Blue Foundry Bank Goes Pink in Support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Bank’s Leadership Development Program Class of 2019 focuses on providing breast care services for the underserved and facilitates sizable donation for the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.

RUTHERFORD, NJ—DATEBlue Foundry Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest community banks and providers of financial services, spearheaded a month-long fundraising effort to provide mammography, ultrasound, biopsy and MRI services for those who might otherwise go unscreened. Led by the bank’s Leadership Development Class (LDP) of 2019 and embraced by the bank and its employees, the initiative raised $2,500 to benefit the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation’s breast center in Newark.

“Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation does an exceptional job providing top quality breast-health services for the underserved and vulnerable,” said Karen Hackes, Education & Development Manager and LDP Adviser at Blue Foundry Bank.  “We are honored to align ourselves with this organization and do what we can to make a difference in the lives of members of the communities where we work and live.”

Throughout October, the 12 person LDP team successfully raised money by selling pink t-shirts and offering weekly “Cupcakes for a Cure” bake sales to fellow employees. In addition, on National Mammography Day, the bank’s corporate headquarters was awash in pink and white balloons, honoring Blue Foundry friends and family members who have beaten, are still fighting or have lost their battle with Breast Cancer.  

In its sixth year, the Leadership Development Program is conducted under the guidance of Rutgers University Continuing Professional Education department and offers employees an opportunity to acquire new and advanced professional development skills, with one of its main pillars being leadership through corporate social responsibility.

About Blue Foundry Bank: Founded as Boiling Springs Savings Bank in 1939 and headquartered in Rutherford, New Jersey, Blue Foundry Bank is a new kind of bank offering full service, crafted banking. Its deposits are insured by the FDIC. With 17 branches throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties, Blue Foundry is one of the area’s largest savings banks designed specifically for its people, the movers and shakers. Reflecting its deep roots within New Jersey, and efforts to continue to move the community forward, the bank became Blue Foundry Bank on July 1, 2019.

To learn more about Blue Foundry Bank visit or call (201) 939-5000.

This October Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Celebrates its First Anniversary

Newark, NJ, October 7, 2019 – In conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey celebrates its one-year anniversary.  Over the last year, the Center has seen a 20% increase in mammograms, with about 600 mammograms per month with a total of 7,200 per year compared to about 6,000 mammograms in 2016/2017.  The Center has a state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine that can detect 41% more invasive breast cancers and can reduce false positives by up to 40%.  Trinitas expects to double the volume of mammography to 12,000 per year by 2021. 

“At the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation, it is our mission to ensure at-risk women receive the best possible care and we couldn’t do that without all of the amazing people who help make this happen at Trinitas”, says Connie Dwyer, founder, Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Since the Center opened its doors a year ago it has become an important resource to women in our community especially for the uninsured, underinsured and minority women in the region”, says Maria Dudek, Director of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas. 

The Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation partnered with Trinitas Regional Medical Center to build a Connie Dwyer Breast Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The new center opened its doors on October 1, 2018.  The new state-of-the-art breast center offers the latest equipment and services available to provide all women with top-quality breast care from screening to diagnosis to treatment.


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.  


From the moment a woman enters the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas, she will encounter a totally different hospital experience. Our aim is not only to provide early detection and healing but to improve the entire experience of caring for a patient.  Patients come into a serene reception area and waiting room, where they are greeted by bilingual staff. The Center is equipped with three mammography suites – one of which offers advanced 3D imaging – allowing radiologists to view the breast in several layers.  In addition to mammography, we have two ultrasound suites and an advanced biopsy suite, so we are able to provide the very best in screening and diagnostic technology.  We have accomplished a great deal, but our mission to provide comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment are ongoing. We are laser-focused on continuing our life-saving work to bring healing and hope to the women of Elizabeth and beyond. 

Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation Media Contact:

Sarah Roberts


Spring Luncheon 2019

On Friday May 3, 2019  the foundation held our annual Spring Luncheon. It was, once again, hosted by Neiman Marcus, The Mall at Short Hills. We were treated to a special fashion show that featured the Akris fall collection.

It was a day to remember – we enjoyed a delicious lunch and fabulous fashions as we celebrated the success of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.  Click here to see pictures from the event. 

Joe Piscopo and the Connie Dwyer Breast Center

The CDBCF is pleased to announce that the Marketing Department at Trinitas engaged entertainer Joe Piscopo to record a 60-second radio spot promoting the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas!  The spot will run on 970AM radio during Joe’s show in the morning, and throughout the day.  Please click on the video to hear Joe’s work with a short slideshow accompaniment!


Embrace Hope 2018

On November 9, 2018 the foundation hosted their largest fundraiser of the year – Embrace Hope 2018 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ.   Pictured here are Frank D. Isoldi and Argyle Nelson, Group VP, Bloomingdale’s, who were honored for their generous support and dedication to women’s health.

More than 260 people attended to support the foundations goal to continue to support the critical needs of breast cancer patients at Trinitas Regional Medical Center by once again partnering with Trinitas to help fund a new MRI machine for the hospital.

Guests were treated to a preview of the “Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas” commercial. The commercial announces the opening of the center and provides a glimpse of the center’s aesthetics and services that enhance a patient’s experience. Click here to view the commercial.

The evening was highlighted by a silent and live auction of the finest luxury items and one-of-a -kind experiences. Everyone had had great time! Click here to see pictures from the event

Spring Luncheon 2018

May 1st was a beautiful day that saw over 200 guests enjoy a spectacular Spring Luncheon hosted by Neiman Marcus, The Mall at Short Hills, in support of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation.

The foundations Spring Luncheon is a chance for friends to get together and have fun. This year was no exception. Neiman Marcus pulled out all the stops by featuring a spring fashion show that highlighted the fashions of Brunello Cucinelli. Click here to see pictures from the event. 

Connie Dwyer Breast Center Grand Opening

Connie Dwyer officially opened the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas on October 1, 2018 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over 125 guests attended the opening, including Gary S. Horan President and CEO of Trinitas and his leadership team, J. Christian Bollwage Mayor, City of Elizabeth, Board Members of the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation, Trinitas Health Foundation, Doctors, breast center staff and most importantly the donors who made the breast center possible. A special guest appearance by Grammy Award Winning Artist, Gloria Gaynor topped off the celebration singing “I Will Survive”. Click here to see pictures from the event.

CDBCF Operation Smile at

Did you know that your Amazon purchases can mean a donation to the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation? Just specify our Foundation as your charity of choice and when you make purchases on Amazon they will donate a percentage of sales.That’s certainly something to smile about. Check out our Smile page on Amazon.

Embrace Hope October 20th 2017

Guests were greeted at Embrace Hope by a red carpet as they arrived. They shared their joy and excitement over the foundation’s commitment to open a Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The evening’s celebration was a great success and enjoyed by all.

During dinner, guests were treated to a glimpse of the wonderful professionals at Trinitas Regional Medical Center as they get ready to open their very own Connie Dwyer Breast Center!

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