Scinto to receive Rose of Hope Award

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Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director, Norma Pfriem Breast Center; Bob Scinto, Rose Hope Award Winner; Kelly Scinto, Breast Center’s Manager of Development and Community Outreach.

Bob Scinto, owner of R. D. Scinto, a real estate development company, will receive the 2016 Rose of Hope Award, which recognizes the charitable work of an individual or organization. The award will be presented at the annual Rose of Hope Luncheon, a benefit for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center. The luncheon takes place on June 14 in Greenfield Hill. The Breast Care Center, the first free-standing, community-based breast care center in Connecticut, has been helping women in the community fight breast cancer for over a decade.

Scinto has been a friend and supporter of the NPBC since its inception. Fifteen years ago, he made space for the nonprofit in one of the buildings he owns through his real estate company, R. D. Scinto. Bob was taken by the Breast Center’s mission to do something which, in 1999, was new: to be a place where women could get help regardless of their financial situation. Since then he, his family and staff have contributed their time and expertise to help the Breast Center stay and expand in its current location. He has been a sponsor of the Rose of Hope Luncheon, the Pink Pledge and the Breast Center’s academic breast conference. He provides emergency grants for patients. His reward for his generosity, he says, is “hearing the testimony of people who, if it wasn’t for the Center, would have no hope.”

Scinto leads a successful business he built from scratch. His properties have helped the region’s business community thrive. “To much who is given, much is required” are words he lives by. He supports community programs like the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, whose board he chairs, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fairfield Country, Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut and the Boys Club/Girls Club of Bridgeport.

One of the area’s largest and most publicized fundraisers, the Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s Rose of Hope Luncheon takes place each year in June, with over 600 Fairfield County women and men attending. The luncheon serves as an important source of funds for the Breast Care Center’s programs for women in need, including their Medically Underserved Initiative, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women. Over 1,000 women receive screening and diagnostic services through the Initiative each year, making it the largest program in the area.

The luncheon also raises money for the Breast Care Center’s outreach and education programs.

The event is sponsored by John and Connie DeMattia and the DeMattia Family Foundation with Benefactors Tom and Patti Keegan. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is supporting the event as Lead Corporate Event Sponsor. Land Rover Milford is the VIP Champagne Reception sponsor.

The Norma Pfriem Breast Center remains dedicated to providing leading edge care for all those battling breast cancer. Connecticut has one of the highest rates of breast cancer incidence in the country. The Norma Pfriem Breast Center works to reduce the impact of the disease on the community.

The luncheon is open to the community. For tickets and information call 203-255-5546.

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