Minette’s Angels Sets First Fundraising Walk


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The Minette’s Angels Foundation, the Verona-based charity that supports breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, has used many different approaches to fundraising in its more than 15 years of existence. But on Sunday, September 29, the charity will hold its first fundraising walk, appropriately enough in Verona Park.

Registration is now open for the Minette’s Angels Foundation inaugural Walk In The Park. There is a $30 walk fee and online registration ends September 24 at midnight. The event will open at 11 a.m., with the walk around the park to run from 1 to 4 p.m.

The walk’s honorees include Pat and Barbara Filoso, the owners of Hillcrest Farms in Verona; Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr;, and four surgeons from the Center for Breast Health & Disease Management at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center: Drs. M. Michele Blackwood, Elissa J. Santoro, Sarah S. Schaefer and Janette H. McDermott.

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For more information on participating, volunteering or sponsoring the walk, see the walk’s website.

The Minette’s Angels Foundation honors Minette Grosso McKenna, a Verona resident and nurse who died in 2003 after a long battle against breast cancer. In addition to its work for breast cancer patients and their families, the Foundation provides scholarships to Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing and it funds the pink gear that Verona High School athletes wear in every October for breast cancer awareness month.

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