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Pink Friday in Warwick, Oct. 10

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Tim Mullally presents Miles of Hope E.D. Pari Forood with a Big Check after Pink Friday 2013

On Friday evening, Oct. 10, the Merchants Guild of the Village of Warwick, Bon Secours Charity Health System and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will join in the celebration of the 3rd annual “Pink Friday.”

Pink Friday, which evolved from “Think Pink,” a local fund raiser for breast cancer research, is the brainchild of Warwick businessman Tim Mullally, who presented the idea to the Warwick Merchants Guild.

The event, a festive as well as educational evening, is sponsored by Bon Secours Charity Health System Community Outreach.   The Bon Secours Charity Health System is comprised of St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern  and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.

“You can expect to see local hair salons providing makeovers and eyebrow threading, massages and henna tattoos,” Mullally said in the press release announcing the program. “Also on the Railroad Green there will be a lineup of dance performances and fitness demonstrations. And we’ll have music to dance the night away.”

Besides the many colorful shops and eateries participating and offering special discounts, gifts and other promotions, there will also be several dozen street vendors along Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

The BSCHS Community Outreach program, stationed in a large tent on Railroad Green, will offer free educational information and gifts for all attendees.

Staff members from the Women’s Imaging Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital will be on hand to describe the many services they offer.

Participating shops and restaurants will donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to Miles of Hope, a nonprofit charity that funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley. And Pari Forood, executive director of Miles of Hope, will be on hand with information on support services for people affected by breast cancer.

“We are honored to partner with the Warwick Merchant’s Guild on Pink Friday,” said Barbara Demundo, system director of Outreach for Bon Secours Charity Health System. “This inaugural event promises to be the beginning of something powerful – something that has the potential to save lives.”

Click to download flyer/poster

Info: Tim at 845-986-6996 or 

Yoga for Hope Sept. 14

pergolaSunday, September 14th, 2014, 9:30AM at the James Baird State Park, Pleasant Valley, NY [map]. Gentle yoga class to benefit Miles of Hope. On the lawn near the pergola across from the Shelter 2 sign. Weather permitting. No pre-registration required. $20 donation, All proceeds to benefit Miles of Hope. Instructor:Kathy Delia, RYT, Path to Bliss Yoga.
Flyer |  Contact Rachel or 845-723-4302.

The Walk for Hope Challenge

“Hi, I’m Dana Effron, co-founder of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary, and I have a challenge for you. On October 5th, we’ll be walking a 5K at James Baird State Park.

“Everyone who registers, here’s your challenge:

“Raise a hundred dollars. Ask ten friends to support you. And then ask one of them, or all of them, to take the challenge too. We can raise a lot of money, and raise a lot of support and care for family and friends affected by breast cancer in [New York's] Hudson Valley. Can’t wait to see you on October 5th.”

Click to learn more about the Community Walk for Breast Cancer — Walk for Hope and register.

Rock & Bowl 4 Breast Cancer Aug. 16

mardi-bobSaturday, August 16, from 3:30-8:00 p.m. all are invited to Rock & Bowl 4 Breast Cancer at the Mardi Bob Lanes on Taft Ave in Poughkeepsie to benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event will have a free buffet for all participants with food provided by River Station, Sal’s Deli in Highland, On A Roll Deli, Highland; McAulley’s, and more!

Four live bands will play all afternoon: Down to the Bricks, The Ceesar Band, Juke Box Junkies, and S.A.T.O.

The competition is open to the public. The tournament will have 4 people teams or 2 people teams – cost to compete is $25/person. Everyone is encouraged to compete whether accomplished bowler or beginner!

Sign up at Mardi Bob or at Let’s Jam Music (Rt. 55 LaGrangeville)- (845) 471-4400. There will be prizes for high individual score and high team score as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and salons, and Hudson Valley Renegade items. All are welcome to come and enjoy the music without bowling  for a $10 donation to Miles of Hope. Look for the Adams Fairacre Farms breast cancer tractor parked outside the entrance to the Bowling Lanes!

Larry Helweg, organizer of the event said: ”there is breast cancer in  my family as well as here at the bowling alley– breast cancer is everywhere — we just wanted to help people affected by it in the Hudson Valley. Donating to Miles of Hope, helps those in treatment and their families and friends.”

“Thank you to Larry and all of the people who take it upon themselves to raise money for breast cancer programs by donating to Miles of Hope. We are humbled by their support,” added Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament 8/04/12


Saturday, August 2, marks the day for the 11th annual Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The tournament will be held at the LaGrange Soccer fields with team check-in beginning at 7:15 a.m. Games will begin at 8:00 and spectators are welcome. There will be a concession stand with lunch, drinks and snack items throughout the day — all proceeds go to Miles of Hope.

 Tournament Co-Chairman Mary Schanz said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from teams from all over the northeast United States. What started as a friendly competition to benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation has turned into a large scale event promoting health and exercise for women of all ages and athletic ability.”

 “The best part of the competition is that it brings the soccer moms onto the field!” said tournament Co-Chairman Amanda Tierney. “They’ve been sitting on the side lines cheering for their kids, now it’s time for the kids to cheer for them!”  

The Tournament Chairman announced: “2014 Goals for Hope tournament will be held in honor of Christine Galloway. Christine is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She and her husband, Robert, have been supporters of the Beacon Soccer Club since its inception in 1978. The Galloways are active, selfless community volunteers, and grandparents of soccer players.  Christine has always been a  Goals for Hope active supporter, even taking to the field herself for a couple of years!   Please join us on Saturday, August 2, to honor this wonderful woman!”

More than 700 women will be competing at four different levels of play.  “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 is not about winning or losing but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health,” explained Cathy Varunok, co-founder of Miles of Hope and a Goals for Hope participant.

Goals For Hope Registration

Goals For Hope – Donation site

2014 Tournament Facts:

  • 700 women, 18 to 60+ years old, playing on 54 teams in divisions that range from Soccer Mom to Competitive 7 v 7.

  • Teams are comprised of women mainly from Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties, NYC, Long Island and New Jersey.

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.”

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.

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: