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Linnea Brown, Pat Capaldi, Lucille Russo Marranzini (Aunt Lucy), Anne Neustadter, Joan Pesce, Bernadette Strecher, Ann Szapor
As the Oncology Staff and Breast Health Coordinator at AtlantiCare, Linnea serves as a navigator, educator, advocate and ‘cheerleader’ for women with breast health concerns. She has organized team support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund Mother’s Day Race in Atlantic City.
Lucille began her career as a professional entertainer in musical theater and radio and started the Boardwalk Star Review in 1954. She gave up entertaining in order to encourage children to develop their artistic talents. Several child performers from the Boardwalk Star Review went on to professional careers in acting, singing, and dancing. Lucille received awards from many local organizations such as the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the March of Dimes Telethon. The Lucille Russo Theater on the Garden Pier was named in her honor.
Inspired by the compassion of Ruth Newman (a past honoree of the ACWHF), Anne Neustadter served as donations chair of RNS for over 20 years, handling all the Tributes, the Tree of Life at both Atlantic City and the Mainland Divisions of the Atlantic City Medical Center and the River of Life at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Her philanthropic service took her to the Board of Seashore Gardens and the Women’s Division of the Federation of Jewish Agencies. A recipient of several awards, she devotes her time to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund which her brother, Roy Goldberg founded in honor of the mother who is a breast cancer survivor.
Joan Pesce’s spirit of volunteerism started at age 16 when she joined the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs. She found her calling when, as a nurse, she went to work at the Children’s Seashore House. She spent countless hours of her own time accompanying the children’s outside activities and enriching their lives. Her volunteerism extended to numerous civic organizations such as the ARC, the Atlantic County Women’s Center and the Soroptimist International of Atlantic City. – Deceased
Bernadette’s 34 years of volunteerism includes service in a broad spectrum of organizations, including the Mainland Jaycee-ettes, PTO’s, as Girl and Boy Scout leader, the Special Olympics, the LPGA ShopRite Classic, RNS , Skate America, the Charity League, Atlantic County Crime Stoppers and the Miss America Pageant. She received the New Jersey Key Women #192 Award for service of excellence.
Ann has dedicated her career as a nurse to improving the health status of women and their families in Atlantic County. She is a Commissioner on the Atlantic County Advisory Commission on Women and serves on the Executive Board of Healthy Mother/Healthy Babies of Atlantic City as well as on the Board of Directors of the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. She was the 2006 Co-Chairperson of the AtlantiCare United Way Campaign.