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Six to Be Honored at Women Making a Difference Tribute

By Alex Stackpole on 9/12/2017

The Valley Women's Health Initiative will honor women from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton at the 17th Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Tribute Luncheon and Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Thursday, October 5 from noon-2 p.m. at the Inn at Villa Bianca, 312 Roosevelt Drive, Seymour.

The tribute recognizes outstanding women who have made positive contributions to the community and have demonstrated significant achievement in their fields of endeavor, both professional and volunteer.

This year’s honorees are: Jodi Dawley, of Shelton, Donna Hayes, of Derby, Tammy Link, of Ansonia, Sheryl Riley, of Shelton; Karen Spargo, of Seymour, and Dawn Supranovich, of Seymour. Liz Kennard of Comcast will host this year’s event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Valley Breast Health Care Fund. Established in 2001, this fund is an effort to ensure that no person, regardless of age or socio-economic condition, is denied screening mammograms or diagnostic testing for breast cancer.

Supporters are encouraged to become Make a Difference and Pink Ribbon sponsors by donating for an ad in the program booklet. Ad prices range from $30 for a business card-sized ad to $1,000 or more to become a “Make a Difference” sponsor, which offers a reserved table for 10 at the Luncheon, a full-page ad, and recognition as event sponsor on all publicity.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 28.

To purchase a ticket or to make a donation, call 203-734-6945, email nvbv1952@gmail.com, or send mail to N. Valentine, 18 Farrell Drive, Ansonia, CT 06401. To become a sponsor of the event or to place a congratulatory ad, call 203-233-7639 or email dott.g@comcast.net.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Women’s Health Initiative in conjunction with Griffin Hospital, The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and Bigelow Tea of Fairfield.

The Women’s Health Initiative, co-chaired by Kate Cosgrove, of Oxford, and Dr. Stephanie Wain, of Griffin Hospital, is comprised of members of the community working toward a common goal of addressing and improving women’s breast health issues. Committee members include Darlene Breving, of Oxford; Cary Carpino, of Derby; Dolores Chew, of Beacon Falls; Christine Cooper, of Seymour; Karen T. Cusick, of Woodbridge; Dorothy Gandy, of Naugatuck; Antonietta Hallet, of Southbury; Elizabeth Johnson, of Oxford, Lisa Kechijian, of Derby, Peggy Marlowe, of Hamden, Francis Michaud, of Ansonia, Patricia Tarasovic, of Oxford and Nancy Valentine, of Ansonia. Committee membership is open to all interested persons.

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