North Fork Breast Health coalition president Susan Ruffini, Lucia's Angels president and cofounder Stacey Quarty, Lucia's Angels vice president and cofounder Susan Barry Roden, NFBHC vice president and gala chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski wearing a "Stage 4 Needs More" T-shirt. Courtesy photo: Steven Schreiber Photography

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition’s Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala raised about $60,000 for local breast cancer patients and survivors, organizers said.

The April 5 gala drew 220 guests to the Inn at East Wind, organizer Janice Artandi said.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition, founded in 1998 by Jamesport residents Antonio and Ann Cotten DeGrasse, provides financial assistance and services to local breast cancer patients. The group’s Helping Hands program offers $1,000 grants to patients coping with breast cancer. The grant can be used for any purpose. It also offers — free of charge — yoga, reflexology, massage, meditation, wigs and scarves.

This year, the gala recognized Lucia’s Angels, a foundation that helps women and families on Eastern Long Island with late-stage women’s cancers.

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