The DeRosa Foundation: Trumpeting 10 Years Of Dedication

Photos by Mary Jane Whalen

Kathy DeRosa, founder of the DeRosa Foundation, has made it her life mission to promote colon cancer awareness and created the foundation for colon cancer research and prevention.

DeRosa, who herself was diagnosed with Hyperplastic Polyposis Syndrome, which if left untreated would result in colon cancer, celebrated 10 years with the Decade of Dedication Gala at Oheka Castle on March 31.

Guests were greeted by two trumpeters who announced their entry into the beautiful estate. The event was a sell out with acclaimed fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo as honoree as well as colon cancer survivor and advocate. The cocktail hour included a fashion show of models dressed in originals milling about the silent auction items and delicious buffets, carving stations and raw seafood bar to fulfill everyone’s appetite.

Live music filled the rooms while patrons enjoyed cocktail hour. As guests entered the ballroom, television personality Jodi Goldberg of Fox 5 News greeted the crowd as the Master of Ceremonies.

Author Matt Jones was the motivational speaker who spoke on his own experiences as a three time cancer survivor and conquering his objective as seven times marathon runner. His book, Life’s A Marathon, is about winning strategies for success from Jone’s incredible story of conquering cancer, relearning to walk, and completing marathons.

Colon cancer is a very real threat and affects so many people including those dear to us like our friend and neighbor Stacey Fuller Cohn who succumbed to the disease last year.
The crowd of more than 350 people included esteemed guests and highly acclaimed physicians Dr. John A. Procaccino and Dr. Jose G. Guillem. The evening was a wonderful tribute for DeRosa and for the foundation.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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