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Helen Hunt to headline Rose of Hope

May 7, 2019

WESTPORT — Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt will be keynote speaker at this year’s Rose of Hope Lunch, a benefit for Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center.

The event takes place at 11 a.m. June 5 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. All proceeds benefit Norma Pfriem Breast Center’s programs and services for women in need. The Breast Center, part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, is an innovator in breast care in Connecticut and a model for breast centers throughout the state.

This year’s luncheon will mark the 20th anniversary of the Breast Center, which is dedicated to providing leading edge and compassionate care to breast cancer patients. Connecticut has one of the highest rates of breast cancer incidence in the country. Norma Pfriem Breast Center works to reduce the impact of the disease on the community.

Hunt is known for her Emmy-winning work on the NBC sitcom “Mad About You,” her Oscar-winning performance in the film “As Good as it Gets,” and for her appearances in such 1980s premium cable staples as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Project X” and “Quarterback Princess.”

As an actress, her extensive and diverse body of work includes roles in film, theater and television. She is also an accomplished writer, director and producer.

Singer Sophie Beem (“Glow,” “Girls Will be Girls”) will also perform. Discovered and developed by Beyoncé, Sophie Beem is a rhythmic pop singer and songwriter born and raised in New York City. Her first EP garnered placements in the movie “Bad Moms,” the HBO series “Insecure,” and other projects.

Kassandra Savicki, a breast cancer survivor treated at Norma Pfriem Breast Center, will speak about her experience. Savicki, a 39-year-old mother of two young who was working full time when she was diagnosed, faced challenges unique to young cancer patients. In the beginning, she was overwhelmed, but her team at the Breast Center guided her through her journey.

The luncheon is open to the community. For tickets and information, call 203-255-5546.