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Big Y Raises More Than $230,000 for Local Breast Cancer

In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative “Partners of Hope” to 24 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. This month long program reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that are so vital for many. In October, Big Y raised $222,386 which was donated to the following organizations:


Boston, MA - Mass General Hospital, Gillette Center for Breast Cancer

Boston, MA - Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Breast Oncology Program

Boston, MA - Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers

Boston, MA - Boston Medical Center, Belkin Breast Health Center

Longmeadow, MA - Survivor Journeys, Breast Cancer Program

Northampton, MA - Cancer-Connection

Northampton, MA - Cooley Dickinson, Women’s Health Care

Pittsfield, MA - Berkshire Medical Center, Women’s Imaging Center

Springfield, MA - Baystate Health Foundation, Rays of Hope

Springfield, MA - Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Breast Care Center

Worcester, MA - Saint Vincent Hospital, Breast Care Clinic

Worcester, MA - U Mass Memorial Health Care, Comprehensive Breast Center

Worcester, MA - Family Health Center of Worcester Center, Lois B. Green Breast Health Center


Hartford, CT - Hartford Hospital, Partnership for Breast Care

Hartford, CT - St. Francis Foundation, Comprehensive Breast Health Center

Manchester, CT - Eastern CT Health Network, Breast Care Collaborative

New Britain, CT - CT Breast Health Initiative

New London, CT - Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation

New Haven, CT - Yale-New Haven Hospital, Breast Cancer Program

Norwich, CT - Backus Hospital, Backus Cancer Center

Stafford Springs, CT - Johnson Memorial Hospital, Breast Care Center

Torrington, CT - Charlotte/Hungerford Hospital, Pink Roses Program

Waterbury, CT - St. Mary’s Hospital, Breast & Oncology Center

Willimantic, CT - Windham Hospital Foundation, Oncology Program

According to Big Y CEO, Donald D’Amour, “Big Y is committed to promoting breast cancer awareness to our community. Over the past ten years, we’ve made tremendous progress thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees. In addition, these funds benefit local programs throughout our region. It is truly a collaborative effort.” Since 2007, the chain has raised $1,789,885 for this cause.

During the entire month of October, Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from both the Floral and Produce Departments. Additionally, for every package of Big Y®, Top Care®, Full CircleTM, World Classics Trading Company®, and PAWS Happy LifeTM pet products, @Ease, Simply Done and Tippy Toes by Top Care Big Y donated five cents between October 6 and October 12. The Big Y Butcher Shop donated ten cents from every pound of All Natural Angus Beef® and Big Y Smart Chicken® to breast cancer research during the entire month of October. Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center also donated $5.00 for every flu shot given. Big Y’s pink reusable, earth-friendly shopping bag highlighting the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign were also available and every store promoted Partners of Hope pink ribbons for $1 from October 1st through October 31st as a way of generating additional proceeds for local breast cancer organizations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.