At Center for HOPE luncheon: $100K raised for support programs

Event co-chairs Pam Caffray, a Greenwich resident, Jan Dilenschneider and Susan Yonce with Perri Peltz, second from left, at the The Center for HOPE’s luncheon.

Event co-chairs Pam Caffray, a Greenwich resident, Jan Dilenschneider and Susan Yonce with Perri Peltz, second from left, at the The Center for HOPE’s luncheon.

The Center for HOPE (CFH) raised more than $100,000 at their May 20 luncheon and along the way inspired attendees with a speech about health care from famed journalist and filmmaker Perri Peltz.

During her time as a decorated news journalist for such networks as NBC, CNN and ABC, Ms. Peltz covered countless stories focusing on the human aspect of public health and poverty issues. When she went behind the camera in 2011 to direct her acclaimed HBO documentary, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, she explored this theme even further.

The film followed two New York women from very different backgrounds as they underwent treatment for breast cancer. And while Ms. Peltz aimed to illustrate the socio-economic disparities present in the U.S. healthcare industry, the documentary also showed how a support network can help ease the stress of a critical illness.

During her keynote remarks at the luncheon, Ms. Peltz told an audience of more than 200 that access to care — particularly counseling and emotional support — should be available to all in times of crisis. She added that the Center for HOPE is making that possible for people in Fairfield County coping with a life-altering circumstance.

“It’s about providing support and hope to everybody, whether you can pay for it or not,” Ms. Peltz said. ”Everyone deserves that just by virtue of being a human being. So, I applaud the work the Center for HOPE does and the people who support the program.”

The luncheon, co-chaired by Darien resident Jan Dilenschneider and Greenwich residents Pam Caffray and Susan Yonce, raised more than $100,000 for the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids — Family Centers’ critical illness and bereavement support programs.

Family Centers is based in Greenwich.

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