there funding the next medical breakthroughs and we are indebted to them and salute them. But we saw a need right here in our community for support for people in treatment for breast cancer and we aim to fill it every day.”
Miles of Hope has funded programs at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, Benedictine Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital, Barrett House, Support Connection of Yorktown, Cancer Support Team of Mamaroneck, Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Centers in Newburgh, Family of Woodstock in Kingston, just to name a few.
“All money raised in the Hudson Valley stays in the Hudson Valley, helping our friends, colleagues and family,” stated Lisa Arnoff, Brunch Committee Chairman.
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit public charity established to provide funding for programs and services supporting those affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley.
Read more information and see more photos on our brunch page.
Discount designer jean company, Charity Denim, will bring designer jeans to the Rittenberg Lounge in Mather Hall at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. on Monday, May 4 from 10:30-4:00.
Trinity’s chapter of the National Sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma will host the jean company with proceeds benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation – www.milesofhope.org/old
Trinity Sophomore and KKG Member, Hilary Novik, organized the clothing sale to benefit this breast cancer foundation near her home.
“We have an obligation to do charity work and we look forward to giving Miles of Hope a big donation to assist them in funding programs for people affected by breast cancer.”
Jeans will be on sale from brands like Hudson, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for all mankind, people’s liberation, etc.
The designer jeans on sale normally cost between $140 and $200 retail. Their reduced price tags range from $45 and $85 at the sale. For each pair sold, $5 will be donated to Miles of Hope.
“This program is a unique way to support our philanthropy, while offering people an opportunity to purchase brand new jeans at discounted prices,” Novik said.
“College students like to look nice, and it is even better to support a good cause at the same time,” President and founder of Charity Denim Steve Price said.
He started the company about a year ago when he tapped into the large market of college girls who are willing to pay a fortune for a pair of the latest designer jeans. At the end of each season Charity Denim buys left over inventory directly from the manufactures, which are “happy to help out,” according to Price.
The company has been to many campuses across the country, and has also done sales in private homes. Charity Denim donates to whatever philanthropy the host decides.
Novik organized the event after hearing about it from sorority sisters in New York who have participated, and raved of its success.
“It is great to raise money for such a wonderful cause that affects people everywhere,” she said.
“What makes this different from any other philanthropy on campus is that you don’t have to buy a ticket or form teams, and you can come and go when you want,” Novik added.
Bella Luci Salon and Elizabeth Boutique will host “Recession Chic: A Runway for Breast Cancer” on Thursday April 30th at 6:00 PM. It will be held at Bella Luci Salon at Dooley Square in Poughkeepsie.
This will show the fabulous women of the Hudson Valley that classic beauty is timeless and easy to achieve.
The Runway Fashion Show will have models of all ages demonstrate hair, makeup and clothing that can make every women a recessionista!
Tickets are a minimum donation of $15 to make a difference in the lives of millions. All proceeds for the event will benefit Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
There will be door prizes, goodie bags, cocktails and appetizers.
Both Rebecca, owner of Bella Luci Salon and Beth, owner of Elizabeth Boutique have loved ones and many clients who have been affected by breast cancer. This fashion show is one of many ways Elizabeth Boutique and Bella Luci Salon raise awareness and funds for breast cancer programs. Teaming up with Miles of Hope for this event will help many local women win the fight against breast cancer
The Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament at Marist College unofficially raised over $23,000 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. (funds are still being collected at this time) With 48 teams and 500 players it was the biggest tournament of its kind in the area. 1000 spectators came to watch their moms, sisters, daughters and friends as the competition was fierce and friendly all at the same time. Live Action was covered on channel 18 local cable news.
The annual tournament 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.
“We had former high school and college players as well as women who haven’t played in years competing in separate divisions this year,” explained Maureen Seipp, chairman of the event.
“We accommodate all levels and abilities – everyone can play and have a good time,” she added
“Hoops helps us highlight the importance of exercise and staying in shape as good for the body and the mind. Friendly competition of this type is a natural stress reliever. Everyone smiles on the court no matter how spirited and that makes the whole day fun and rewarding,” said Cathy Varunok, Foundation Co-Founder.
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, NY.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 marks the day for the 4th annual Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
The tournament will be held at Marist College at 9:00 a.m. using 10 half courts for 3 on 3 competitions. Forty teams will participate. Spectators are welcome.
Foundation Founder Cathy Varunok said: “All of the sports competitions that we sponsor are designed to be a friendly message emphasizing the benefits of exercise to all women. Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament in August and this basketball tournament are not about winning or losing, but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health.”
Tournament Chairman Maureen Seipp remembers playing basketball in high school as a highlight of her adolescence: “I always loved basketball and the camaraderie with my teammates and I have missed it since high school. With this tournament we have attracted everyone from former college players to basketball moms who are tired of sitting on the sidelines. Most have a connection to breast cancer and they are either playing in honor or memory of a loved one or friend.”
This year Miles of Hope honors Mary Ann Leddy, mother of a staunch Miles of Hope volunteer Shannon Leddy, and a 25 year survivor of breast cancer. Mary Ann was diagnosed at a time when medical technology and programs were not as advanced as they are now and survival was not an automatic outcome. She too is a fighter and an inspiration to us all, raising a family, volunteering in her community and reminding us that nutrition and exercise – taking care of yourself – are key components to a long and healthy life.
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, NY.
For more information: Maureen Seipp – 845-705-8024 or Cathy Varunok – 845-464-6882
Visit the Hoops for Hope page on Active.com.