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Raising Hope

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

JoAnn Keller, Katie Holmes, Jack Barnes and Manny Andrade

Photographs: Jamie Collins photography

Not even the rain could dampen the spirit of this year’s Rose of Hope Luncheon, to benefit the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. Once again, Patti and Tom Keegan opened the doors of their beautiful Fairfield home to host the event, which proved to be the center’s most popular luncheon yet. Though outside was gray and rainy, a sense of brightness and hope filled the air under the sprawling tent. Katie Holmes, the actress and philanthropist who has appeared in television shows and films such as the blockbuster Batman Begins and The Ice Storm, delivered the keynote address. Katie reminded the attendees of the center’s lifesaving services and how lucky the community is to have caring physicians and staff to assist during the difficult treatment and recovery process. Catherine Simpson shared her moving story as a patient of the center. Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Wealth Management accepted the 2013 Rose of Hope Award on behalf of his company’s charitable support of the center. Events like these will ensure that the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center will continue serving the community for years to come.