Rose of Hope Tennis Tournaments Raise Over $36K for Norma Pfriem Breast Center

FAIRFIELD, CT - The Beth Davis Rose of Hope Tennis Tournament and first annual Rose of Hope Men’s Tennis Tournament, held September 15 and 18 at Brooklawn Country Club, raised over $36,000 for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s charitable programs. Over 90 participants took part in the men’s and women’s tournaments.  

The women’s tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Beth Davis Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. The fund helps women with metastatic disease gain access to treatment, psychosocial services and other therapies. Andy Gleeman emceed the tournament.  

This was the first year for the men’s tournament which benefits the patients and programs of the breast center. “While breast cancer is more common among women, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, and this new tournament will raise awareness,” said Mollie Milano, director of community outreach at the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  “I am so happy with the success of both tournaments and grateful to our sponsors. The players had fun while supporting a good cause and the money raised will directly impact our patients and programs. I am looking forward to next year’s tournaments.” 

The lead corporate sponsor of the women’s tournament, People’s United Bank has given over $125,000 to the Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s educational and outreach programs since 2012.

“We are so grateful to People’s United for their support over the years,” says Donna Twist, Ph.D., executive director, Norma Pfriem Breast Center. “Thanks to them, we have expanded our outreach programs and increased the number of women who get their annual mammograms, and have most certainly saved lives.” 

Courtney Yanni and Meghan DeMaria of Moss Design also sponsored the women’s tournament. Sponsors of the men’s tournament include Gina Douvas and Lisa Cerbone-Montalto of the Fairfield and Ridgefield offices of Merrill Lynch; Cindy Raney and Jason Mudd of Cindy Raney & Co.; and Bill Leavy of William Leavy Architecture.

The women’s tournament was co-chaired by Kelli Montanaro and Kathy Marsden. Kathy Marsden chaired the men’s tournament. Players came from Westport, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Wilton, Stratford and Weston.  

Norma Pfriem Breast Center provides nearly 1,500 uninsured and underinsured women with financial assistance for patient care annually. One of only 500 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital, Fairfield and Trumbull locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, genetic risk assessment, clinical trial participation as well as wellness services like yoga, nutrition counseling and massage.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital). Both Bridgeport Hospital and the Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital serve patients throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.  www.bridgeporthospital.org

About People’s United Bank

People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with over $40 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


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