Embrace Hope 2022


Embrace Hope 2022

Friday, October 14, 2022

Connie Dwyer invites you to join us for an evening of dinner and dancing!

The Atrium at Embassy Suites
Hilton Berkeley Heights, 250 Connell Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Proceeds from this year’s gala benefit CDBCF and University Hospital, efforts to ensure all women in the greater Newark area have access to the new state-of-the-art mobile cancer screening unit.

Contact Sarah Roberts at sarahroberts@cdbcf.org or 973-525-8076 if you would like to be a sponsor or place an ad in the journal.

Register Here


Spring Luncheon 2022

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation invites you to the spring luncheon featuring Thom Filicia! Best-selling author, designer and international tastemaker. Seen on Emmy-winning “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Style Network, HGTV, and most recently Bravo’s “Get A Room With Carson & Thom.”

Thursday, May 5, 2022
11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Maplewood Country Club
28 Baker Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Register online: cdbcf.org/springlunch

If you have questions, contact Sarah Roberts at sarahroberts@cdbcf.org.

Download the flyer


TABLE FOR 10: $1,700*
*The first ten to sign-up to buy a table will receive a personalized autographed copy of Thom Filicia’s book.


Includes two tickets, photos with Thom Filicia, company logo on event signage, a press release, dedicated email to donors and participants, and two sponsored social media posts.

Includes company logo on event signage, a press release, and a dedicated email
to donors and participants.


Embrace Hope 2021 Hybrid Fundraiser

Friday, October 15, 2021

This year, the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation (CDBCF) is hosting the eagerly-anticipated annual Embrace Hope fundraiser as a hybrid event. To ensure we reach as many supporters as possible, we encourage past and new attendees to join us either in person or virtually on October 15, 2021. To add to the excitement, we are delighted to announce Eli Manning, legendary New York Giants quarterback and two-time Superbowl MVP, as our honoree attending the in-person event and appearing at the virtual event.

CDBCF is also thrilled to award Dr. Dipti Pandya, M.D., head Radiologist at the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ, a distinguished service award for her dedicated service and commitment to her patients and the foundation.  

The virtual Embrace Hope event will be broadcast live at www.cdbcf.org/eh with a message from Connie Dwyer and Dr. Pandya, an appearance by Eli Manning, a live auction, and text-to-donate. The live auction will include a few one-of-a-kind experiences and luxury items such as golf with Eli Manning at world-renowned Baltusrol Golf Club, a lacrosse clinic for 8 with Villanova and Rutgers local legend Connor Kirst, a timeless jewelry piece from Bvlgari, and much more. Join us for the virtual event, or to buy tickets to the in-person event, visit www.cdbcf.org/eh.  Due to the pandemic, in-person tickets are limited.  

Register here: www.cdbcf.org/eh


Virtual Watercolor Painting Workshop: How to Paint Flowers

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Join us for a virtual watercolor painting class that will ignite your inner artist taught by Rebecca Schweiger an internationally renowned artist.  Enjoy this inspiring journey of online watercolor painting classes with The Art Studio NY and learn watercolor painting techniques as you learn to express yourself through painting. Receive encouraging, non-judgemental painting instruction as you relax, relieve stress, connect with others, and feel inspired through this online painting class.  

Class registration includes all materials and a copy of Rebecca Schweiger’s book, Release Your Creativity – Discover Your Inner Artist with 15 Simple Painting Projects. 

Registration is limited to 30 participants so please sign up today! All registration fees and proceeds will be donated to the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. 

To learn more about the Art Studio NYC visit, www.theartstudiony.com


Embrace Hope Virtual Fundraiser

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Missed our virtual Embrace Hope event?  Not to worry, just click the video below to watch Connie Dwyer, a message from special guest Eli Manning, see a tour of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center and much more!

Also, click here to donate to this charitable event: EMBRACE HOPE


Celebrating 15 years since our first breast center with our Embrace Hope Fitness Challenge!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Join us in celebrating 15 years since CDBCF opened our first breast center at St. Michael’s by taking on the Embrace Hope Fitness Challenge! Register for the two-month (August 17th – October 5th) 150 miles in 8 weeks challenge and track your progress through the FREE Strava app.

Did you know that Scientific studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer and improve breast cancer survivors’ longevity and quality of life? You can participate in the Embrace Hope Challenge either individually or with a team of friends or family — simply register on our site with your email and you’ll receive information about using Strava as an individual or as a team!

Invite friends, family, neighbors, and community members to complete about 2-3 miles a day and educate others about the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation and about the importance of yearly mammograms in decreasing the risk of cancer.

We will conclude the challenge by celebrating your hard work at our annual Embrace Hope gala, held virtually at www.cdbcf.org on October 8, 2020!

Get out there, get fit, and have fun!

Sign Up!

Don’t forget to check out our Embrace Hope t-shirts to get in the spirit, work out in style, spread the word, and raise money for CDBCF! Click here to order.


What’s Certain about Today’s Uncertainty workshop

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The CBBCF invites you to attend a What’s Certain about Today’s Uncertainty workshop led by board member and performance coach, Christina Langdon, to help us navigate moving forward.

The What’s Certain About Today’s Uncertainty workshop explores the power of choice and control as a way to manage stress. Included in this hour-long session are two exercises to help the participants find focus and clarity in order to prepare for the new normal. 


Spring Luncheon featuring Guest Speaker: Jennifer Breheny Wallace

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Spring Luncheon featuring Guest Speaker: Jennifer Breheny Wallace

Dear Friends,

Given the recent developments regarding COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, we are canceling the April 1st, Spring Luncheon.  It’s our first priority to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe. 

Please stay tuned or check our web site to keep up to date on future events.  If you would like reimbursement for your ticket please email me at sarahroberts@cdbcf.org.

Thank you for your continued support, 

Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation


Embrace Hope Gala

Friday, November 01, 2019
Connie Dwyer invites you to join us for an evening of dinner and dancing.
Cocktail Reception / 50/50 Raffle / Award Presentation / Live Auction / Hope Raffle / Silent Auction


The Late Alyssa Blatt Small and Gina Conti and The Conti Group


$10,000 Gold Sponsorships are available. Your name or company name and logo will be displayed at the gala you will be featured in an on-going video, and on the invitation to our Embrace Hope Gala *. The invitation is mailed to a universe of 3,000 elite households in New Jersey. You will also receive a premium table of 10, plus a full page ad in the gala journal.

*Sponsorships are accepted at any time, however: to be included on the invitation sponsorships must be confirmed by July 31, 2019.


Individual tickets are $500 per person.


Invitations will be mailed in late August, 2019.

Auction and Journal Ads

Please consider donating an item to our auction or taking an ad in our gala journal. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.

To request more information on how you can participate, please contact us.


Spring Luncheon Fashion Show

Friday, May 03, 2019

The 2019 Spring Luncheon in support of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation will be held on Friday, May 3rd. Once again, the luncheon is graciously being hosted by Neiman Marcus, The Mall at Short Hills. Neiman Marcus will present a Fashion Show featuring the Fall 2019 Collection by AKRIS. At the luncheon a “Cookies for Connie” raffle will be available for a chance to win an AKRIS handbag! Only 125 “cookies” will be sold at a cost of $100. The winner will be announced at the end of the event. Invitations will be mailed the second week in March. With the great success we enjoyed last year, you won’t want to miss this one so get your reservations in early.

Where:    Nieman Marcus

The Mall at Short Hills

1200 Morris Turnpike

Short Hills, NJ 07078

When:     11:30 am – 2:30 pm

To request more information on how you can participate, please contact us.