Rose of Hope nets $16K for breast care center


The Beth Davis Rose of Hope Tennis Tournament benefit raised more than $16,000 for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care center. Shown, from left, are tournament co-chair Nancy Bento, speaker Sawyer Nessel and tournament co-chair Donna T. Craft.

The Beth Davis Rose of Hope Tennis Tournament netted more than $16,000 for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s community outreach programs.

More than 60 women took part in the tournament at Brooklawn Country Club on Sept. 9. Players came from Westport, Fairfield, Easton, Trumbull, Wilton, Stratford and Weston.

People’s United Bank was the lead corporate sponsor of the event.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon following the tournament, Sawyer Nessel, is the son of Amy Nessel, a Fairfield native and breast cancer survivor, who was treated at the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center. Sawyer talked about his mother’s treatment at the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center.

“The breast center is an important place for my mom,” Nessel said. “It helps her to feel better so that she is not sick all of the time. The people who work there are very special to my mom. They understand her and they make her feel special.”

He also spoke about the breast care center’s programs for kids.

“I’ve been to the center, too,” Nessel said. “Last year, I went to an arts and crafts program. It was fun. While we worked, we had a chance to talk with each other about our feelings, how cancer has affected our lives and the things we had in common. I did not want to go at first, but after it was over, I think I’d go again. The center can be an important place for kids, too.”

The event was co-chaired by Donna Craft of the center’s Advisory Board, and Nancy Bento of the center’s President’s Council.

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