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Shelton Resident Susan DeLeon Receiving Caring Heart Award

Susan DeLeon, former director of The Umbrella, will be honored with the Caring Heart Award along with The Heart Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital, at The 11th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness and Caring Heart Award Brunch on Saturday, March 12.
Susan DeLeon, former director of The Umbrella, will be honored with the Caring Heart Award along with The Heart Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital, at The 11th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness and Caring Heart Award Brunch on Saturday, March 12. Photo Credit: Contributed

SHELTON, Conn. — Susan DeLeon of Shelton, former director of The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, will be honored with the Caring Heart Award at the 11th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness and Caring Heart Award Brunch on Saturday, March 12.

The award recognizes individuals and groups who foster initiatives to promote and improve the general health and well-being of all.

DeLeon served as director of The Umbrella, a domestic violence shelter in Ansonia, for more than 25 years.

She is a marriage and family therapist who has received many community recognitions for her work with The Umbrella and BHCare, including the Lillian Chrostowski Award from TEAM, Inc., the Silver Seal Award from the Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Gateway Community-Technical College.

The Heart Wellness Center at Griffin Hospital will also be honored with the Caring Heart Award. Griffin Hospital’s free Heart Wellness Clinic helps those with congestive heart failure stay well.

The Caring Heart Award is presented by the Women’s Heart Wellness Committee, whose primary focus is to increase heart disease awareness among women.

There will be presentations by Griffin Hospital’s Department of Radiology Chair Dr. Devika Jajoo on ways to take care of one's health and Certified Diabetes Educator Mary Swansiger, on diabetes prevention and management.

There will also be blood pressure and diabetes testing and consultation.

The brunch will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Griffin Hospital Dining Room, 130 Division St., Derby. Tickets for the brunch are $25. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Heart Wellness Fund, which supports heart wellness programs for women in the Valley. Valet parking will be available.

For more information on the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence, click here.

For more information on Griffin Health, click here.

The brunch will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m.

Reservations are due by March 4. To make a reservation or for more information, email whw@griffinhealth.org.

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