Pinktoberfest raises funds for breast cancer awareness

The Young Emerging Professionals (YEP), an organization of business people in their 20s and 30s, hosted its annual Pinktoberfest to raise money for The Valley Goes Pink breast cancer initiative.

The biggest fund-raising event held annually by YEP, it took place this year on Oct. 10 at Molto Bene Italian American Kitchen in Ansonia.

Pinktoberfest featured a photo booth, DJ, beer and wine tastings, food, raffle, and networking opportunities.

Pinktoberfest is one of the many events taking place as part of The Valley Goes Pink, an effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital.

Working for a solution

Kayleigh Apicerno, YEP secretary and Pinktoberfest Committee co-chairman, said the event reflects the desire of YEP members to better the community.

“Being involved in the community is one of our core values, so supporting Griffin Hospital and being able to raise awareness of breast cancer aligns perfectly with what we stand for,” Apicerno said.

“Breast cancer has affected our area more than most. It is an honor and a privilege to be a small part of the fight for a solution,” Apicerno said.

According to the 2011 Komen Connecticut Community Profile, two Naugatuck Valley communities — Shelton and Naugatuck — were identified as having breast cancer mortality rates higher than the state rate.

Supporting the community

YEP gets business people in their 20s and 30s involved in supporting the community and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and works to make the Lower Naugatuck Valley a more energetic, exciting and active place to work and live.

Learn more about YEP at or 203-925-4981.