Lorraine LoMonaco, a returning board member of the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition (WIBCC), is a notable figure in the Long Island community for her impactful contributions to breast cancer awareness and support. In 2012, she masterminded the Pink Flags of October movement in collaboration with the former administration of Good Samaritan University Hospital. This movement has since become an inspiring annual tradition, providing a space for reflection and honor for those affected by breast cancer in Long Island.
The Pink Flags initiative invites community members to personalize ribbons in honor or memory of loved ones, which are then displayed on flags. This act of remembrance not only raises awareness but also supports the WIBCC's Lend A Helping Hand (LAHH) program through donations.
Alongside her husband Nick, Lorraine co-owned and operated the Villa Monaco Restaurant for over five decades. The restaurant was more than a business in the community; it was a gathering place that epitomized the spirit of family and togetherness. Lorraine and Nick extended their warmth to the community, treating patrons like family and hosting numerous fun fundraisers at the restaurant. These events, including guest bartending and ravioli eating contests, were not only entertaining but also significantly contributed to supporting the WIBCC.
Lorraine's dedication to her community, her passion for helping those affected by breast cancer, and her commitment to bringing people together, make her an invaluable member of the WIBCC and an esteemed figure in Long Island.
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