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The North Fork Breast Health Coalition's Inaugural Pink Pearl Gala Honors Dr. Joseph Duva

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is holding its first gala to raise funds for breast cancer patients and survivors who live on the North Fork.

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Wading River, NY - February 3rd, 2015 - On Friday, March 20th,  the North Fork Breast Health Coalition will will be hosting thir the inaugural Pink Pearl Gala where they will be recognizing and honoring gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph M. Duva with the first Pink Pearl Spirit Award. The dinner and award ceremony will be held from 6-9 PM in the elegant ballroom at the East Wind Inn and Caterers in Wading River.

The gala was named for Pearl Philindas, past president of the North Fork Breast Health Coalition, who passed away last year. She will be honored posthumously with the first Pink Pearl Community Service Award. In addition, Janine Nebons of Tanger Outlets will receive the first Pink Pearl Corporate Leadership Award. She has been instrumental in the success of sixteen NFBHC Annual 5K Walks held at the Riverhead outlet center.   

Tickets will be available for $95 per person. To purchase individual tickets, reserve tables for a group or to inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please leave a message at the coalition office in Riverhead at 631-208-8889, email Melanie McEvoy, or visit the North Fore Breast Health Coalition's Official website.

Currently led by Susan Ruffini, the all-volunteer, non-profit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs such as the Helping Hand grants. Funds raised by the gala will also allow the group to continue to provide free services such as yoga, massage therapy, reflexology and support groups to breast-cancer patients and survivors. 

Breast cancer affects many thousands of lives and kills more than 180,000 women a year in the United States. Ann Cotton-DeGrasse and Antonio DeGrasse founded the North Fork Breast Health Coalition in 1998 because they saw a great need for such an organization on the North Fork, where there is an especially high rate of diagnosis of the disease.