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Darien Women Model For Breast Cancer

Darien women turned out Tuesday night to show support for friends and family members who have suffered through breast cancer and to raise awareness. The "Pretty in Pink" event was at the Atria Senior Care Center in Darien, which was decorated all in pink, and all proceeds went to Stamford Hospital's Women's Breast Center .

"This is the first time we've done this here," said Wendy Winnick-Baskin, director of Atria Darien. "We're really happy to do it. It's a great opportunity for women to get together and support women we've known with breast cancer."

The evening featured a fashion show by Helen Ainson Darien, as well as a makeup and massage chair by Red Door Spa and custom jewelry by Ariana Evangeline. Hors d'oeuvres and wine were served.

"There should be more fund-raisers like this," said Marcia Beszczak. "It's been really friendly and enjoyable."

Eileen Shaughnessy won a gift basket filled with shampoo and other items in the raffle. She said she will split it with her niece and daughter-in-law, who both have breast cancer. "I've had three family members who've had it. It's certainly a worthy cause," she said.

Michelle Palazzo, manager of patient services at Stamford Hospital, was very pleased. "It's phenomenal. We've been doing our 'Paint the Town Pink' campaign all month to raise awareness for early screening and detection. This is such a beautiful event."

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