Giving Back

Support-A-Walk Contest Winners Announced

The Most Creative Team Banner was made by Daisy Troop 10077. Credits: Deena Bell
Team Gayle was the runner up for the Most Creative Team Banner. Credits: Support Connection

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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 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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


An 'Air of Hypocrisy' at Town Hall

February 22, 2018

There is an air of hypocrisy blowing over Yorktown and it is coming from town hall. Over the past couple of weeks, I questioned the “temporary” hiring of the Oxman Law Group as legal counsel to Yorktown in a purported “interim” capacity. I have had comments of support and comments questioning my motivation. Rather than have people guess, I would like to be ...

The DACA Dilemma and the Trick of the Trickle-Down Theory

Here is our very own Sen. Charles Schumer on the Senate floor last week: “President Trump has stood in the way of a bipartisan solution to DACA, a problem he created in the first place, and yet the president is in this dream world. He thinks, ‘Oh, I can blame Democrats for the impasse.’ As I said, only in the 1984 world where up is down and black is white could this be true.

A Gold Medal for Jerry

Time advances at a relentless pace. It seems like life moves as though through a movie projector operating at triple speed. As Virgil commented, “It flies never to be regained.” We desperately try to slow its unyielding march by celebrating milestones: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, etc. The hope is that we can somehow slow the process, take a breath and enjoy the ...

I Love 'I Hate Hamlet'

Let’s face it, folks. Not everyone loves Shakespeare. Not even all actors. Andrew Rally is one of them. In fact, where there’s a Will, there’s a way Andrew will find to avoid acting in one of those famously timeless plays. And for good reason. Shakespeare tests, to the fullest, an actor’s mettle, and Andrew is strictly a TV actor.

He has just ended a star turn in the ...

I Am Woman, Hair Me Roar

When you have short hair, it is inevitable that you will spend an inordinate amount of time growing your hair out and then getting fed up and cutting it again. I have been down this hair-brained road several dozen times before, complaining for months until I am convinced my husband is going to cut it all off while I sleep just so he doesn’t have to listen to me whine about it one more ...

Should Valentine's Day Be Celebrated at School?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’ve been a third-grade teacher for over 20 years and have never allowed my students to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my class. I know my colleagues think I’m mean, but I’m refusing to celebrate it for many reasons.

1) Children hand out cards to each other and there’s always some child left out or who gets very few; 2) Children are always asked ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 25, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Heights

Kids Hamantash Bake

Religions And Spirituality

Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

Robert Kesten to speak on Property Taxes & ...


Mon, February 26, 7:00 PM

Westchester Collaborative Theater, Ossining

WCT Scene/Monologue Study Open For Enrollment Now

Arts & Entertainment Education Other

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

February 23, 2018

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet ...