YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Support Connection, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Team Spirit Awards. The awards were presented in conjunction with the organization’s 21st Annual Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, which took place on Oct. 4, at FDR State Park.

The Team Spirit Awards encouraged friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors to “team up” for the Support-A-Walk. The Support-A-Walk is held to bring attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, and to raise funds for Support Connection’s free support services for those living with these diseases.

For the “Most Creative Team Banner” award, teams were invited to enter their handmade banner on the morning of the walk. The following week, photos of the entries were reviewed by the contest judges: Catherine Montaldo, Support Connection’s Support-A-Walk Coordinator; Kacey Morabito Grean of 100.7 WHUD Radio’s “Mike and Kacey in the Morning” and Bill Powers of PowersPR Video, Support-A-Walk honorary chairpersons.

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The winning team banner was made by Daisy Troop 10077, a group of 13 girls who are all first graders at Beekman Elementary School in Poughquag. Troop Leader Carrie Tropea of Hopewell Junction has participated in the Support-A-Walk for many years with her family, walking in memory of her mother Caroline Puppo, who died of breast cancer. This year, she and fellow Troop Leaders Erin Carmen and Cherilyn McCann-Lee helped their Scouts create a banner replete with hand-drawn designs. The girls then gathered at the Support-A-Walk and walked together.

Team banner runner-up was Team Gayle. Team captains and sisters Stephanie and Stacey Martorano, along with their brother Kevin and father Paul, all of Stormville, have taken part in the Support-A-Walk every year since 2013. Together, along with friends and supporters, they walk in memory of their mom and wife Gayle, who died of ovarian cancer. Their banner, which is teal for ovarian cancer awareness, includes a beautiful photo of Gayle along with the following quote: “Support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and never ever give up hope.”

Awards for “Top Fundraising Team” and “Top Team-Most Donors” were announced at the Support-A-Walk. These awards were for fundraising done before the day of the Walk:

  • Top Fundraising Teams (Most Funds Raised): The winner was Team Marci. Runners up were Kim’s Krew, Saw Mill Cosmos and Sue’s Crew
  • Top Teams (Most Donors): The winner was Team Lisa. Runners up were Kim’s Krew and Debbie’s Divas.

Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, NY, but through our toll-free services and website we serve people throughout the country. To learn more, visit supportconnection.org or call: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve Been There. We Care.

Barbara Cervoni is director of services and communication at Support Connection.