A beautiful night in the fight against cancer 

Recently, the Italian Political Independent Club of Berlin hosted its second annual dinner fundraiser, “Bella Notte Italiana” (Beautiful Italian Night), to support the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc.

“Between last year and this year, we have raised a total of just under $24,000. And this year we are so proud to have raised $15,400,” said Sandi Souza of the IPIC in Berlin.

Founded in 2004, the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative is a non-profit organization helping to find a cure for breast cancer by providing grants to support education and research in Connecticut.

The Breast Health Initiative’s 20th anniversary Race in the Park and Survivor Breakfast was held Mother’s Day weekend.

Joyce Bray, president of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, said, “One-hundred percent of money raised by CT BHI stays in Connecticut; the only program of its kind in the state.”

That’s why donations like the ones made by the Italian Political Independent Club of Berlin are so important.

“The fundraising efforts would not be possible without the help of an amazing group of men and women from the club,” Sandi Souza said, pointing out that large donations were made by the IPIC’s John Mangiafico, Jason Borselle and Pat Brushino, and that a raffle orchestrated by Patty Murphy “netted over $6,000.”


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