WEST HAVEN, May 4, 2023 — (Pictured, from left): Doug “the Rake” Ruickoldt and son Douglas J. Ruickoldt present a $10,000 check on behalf of the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program to West Haven High School Principal Dana Paredes on Thursday, May 4, to benefit the Susan A. Ruickoldt Scholarship Fund as program committee member Beth A. Sabo looks on.
The donation was made possible by the annual Dubel’s Golf Tournament, Westies Nutrition and the West Haven Youth Soccer League and will support the scholarship fund for the next 17 years, Sabo said.
The Ruickoldts and Paredes thanked and lauded Sabo for her tireless devotion to the Breast Cancer Awareness Program, including collecting more than $700,000 for breast cancer research and education since the program’s inception in 2000.
The scholarship fund was founded in March 2003 to raise breast cancer awareness in honor of Susan Ruickoldt, who taught third grade at Savin Rock Community School before dying of breast cancer in 1997.
Each spring since 2003, scholarship organizers have awarded $2,000 in Ruickoldt’s memory to a female high school senior from West Haven who plans to continue her education.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)