Apple Honda Controller Dawn Vogel, NFBHC Vice President Bernadette Tuthill, Apple Honda General Manager Bill Fields, NFBHC President Melanie Zuhoski McEvoy, NFBHC At-Large Director Janice Jay Young at Apple Honda yesterday. Photo: Alek Lewis

Apple Honda raised $6,100 for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition as a part of its annual breast cancer awareness fundraising campaign this year.

The dealership has now raised a total of $71,642 for the coalition since 2013.

The organization, 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.

“It’s a fantastic organization and we’re going to continue supporting it,” Apple Honda General Manager Bill Fields said.

The dealership donates $50 for every new vehicle sold and $1 for every dealership service in the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The dealership sold 94 cars and serviced over 1,200 vehicles. They also raised money from various giveaways. 

Donations can be made to the North Fork Breast Health Coalition online or by check to P.O. Box 523, Riverhead, NY  11901.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]