Pink Pearl Gala Raises $60K for Breast-Cancer Patients and Survivors

North Fork Breast Health Coalition President Susan Ruffini, President and Co-Founder Lucia's Angels Stacy Quarty, Lucia's Angels Co-Founder and Vice President Susan Barry Roden and NFBHC Vice President and Gala Chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski at the 2019 Pink Pearl Gala, which recognized Lucia's Angels for their work with Stage Four women's cancer patients. Steven Schreiber photo

On Friday, April 5, the North Fork Breast Health Coalition celebrated breast-cancer survivors, providers and caregivers at the Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala of the non-profit organization. The event drew 220 guests and raised $60,000 for breast-cancer patients and survivors. The cocktail reception, seated dinner and dancing to music selected by DJ Phil was held at East Wind, Wading River.

This year’s gala was a tribute to Lucia’s Angels, which was represented by President and Co-Founder Stacy Quarty as well as Co-Founder Susie Barry Roden. The foundation is committed to helping women and families on Eastern Long Island with late-stage women’s cancers including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine cancer. Lucia’s Angels was created in loving memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan.

“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,” said Ms. Quarty. “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.”

“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,” says Gala Event Chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski.