Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation held its 12th Embrace Hope Gala

CDBCF honors Gina Conti of the Conti Group and The Late Alyssa Small Blatt at Sold-Out Gala


Newark, NJ, November 12, 2019 – The Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation (CDBCF) hosted its 12th annual Embrace Hope Gala on November 1, 2019.  The sold-out event raised funds to purchase a new MRI machine at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.  The event was co-chaired by Patty Anagnostis, Annette Fasciano, Patti Gargiulo, and Michele Tedesco. 

Gina Conti and The Conti Group was one of this year’s honorees. Gina joined the Foundation’s advisory board in 2016 and she now actively serves on the Strategic and Fundraising committees. Believing that you truly have everything in life if you have your health is a mantra Gina lives by.  She explains why she is so passionate about making a difference, “The impact the CDBCF has on the community by ensuring all women have access to the appropriate screening, diagnoses, treatment and support necessary to combat breast cancer is tremendously rewarding.” 

The late Alyssa Small Blatt who lost her battle to cancer in 2017 was also honored for her strength, courage, and dignity Alyssa was remembered by her husband and two daughters as her whole family came out to support a cause she was so passionate about even when she was fighting an aggressive cancer. 

Alyssa’s husband Perry Blatt accepted her award and reflected, “My wife came to the Gala two years ago to support this cause even when she was fighting cancer but never complained or let on to anyone that she wasn’t doing well. She didn’t want to take away from the time she cherished with those she loved.” 

Connie Dwyer founder of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation, commented, “This magical evening would not be possible without all of the amazing support of those who donate, attend and volunteer. Thank you all for your generous support”.

Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation

Through our sponsored facilities, the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation serves underprivileged and vulnerable women by ensuring the availability of top-quality breast-health services that include screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. The Foundation provides financial assistance to programs and needs deeming most crucial to the health and wellbeing of patients and offices collaborative support to provide resources, education, advocacy and empowerment to the women we serve.   To learn more please visit

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