The annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party fundraiser affair is coming up Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Held at The Grove in Cedar Grove, this event is focused on raising money for what Komen calls its bold goal: to cut the number of U.S. breast cancer deaths in half in the next eight years by improving access to quality and timely cancer care and enhancing Komen’s national research focus on the most lethal types of breast cancers.

Co-chairs of the event are Michele Caselnova of Sparta and Tim and Connie Harbison of Hillsborough. The evening will pay tribute to 15-year veteran volunteer Jennie Silecchia of Chatham, an individual honoree; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, corporate honoree; and Pfizer, medical honoree.

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Patty Steele, a breast cancer survivor and co-host of the 101.1/WCBS-FM morning radio show "Scott Shannon in the Morning" will serve as masters of ceremonies.

“In some way, everyone has been impacted by breast cancer. We must continue to work tirelessly to detect, treat and ultimately prevent this awful disease,” said Kevin P. Conlin, Horizon chairman, president and CEO.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Komen New Jersey, and proud of our partnership with Susan G. Komen both locally and nationally,” said Matthew Shaulis, regional president for Pfizer Oncology of North America. 

Silecchia has been a vital and devoted member of the “family,” for 15 years, volunteering several days a week as an office assistant, working on almost every signature fundraising event, in addition to day-to-day activities.

Individual tickets are $400. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $4,000.

To purchase tickets, email, call 908-277-2904 or visit