More than 350 people attended Support Connection, Inc.’s Thirteenth Annual Gala and Silent Auction on April 10, 2010 at Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor. As a highlight during the evening of dinner, dancing and fundraising, Support Connection presented their 2010 Spirit Awards which are given each year to honor those who contribute to the organization’s mission by providing inspiration, time, talent and other resources.
Photo: Peer counselors Andrea Karl of Putnam Valley, Tina Coyle of Granite Springs and Robin Perlmutter of Briarcliff Manor received Spirit of Caring Awards.
This year’s Spirit Award recipients were:
Spirit of Hope Awards: Support Connection’s Peer Counselors: Tina Coyle, Granite Springs, NY; Andrea Karl, Putnam Valley, NY; and Robin Perlmutter, Briarcliff Manor, NY: Honored for their kindness, compassion, and dedication, and for making a positive difference in the lives of so many people living with breast or ovarian cancer who have come to Support Connection for help.
Maria Rubino Jennings Spirit of Caring Award: Amy Sayegh and “Community Cares”: Mahopac, NY: Honored for exemplifying Maria’s belief in helping others. Under Amy’s leadership, “Community Cares” supports families in medical crisis with meals, laundry and cleaning services during cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Spirit of Giving Award: Douglas Dill, Yorktown Heights, NY: Honored for his numerous years of consistent, selfless, and generous support of Support Connection’s mission.
Spirit of Community AwardS: Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, Lagrangeville, NY; and The Beth C. Tortolani Foundation, Manhasset, NY: Honored for their long-term commitment to Support Connection’s mission, enabling the organization to maintain and enhance their counseling services.
Humanitarians of the Year: Robin and Gary Murphy and the staff of Maid Brigade, Valhalla, NY: Honored for their generosity which helps lighten the day-to-day load of people affected by cancer, as well as their time and efforts to increase awareness about Support Connection’s mission and to raise funds their programs and services.
Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through their toll-free hotline and website they serve people throughout the country. With Support Connection, those living with breast and ovarian cancer don’t have to face it alone. To learn more, call 914-962-6402 (toll-free: 800-532-4290) or visit www.supportconnection.org.
In front, peer counselors Andrea Karl and Robin Perlmutter, Spirit of Hope Award recipients; Pari Forood, Spirit of Community Award recipient and executive director of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation; Nancy Lee, Spirit of Community Award recipient and Board Member of the Beth C. Tortolani Foundation; Robin Murphy, Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient of Maid Brigade; Tina Coyle, Spirit of Hope Award recipient, Support Connection peer counselor; and in back, Cathy Varunok, Spirit of Community Award recipient and co-founder of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation; Amy Sayegh, Maria Rubino Jennings Spirit of Caring Award recipient and founder and director of Putnam Community Cares; Douglas Dill, Spirit of Giving Award recipient; and Gary Murphy, Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient of Maid Brigade
Doug Dill of Yorktown Heights, center, Spirit of Giving Award recipien, with Jane DeCoursey and Alex Besterman, also of Yorktown Heights.