13th Annual Ladies of Port Richmond Breakfast Fundraiser a Success
For the past thirteen years, the Ladies of Port Richmond have been holding events throughout the year for breast cancer awareness. At the end of each year, the Ladies donate money raised for breast cancer research, awareness and education.
To kick off this year’s series of fundraising events, the Ladies of Port Richmond held their 13th Annual Breakfast Fundraiser at the hall of St. George’s Church (2700 Venango St.). Mary Lou Leuters, President of the Ladies of Port Richmond and breast cancer survivor, spoke to Spirit News about the breakfast.
More than 100 people came out to support the Ladies at the event. Breakfast foods served included potatoes, eggs, ham, and sausage, as well as donated rolls from Stock’s Bakery and donuts from ShopRite. Guests participated in chances and the lottery that were held as part of the fundraiser. Baskets made by Marie Contino were also given out.
This year, Sister Mary Ripp, principal of Our Lady of Port Richmond Regional Catholic School, was recognized for her diagnosis of breast cancer earlier this year. The children from the school raised money for the Ladies on behalf of Sister Mary. The Ladies gave Sister Mary a bouquet of flowers at the breakfast for her recent completion of chemotherapy. Sister Mary has been continuing her work as principal through her treatment, which Leuters values.
“Many people hide from saying [they have breast cancer], but Sister Mary is showing people to get out there,” Leuters said.
Sponsors of the Ladies showed their support. Representatives from Jefferson, Holy Redeemer and Nazareth Hospitals were in attendance. Pete Ammons from ShopRite presented a $5,000 check to the organization.
“People have been really good to us,” Leuters said.
The total amount of money raised from the breakfast is still being counted, but Leuters believes they made over $2,000 for breast cancer from the breakfast alone. The Ladies’ next event is a Breast Cancer Walk on May 21. Leuters hopes to draw more people from Fishtown and Bridesburg.
“The Ladies of Port Richmond is a Riverwards thing,” Leuters said “[I hope all neighborhoods] get our there for the walk.”
For anyone who wants to help with the next event or anything involving the Ladies of Port Richmond, contact Leuters at 215-427-3222. •