Breast Cancer Foundation Announces Annual Awards Recipients

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Bay Area patient advocates will be honored May 2nd at HERS Breast Cancer Foundation's Annual People with Purpose Pink Tie Gala. Awardees include Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Washington Hospital Healthcare System Nurse Tammy Ballantyne.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation today named the recipients of its annual HERS Awards which will be presented on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the Foundation's festive and inspiring People with Purpose Gala at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, California.

Given to individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding dedication to breast cancer survivors and the Foundation’s programs, the HERS awards represent what the organization strives to provide for each of its patients: Hope, Empowerment, Renewal, and Support.

The 2020 award recipients are the Tri-City Voice, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty (District 1), Washington Hospital Healthcare System Nurse Tammy Ballantyne, and Dutra Enterprises, Inc.

The Tri-City Voice is a weekly locally owned newspaper that covers events and news of the Bay Area's diverse southeast region. Founded in 2002, the publication provides in-depth, timely reporting and is committed to encouraging understanding among Bay Area residents and communities. Its founders and owners, Bill and Sharon Marshak, are strong advocates of philanthropic causes and work tirelessly to connect those in need with appropriate services. The publication will receive the Foundation’s Hope Award.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty (District 1) will receive the Foundation’s Empowerment Award for his outstanding commitment to under-served breast cancer patients. A highly dedicated and determined patient advocate, Supervisor Haggerty has connected hundreds of survivors with HERS so they may receive the post-surgical products and services they need for physical healing and dignity restoration. Scott Haggerty will receive the Foundation’s Empowerment Award.

Tammy Ballantyne, BS, RN, OCN, has spent her entire nursing career with Washington Hospital Healthcare System. A caring and compassionate nurse with the hospital’s Sandy Amos, RN, Infusion Center, Tammy has been a nurse for 15 years and truly enjoys her second career. She is highly regarded by her peers for her expertise and professionalism, and beloved by patients for her compassion and warmth. Tammy will receive the Foundation’s Renewal Award.

Dutra Enterprises, Inc., is a regional real estate and investment company with nearly 50 years of experience coordinating projects and creating community relationships. The company's values include uplifting under-served community members and they are well known for preparing and serving lunches for participants of HERS Breast Cancer Foundation's Annual 5k/10k Walk/Run. In addition to financial organizational support, Dutra Enterprises has provided many thousands of lunches for HERS walkers and runners over the past 20 years.

For more information about the HERS Awardees, visit

In addition to the awards presentations, the May 2nd gala will include a cocktail reception with entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a three-course dinner. KTVU Fox 2 newscaster and Emmy award-winning reporter Heather Holmes will serve as master of ceremonies. The historic and stately venue, Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, California, provides sweeping views of the Tri-Valley region from its hilltop location, a perfect setting for this elegant fundraiser event. Proceeds will benefit HERS Charitable Programs which provide post-surgical products and services to low income and under-insured patients. For more information about HERS services, visit

To purchase gala tickets, visit Inquiries regarding sponsorships and donations should be directed to Tina Fernandez Steckler at (510) 790-1911.

About HERS Breast Cancer Foundation

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to support all individuals healing from breast cancer by providing post-surgical products and services regardless of financial status. The only nonprofit organization in the Bay Area that provides appropriate products (such as bras, prostheses, lymphedema garments, and wigs) for breast cancer survivors regardless of income and insurance status, HERS is now in its 23rd year providing post-surgical products of outstanding quality and compassionate, expert fitting services in spaces that are welcoming and safe.

HERS Breast Cancer Foundation’s services for breast cancer survivors are provided at three locations: Stanford Health Care ValleyCare in Pleasanton, Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Leandro, and its flagship program store at Washington Hospital in Fremont.

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