Rockaway resident Brion Brandes was honored as a member of Susan G. Komen’s inaugural class of Pink Tie Guys at their March 4th Pink Tie Affair at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. Brandes, who is Executive Vice President of Business Development for Spectra BioPharma Selling Solutions, is just one of the top executives and business leaders in northern New Jersey who have made a personal commitment to actively and financially support the Komen mission to save lives and end breast cancer. As a Pink Tie Guy, Brandes will serve as an ambassador and advocate for breast health action and breast cancer awareness, and help mobilize, energize and engage individuals and groups in the breast cancer movement.


“I am proud to be part of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, and honored to be named as one of their founding Pink Tie Guys,” says Brandes. “I will work tirelessly to help support the fight in honor of my mother, Linda, and in memory of my sister-in-law, Sammy. The time is now, to double our efforts and our funding to help prevent, detect and treat this devastating disease. We need to do all we can to help as many families as we can who are going through the same challenging times my family faced, so that some day, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren won’t even know what breast cancer was.”

The inaugural class of Pink Tie Guys also includes: Robert Schultz (Boonton Township) and Ashley Schultz (Millburn), Owners, Schultz Furrier; Neal Schuman (Upper Saddle River), CEO & President of Arthur Schuman, Inc.; Joe Sheridan (Hillsborough), President & COO of Wakefern Food Corp; and Kenneth P. Wenger (Maplewood), Senior Vice President of PNC Investments. “Our Pink Tie Guys are critical to realizing our vision of a world without breast cancer,” says Kelly Witkowski, Executive Director of Komen North Jersey. “They bring a unique male voice to the urgency of finding a cure. We are deeply grateful to have their support on so many levels, and we are looking forward to working with them to inform, influence and inspire our communities.”

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Through Pink Tie Guys, Pink Tie Affair, the annual Race for the Cure® and other events and activities, Komen North Jersey raises funds to support local community non-profit organizations that provide screening/diagnostic services, breast health/breast cancer education, treatment support, and survivorship programs for underserved women and men in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. Since its founding in 1997, Komen North Jersey has awarded over $16 million in local community grants, and has directed $7 million to national research programs in pursuit of new breast cancer screening techniques, better and more effective treatment options, and ultimately, the causes and cures to eradicate breast cancer forever.

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