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Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala Honoring Lucia’s Angels

Nicole Barylski

North Fork Breast Health Coalition Board Members and breast cancer survivors Janice Jay Young, Phyllis DeMartino, Vice President and Gala Chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski and President Susan Ruffini display their pink roses at last year's Pink Pearl Gala. (Photography by Steven Schreiber)

North Fork Breast Health Coalition (NFBHC) will host its Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Taking place at East Wind in Wading River, this year's fête will once again commemorate breast-cancer survivors, providers and caregivers, in particular Lucia's Angels, which will be represented by President and Co-Founder Stacy Quarty as well as Co-Founder Susie Barry Roden. The organization, which was established in loving memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan, is dedicated to aiding women and families that reside on Eastern Long Island with late-stage women's cancers, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine cancer.

"The needs of our stage-four cancer patients are very unique and continually changing. Advances in treatment and treatment options, changing insurance policies and other patient support services determine how we can best help our patients now," Quarty noted. "We continually ask, 'What would make your life more comfortable today?' Our goal is to provide the best financial and emotional support we can during a difficult and challenging time."

The Pink Pearl Gala will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner and music from DJ Phil of Make Some Noise DJs.

"It is our privilege to recognize the work of Lucia's Angels. We are so grateful to them for supporting the most vulnerable and very bravest of women who are dealing with late-stage cancer," added Gala Event Chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski.

Tickets to the Pink Pearl Gala are $125 per person and $95 for breast-cancer survivors. Attendees are encouraged to don pink.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition's mission is "to encourage and assist in the prevention, early intervention, and cure of breast cancer through advocacy, awareness, networking, and research. The funds we raise go directly to programs such as 'Lend a Helping Hand,' which provides grants to patients on the North Fork who are being treated for breast cancer."

East Wind is located at 5720 Route 25A inWading River. For more information, call 631-208-8889 or visit www.northforkbreasthealth.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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