The Breast Cancer Alliance’s (BCA) sixteenth annual Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show, Hats Off to Health, was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. More than 700 guests gathered to support breast cancer research, outreach and education programs. BCA President Debbie Black and Executive Director Yonni Wattenmaker welcomed the crowd. Sister Joan Magnetti, executive director of the Cathedral Education Center in Bridgeport, former headmistress of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, and a breast cancer survivor, introduced her friend and fellow survivor Cokie Roberts, commentator and analyst for ABC News and National Public Radio, as the day’s guest speaker.
The live auction raised funds for breast health services for under and uninsured women. Auctioneer Scott Mitchell encouraged attendees to wave their hats and bid for an eight-day all-inclusive vacation in India and a year’s worth of shoes from Richards of Greenwich. Dr. Susan Boolbol, chief of Breast Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center and BCA medical advisory board member, spoke about the impact of the BCA-funded breast surgery fellowships. The day concluded with a fashion show. Deafening applause rang out as the final models, all breast cancer survivors, took to the runways, walking proudly with their supporters. Patricia Burns and Amanda Davis were cochairmen of the luncheon, which raised nearly $1 million.