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Pink Party 2012 - Who's On Stage?


Laurie Perez

Award-winning reporter Laurie Perez is native of South Windsor. She's thrilled to be working in Connecticut covering stories that affect the communities and people she loves.

Prior to Fox CT, Laurie worked as a reporter at WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina. Her first job was reporting at the CBS affiliate KEPR-TV in Kennewick, Washington.

Laurie has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She earned her undergraduate degree at Tufts University and is a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School.

Laurie is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

In Washington, South Carolina and here in Connecticut Laurie has been honored for her writing and interviewing. She has been nominated the past four years for the Emmy for Best Overall Reporter in New England. Laurie is the host of Fox CT's weekly political show "The Real Story."

"Come Fly With Me"™
The Music of Frank Sinatra
Featuring: Rob Zappulla and His Orchestra

Not many vocalists have performed with the most popular big band of all time - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. From January 2001 to February 2009, Rob was the featured vocalist for this famous big band. The affiliation has taken this great singer on tour with the Orchestra around the globe and all the way to the 2005 President’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

Rob will tell you that it has been his honor and privilege to perform with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of the legendary late Buddy Morrow. Morrow, who performed with Tommy Dorsey, declared that Zappulla’s talent, his rich baritone voice, his own style and interpretation of the Great American Songbook, and his prior experiences as a professional, dynamic entertainer was a perfect match for the great Orchestra. Rob has been performing live for the past thirty years with his own group as well, and continues to present his high energy performances.

Anne Morris
Executive Director
Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

An accomplished professional, Ms. Morris has more than 20 years experience in not-for-profit business development, project management and resource administration and almost 10 years in the corporate sector in financial management and human resources.

Morris is currently the Executive Director of the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for Cure. As ED, she is responsible for fundraising, fiscal and administrative management, outreach and grant making for the organization. In her four years at Komen Connecticut, Morris has led the organization to an unprecedented double digit annual growth in revenue and has increased the Affiliate’s visibility throughout the state. For each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut has funded over $1 Million in community grants to local breast health organizations providing services to women in need.

Morris, a tireless advocate for the cancer cause in Connecticut, also sits on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Cancer Partnership. The Partnership is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating a statewide Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, which aims to reduce the burden of cancer and assist individuals throughout the course of the disease.

Kristen A. Zarfos, M.D., F.A.C.S
Medical Director, Comprehensive Breast Health Center
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Kristen A. Zarfos, M.D., F.A.C.S, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has an active practice in general and endocrine surgery, and breast care. Her numerous awards include: the Official Citation for Outstanding Dedication, Commitment, and Advocacy for the Women of Connecticut from the State General Assembly, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Division of the American Cancer Society. She was introduced by President Clinton at the 1997 State of the Union Address for her advocacy on behalf of women with breast cancer.

Dr. Zarfos was instrumental in passing legislation that restored a woman’s right to hospitalization the day of a mastectomy in Connecticut, and subsequently, nineteen other states. In 2008, she worked with Governor Rell to launch a statewide colon cancer awareness and early detection campaign and is currently working on prevention and earlier detection initiatives for women in high risk categories for breast cancer.