MARY’S PLACE HONORS WNBC’S PAT BATTLE & HUSBANDS OF VOLUNTEERS: INSPIRATION TRUMPED TEARS

Under a full moon in Ocean Grove, inspiration trumped tears during the “Let’s Build it Together” fundraiser for Mary’s Place

Michele Gannon with WNBC anchor Pat Battle.  Mary's Place honored Battle at a fundraiser in Ocean Grove on Saturday.

Michele Gannon with WNBC anchor Pat Battle. Mary’s Place honored Battle at a fundraiser in Ocean Grove on Saturday.

by the Sea on Saturday.

More than 250 survivors and supporters attended the event at the Ocean Avenue home of William P. Gannon, held to further a capital campaign for the construction of the new facility planned for 24 Main Street.

WNBC anchor and breast cancer survivor Pat Battle, integrative medicine specialist Jean Marie Rosone and the husbands of the charity’s many local volunteers were among those honored during the event.

“Mary’s Place by the Sea is a beacon of love, hope, and light for all women dealing with cancer,” said Linda Brinkmann. “It provides women with the tools to help ourselves and each other during a critical time in our lives.”

In May, Michele Gannon and Maria McKeon, the organization’s founders, announced plans to construct a new facility and began the $2 million fundraising campaign.  The facility will increase the charity’s bandwidth to 10 total guest rooms and enable it to offer nutrition and cooking classes as well as space for local support groups.  The groundbreaking is scheduled for late fall.

“This event was filled with generosity, gratitude and love,” said Maria McKeon.  “Our community motivates us and inspires us each day to work hard for women on a journey with cancer. It is an honor to be a part of this mission.”

Since its founding in 2009, Mary’s Place has helped 3,500 women fighting cancer.

To make a reservation or donate, visit MarysPlacebytheSea.org.  Read The Coaster and TheBPlot’s coverage of the organization’s new facility announcement (including architectural rendering) by clicking here.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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