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Pitt's Agnus Berenato to Be Honored by Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen

Berenato with John Petersen at this past season's Pink the Petersen contest.

Berenato with John Petersen at this past season's Pink the Petersen contest.

May 21, 2012

PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball head coach Agnus Berenato will be honored by the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the CureÒ  on Thursday, June 7. Berenato, entering her 10th season at Pitt this fall, will be presented the Terri L. Chapman Award during Komen Pittsburgh’s A Celebration of the Promise dinner at LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood.

“I am extremely humbled to receive the Chapman Award,” said Berenato. “I personally knew Terri Chapman, and it is an amazing honor to represent her name as I saw first-hand the battle she waged against this dreadful disease. I hope I can represent Terri with courage and dignity. I am happy to team with the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to educate and bring awareness as we continue to fight breast cancer.”

Komen Pittsburgh introduced the Chapman Award in 2010 to honor the memory of a long-time member of the Board of Directors and volunteer. The award recognizes an individual who has significantly advanced the Komen Promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find a cure. Recipients of the Chapman Award also   demonstrate the leadership standard Terri Chapman established by serving as a champion of Komen Pittsburgh within the organization and the community.

“Agnus is the perfect recipient of this award,” said Kathy Purcell, executive director of the Komen Pittsburgh Affiliate.  “She embodies the same standards of excellence as Terri Chapman along with the same fiery passion for our cause.”

Berenato has been a vocal supporter of Komen Pittsburgh, breast cancer survivors and co-survivors. Since losing her mother to breast cancer more than 20 years ago, Berenato has instrumental in educating women on the importance of early detection. She is a frequent participant in Pittsburgh’s Race for the Cure, serving as the 2011 Honorary Chair of the event. She was responsible for introducing Pink the Petersen, an annual home game held in February during which the Panthers don pink uniforms and hold events to raise awareness and funds for the Pittsburgh Affiliate.

A Celebration of the Promise begins with a reception at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at LeMont Restaurant. The awards presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit www.komenpittsburgh.org or call 412-342-0500.