Apple Honda general manager Bill Fields, presents a check for $8,500 to North Fork Breast Health Coalition vice president Melanie McEvoy-Zuhoski Nov. 7 at its Route 58 new car showroom. Also pictured are, from left: County Legislator Al Krupski, Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, Apple Honda executive assistant Linda Hulse and controller Dawn Vogel and NFBHC board members Phyllis and Anton DeMartino. Photo: Peter Blasl

Apple Honda’s breast cancer awareness month fundraising campaign raised $8,500 for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition.

The Riverhead auto dealership donated $50 for every car it sold during the month of October, national breast cancer awareness month, and $1 for every service order during the month.

This was Apple’s sixth annual fundraising drive for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition. The event has now raised more than $42,000 for the organization, which provides financial assistance and services to local breast cancer patients.

“We so appreciate what you do for us every year,” NFBHC vice president Melanie McEvoy-Zuhoski told Apple Honda general manager Bill Fields at a check-presentation ceremony at the Route 58 dealership Wednesday morning.

“We feel like we’re partners — like family,” she said. “This helps us continue and even increase our services. It goes a long way,” McEvoy-Zuhoski said.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Helping Hands program offers $1,000 grants to patients coping with breast cancer. The grant can be used for any purpose. The group also offers — free of charge — yoga, reflexology, massage, meditation, wigs and scarves. The services are provided at the coalition’s office at 185 Old Country Road in Riverhead (opposite DMV plaza).

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