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500 to Celebrate Spring and Breast Cancer Programs this Sunday

brunch2013The 10th Annual Spring Brunch for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie is this Sunday, May 4, from 11- 2:00.

“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
“Each scholarship recipient will receive $3000 toward their college expenses,” explained Miles of Hope co-Founder Cathy Varunok. “The Scholarship Committee made up of current and retired educators and community leaders chose these high school seniors from a list of very qualified candidates.”

“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.”

Pink Friday in Warwick raises $1000 for Miles of Hope

pink friday checkThe merchants of Warwick, NY banded together to create PINK FRIDAY to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
In the photo, Tim Mullally, owner of Style Counsel and Blue stores in Warwick, and organizer of Pink Friday, presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with a check for $1,000 for support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
“This was the 2nd Annual Pink Friday,” Mr. Mullally said, “and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Thank you Tim Mullally and all of the Warwick merchants, you allow us to further our mission and help those who need us.

Click to read more about Pink Friday 2013

Team SFH/Molloys Raises $10,000 for Miles of Hope!


SFH-Molloy2013Team St. Francis Hospital and Molloy’s Pharmacy raised $10,000 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of the Community Walk for Breast Cancer at James Baird State Park on 10/6/13.  Flanking Miles of Hope ED in the photo are from l-r: Mary Luvera, SFH Cancer Center; PF (pink shirt, blue skirt); SFH Physical Therapist Dori Kerner; SFH Human Resources, Wendy Devens.

“Money keeps pouring in from the extraordinarily generous employees of these two iconic Hudson Valley organizations,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. She continued: “At the Walk, St Francis/Molloy’s Team was the largest team with 74 walkers and they raised the most money as well. We are indebted to all of these committed and motivated fund raisers; they understand how important our mission is and they help us directly by allowing Miles of Hope to support people in treatment for breast cancer right here in the Hudson Valley.”

SFH Human Resources Director Wendy Devens explained that the funds were raised throughout September in preparation for the Walk: “Money was raised through a lottery basket raffle, bake sales, candy sales, condo raffle, walkers & general donations,” she explained. “Every year we get ready for the Miles of Hope Walk and SFH employees get involved by creating various ways to raise money. So many of us have been affected directly by breast cancer that it is natural for SFH and Molloy’s to want to help.”

Miles of Hope Thanks Sponsors, Volunteers, Vendors, and Donors

Survivors at the Fun Run

Survivors at the 2013 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk

Lori Decker and the Miles of Hope 5K Event Committee would like to thank all our fantastic sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and those who donated anything and everything (food, gift certificates, raffle items, etc.) to make our 10th anniversary a success.  We raised almost $20,000, thanks to everyone who helped and participated.  We would also like to thank the Town of Union Vale Town Board and Rob Mattes, Director of Parks & Recreation, for letting us use beautiful Tymor Park as our venue since 2009.

Photo shows survivors and number of years of survivorship in parentheses:

Back Row, left to right: Sarah Herman (5), Connie Haven (11), JoAnn Dourdis (16), Dina Scecchitano (7), Donna Milano (5), Bernadette Pikul (4)

Front Row, left to right: Sheila St. Onge (1), Joan Matheis (1.5), Diane White (1 – 2013 Honoree), Lynne Kopac (10), Sue D’Angelo (4.5)


Adams Fairacre Farms Pin Up program raises $10,000+ for Miles of Hope

Adams Pinup Program

Miles of Hope’s Pari Forood, (navy blue sweater, far right) with Poughkeepsie Adams winning cashier Roe Annunziata (green Adams shirt), Adams Manager Jenn Noll (pink shirt) and other members of the Adams team.

Adams Fairacre Farms raised over $10,000 during a Pin Up program at all four locations in honor of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. As an incentive for cashiers, the Poughkeepsie Galleria donated $100 gift certificates to the cashier who raised the most donations. Pictured with Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood, (navy blue sweater, far right) is the Poughkeepsie Adams winning cashier Roe Annunziata (green Adams shirt) and Adams Manager Jenn Noll (pink shirt).

Every year, Adams runs a pin up program to honor Miles of Hope.

“This year was our most successful year ever for the Pin Up programs,” explained Jenn Noll. “All of the cashiers got very competitive with each other and Miles of Hope is the beneficiary!”

“We are indebted to all 4 Adams locations for their dedication to the cause of breast cancer awareness,” said Pari Forood. “The donations from this program will go to support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.”

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk Photos and Thank You!

Family Fun Run 2012

Family Fun Run 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2012 Family Fun 5K Run!

Tag yourself on the Family Fun Run photos on Facebook.

Photos are available in the Miles of Hope Photo Gallery and on Shutterfly (Bob Kopac, Deb Pierantozzi).

The survivor group photo has been posted.

Times are posted on the MHRRC website.

Miles of Hope Thanks Volunteers, Vendors and Supporters

It takes much effort on the part of many dedicated volunteers, vendors, and contributors to result in a successful Miles of Hope race. Many thanks to all of these who devoted so much energy and time to making this event a success. We appreciate your support of local families touched by breast cancer.


Laurissa Agosta (5K Committee)
Nicole Alger and the Marathon Project
Chip Blue
Claude Bodley
Amber Campanaro

Miles of Hope Wins ElfWorksLane Egg Decorating Contest

ElfWorksLane Eggs

An Entry in the Egg Decorating Contest

ElfWorksLane has announced that Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is the winner of their First Annual Egg Decorating Contest!

The funds for the award were raised by a silent auction for the eggs.

ElfWorksLane,  “the cutest little vintage and consignment shop ever”, is located at 2 Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, phone (845) 485-5202. Click to see their Facebook page.

A great fundraising idea! Many thanks from Miles of Hope.

East Coast Salon Raises $2500 for Breast Cancer Programs


East Coast Salon Staff

The East Coast Salon, 2776 West Main St. Wappingers Falls, NY, raised $2500 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation during a cut-a-thon held at the salon.

“We have a few clients who have had breast cancer and we wanted to do something special for them as well as for this worthy local charity,” Sue Gasperini, owner of the salon said.

“We came up with the idea of a cut-a-thon along with pink hair extensions and the staff was very excited.”

Miles of Hope is a 501-c-3 public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“When Sue called to say they had raised over $2000, we were so impressed!” stated Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “Many salons in the Hudson Valley run promotions for us especially during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year with 20 salons participating we received more donations than ever before in the foundation’s eight year history.”

Miles of Hope has given away more than one million dollars in eight years for support programs for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“Pin up program” at Adams Adams Fairacre Farms raises funds for Miles Of Hope


The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation received a donation from all three Adams Fairacre Farms stores from a pin up program the stores ran in September and October.

Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston Adams Fairacres Farms donated $6400 to Miles of Hope from donations made while customers were checking out with their groceries.

Adams Fairacre Farms

Cashiers and employees of Adams Fairacre Farms Poughkeepsie pose with Jen Noll (red shirt, long blond hair on right; and Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-Founder in black pants suit on far right)

“Adams has been running this program for us for a couple of years each September and October,” explained Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Executive Director.

“This year, through the extraordinary efforts of Jen Noll and her team of cashiers, they were able to increase their donation considerably from last year’s $4200 donation. We are very grateful to everyone at Adams who helped us to raise this money in September and October, Breast Cancer Awareness month,” she said.

Jen Noll, Adams Human Resources Asst Director, explained that AT&T donated a smart phone as an incentive for the cashiers. “When the cashiers saw the prize for the cashier who encouraged the most donations, they really stepped it up,” she said.

“We can’t wait to add Wappingers (the new Adams location due to open shortly) to the mix next year and increase our donation to Miles of Hope,” she said.

“Adams Fairacre Farms has been generous to us since our inception,” explained Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-Founder. “They donate food to Goals for Hope in August and help us with other events as well. We are indebted to them for their support throughout the years.”

Walk for Hope Photos Posted

Dana Effron, Lucille Chiocchi

Miles of Hope co-founder Dana Effron (left) hugs Walk honoree Lucille Chiocchi.

Photos from the Community Walk for Breast Cancer last weekend have been posted online. Click to see the photos.

We had 600+ walkers & raised more than $60K. The St. Francis team triumphed again for size and fund raised!

If you attended, click to review the event on

Thank you to all the donors, sponsors, volunteers, walkers and organizers! What a great day!