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Actress Katie Holmes to speak at Rose of Hope Luncheon

Minuteman News Center

Stage and screen actress Katie Holmes will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Rose of Hope Luncheon on June 13, a benefit for the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

Holmes has appeared in several notable films, ranging from the action blockbuster Batman Begins to critically acclaimed art house pictures such as The Ice Storm and Pieces of April, in which she plans a young woman planning a last Thanksgiving dinner for her mother, who is dying from breast cancer.

The Breast Care Center, the first free-standing, community-based breast care center in Connecticut, has been helping women in the community fight breast cancer for over a decade.

In 1997, Homes was cast as Joey Potter on the WB TV series “Dawson’s Creek,” opposite James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams. The show quickly became the highest-rated series on the WB network throughout its six-season run.

Holmes’ film career began in 1996 when she landed the role of ‘Libbets Casey,’ opposite Tobey Maguire and Sigourney Weaver in Ang Lee’s award-winning drama The Ice Storm. Since then, she has worked with some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors and directors. Her credits include Curtis Hanson’s Wonder Boys, Jason Reitman’s Thank You for Smoking, and Forest Whitaker’s First Daughter. Holmes also executive produced, in addition to starring in, writer/director Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics, an ensemble romantic drama with Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, and Elijah Wood.

In 2009 Holmes co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a non-profit organization which aims to help underprivileged youth realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and works to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. One of the area’s largest and most publicized fundraisers, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Rose of Hope Luncheon takes place each year in June, with over 500 Fairfield County women and men attending. The luncheon serves as an important source of funds for the Breast Care Center’s programs for women in need, including their Medically Underserved Initiative, which provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured women. Over 700 women receive screening and diagnostic services through the Initiative each year, making it the largest program in the area.

The luncheon also raises money for the Breast Care Center’s outreach and education programs. “So many women are still unaware of their risk for breast cancer,” says Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “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.”

“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,” says Twist. “She’s a talented woman with a successful career and busy family life who makes time to help others,” says Twist.

Daneen Grabe and Linda Blackwell, both of Fairfield, will co-chair the Rose of Hope Luncheon. Both are active members of the Breast Care Center’s President’s Council and Advisory Board. Cindy Citrone of the President’s Council will serve as Special Program Chair.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Rose of Hope Luncheon will be held at the home of Patti and Tom Keegan in Greenfield Hill.

To buy tickets or for more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast