Junior League of Youngstown hosts Pink Ribbon Tea


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SPECIAL TO THE VINDICATOR Junior League of Youngstown sponsored the 22nd annual Pink Ribbon Tea in October at Stambaugh Auditorium. There were 485 guests including breast cancer survivors who attended free of charge. This was made possible by underwriters, sponsors and league members. JLY made a $500 donation in honor of Joanie Abdu to benefit the Joanie’s Promise fund through the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown. The donation will be used for women who are under-insured or without insurance and cannot afford the fees associated with a mammogram. For information about JLY, call Paige Rassega, membership chairman, 330-743-2000. From left are Barbara Banks, co-chairman of the tea; Dr. Rashid Abdu, founder of the Abdu Center; and Patricia Greene, co-chairman.

The Junior League of Youngstown sponsored the 22nd annual Pink Ribbon Tea at Stambaugh Auditorium. Dr. Rashid Abdu served as Honorary Chairman.

There were 485 guests at the celebration, where breast cancer survivors attend free of charge, made possible by donations from the group’s underwriters, sponsors and Junior League members. The Junior League of Youngstown made a $500 donation in honor of Joanie Abdu and will benefit the fund of Joanie’s Promise through the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The funds will be used for women who are under-insured or those who are without insurance and cannot afford the diagnostic fees associated with a mammogram.

The Junior League of Youngstown has served the Mahoning Valley for more than 85 years. This local non-profit organization will solidify its commitment of helping women celebrate survival. The Pink Ribbon Tea has had approximately 7685 participants since the event began in 1994 during the LPGA Tournament in Howland. Members Sue Berny and Annette Camacci were the catalyst who honored breast cancer survivors and tied the event into the Ladies Professional Golf Tournament, LPGA. The LPGA, at one time, had breast cancer as its focus issue.

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, the Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in the 291 Leagues in four countries.

The Junior League of Youngstown is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For more information to join, contact Membership Chairman Paige Rassega at 330-743-2000.

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