Women making a difference honored

Eight to be Honored at Women Making a Difference Tribute

The Valley Women's Health Initiative will honor women from Shelton, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford and Ansonia at the 15th Annual Women Making a Difference in the Valley Tribute Luncheon and Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. - 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: Antonietta Hallet and Susan Petrizzo, both of Shelton. Anne Miller-Lynch of Ansonia, Caroline O’Bar, of Beacon Falls, Grace Torres and Ruth Tuccio, both of Derby, and Elizabeth Pisano, of Oxford.

A Special Recognition Award will be presented to Martha Dulla-Andrade of Grassy Hill Lodge for her contributions to the Valley and long-standing support of this event. 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.

Make a Difference and Pink Ribbon sponsors are sought for the event booklet. Benefits include a table at the event and recognition during the event. Sponsorships start at $30 for a business card sized ad.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person. Reservations are due by Sept. 15.

The event is sponsored in conjunction with Griffin Hospital, The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and Bigelow Tea of Fairfield.

To purchase a ticket or to make a donation, call 203-888-3290 or email:katecosgrove7@yahoo.com., or send a letter to the attention of C. Cooper at Radiology Dept., Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, CT. 06418.

To become a sponsor or place a congratulatory ad, call 203-233-7639 or emaildott.g@comcast.net.

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 health issues including breast cancer awareness. Committee members include Daun Barrett, Cary Carpino, Dolores Chew, Christine Cooper, Karen Cusick, Dorothy Gandy, Antonietta Hallet, Elizabeth Johnson, Lauren Kazzi, Peggy Marlowe, Frank Michaud, Mia Talamelli, Patricia Tarasovic and Nancy Valentine. Committee membership is open to all interested persons.