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Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo to Appear with Gloria Gemma Hope Bus in Cranston Friday

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Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo will appear with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s Hope Bus at Garden City Center in Cranston, R.I. on Friday, July 6. The Hope Bus, a 38-foot pink recreational vehicle and mobile resource unit, will be in Cranston from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m.   

Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, a Cranston native, was crowned last month at the 61st Annual Miss USA Pageant by a panel of judges that included Rob Kardashian, Arsenio Hall, and Ali Fedotowsky. Donald Trump hosted the live broadcast. 

Miss USA Olivia Culpo will be on hand to participate in the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation’s Starfish Project on the Hope Bus. Each handmade clay starfish represents an individual—patient, survivor, family member, caregiver, or health professional—whose life has been altered by breast cancer, the third leading cause of death from cancer in the Ocean State. Participants, including Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, will be invited to honor anyone in their lives on whom breast cancer has had a meaningful impact. Each starfish will eventually be kiln-fired and included in a public art installation.   

The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in the brick courtyard near Anthropologie and Banana Republic. The Garden City Center is located on Route 2 in Cranston. For more information, please call 401-942-2800 or visit www.gardencitycenter.com.

About the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
The Gloria Gemma Foundation was established in 2004 in loving memory of Gloria J. Gemma and to honor her courageous fight against breast cancer. The organization’s mission is to raise breast cancer awareness; increase breast health education; enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends; and generate funding for local breast health programs. For more information, please call 401-861-HERO (4376) or visit www.gloriagemma.org.     

About the Hope Bus
The Hope Bus was acquired with a generous donation from The Halkyard Family Fund. Initiated in April 2011, The Hope Bus outreach program has received critical financial support from Taco/The White Family Foundation, The Rhode Island Foundation, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and The Amgen Foundation. Hope Bus visits include educational, arts-based and therapeutic programming related to breast cancer awareness and early detection. 

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