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Katie Holmes to headline at breast-care fundraiser in Fairfield, CT

Fairfield Citizen

Actress Katie Holmes will be the keynote speaker June 13 at the Rose of Hope Luncheon, the major annual fundraiser for the Fairfield's Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, the center has announced.

The luncheon is planned at the Greenfield Hill home of Patti and Tom Keegan and typically is attended by about 500 men and women, the center said.

Holmes has starred in television, film and on stage.

In the 2003 film "Pieces of April," she played a wayward young woman who plans a Thanksgiving dinner to reconcile with her estranged mother, who is dying from breast cancer.

"We're so excited to have Katie at this year's luncheon, helping to us to get the message out about breast cancer screening and early detection," Dr. Donna Twist, the center's executive director, said in a news release. "She's a talented woman with a successful career and busy family life who makes time to help others.

Tickets to the luncheon are $300, and proceeds benefit a wide range of programs offered by the center, including those that target poor women.

Holmes gained wide recognition after she was cast in 1997 as Joey Potter on the WB-TV series "Dawson's Creek," opposite James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams. The show became the network's highest-rated series throughout its six-season run.

On the large screened, the 34-year-old actress has starred in a variety of films, ranging from the action blockbuster "Batman Begins" to the crime drama "The Gift" to art house pictures such as "The Ice Storm." Other film credits include "Wonder Boys," "Thank You for Smoking" and "First Daughter."

Holmes also played Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Greg Kinnear's JFK in the 2011 TV miniseries "The Kennedys" on the Reelz Channel.

She married actor Tom Cruise in 2006 and they were one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples until Holmes filed for divorce last year.

The couple has a 7-year-old daughter, Suri, and Holmes is active in children's charities.

In 2009 she co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to help underprivileged youth become professional dancers and works to support dance education in the U.S.

She also is active in the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Along with Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, she was named to Love Our Children USA's 2009 Mothers Who Make a Difference List.

The Rose of Hope Luncheon supports the Breast Care Center's programs for women in need, the center said, including its Medically Underserved Initiative, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women. More than 700 women receive screening and diagnostic services through the Initiative each year, making it the largest program in the area.

Proceeds from the luncheon also support the center's outreach and education programs.

"So many women are still unaware of their risk for breast cancer," Dr. Donna Twist, the center's executive director, said in a news release. "We feel its part of our mission to get the message out to women: early detection can save your life. Breast cancer is treatable and often curable when found early."

During the luncheon, People's United Wealth Management will receive the 2013 Rose of Hope Award, which recognizes the charitable work of an individual or organization.

For ticket information, call 203-255-5300.