GREENWICH, Conn. -- Becker Salon in Greenwich handed out its second-ever leadership award recently, this time bestowing the honor on Lucy Day, a founding member and former president of the Breast Cancer Alliance.
Becker Chicaiza, owner of the salon, has been donating to local charities for years and began bestowing a quarterly award -- and a free hairstyling session -- back in May to "outstanding leaders in the community who are making a difference," according to a news release.
“We want to recognize those who do so much to make our communities better,” Chicaiza said in a statement. “This is our way to say thank you and give back to those leaders who do not often receive recognition for their efforts.”
A chartered financial analyst, Day worked on Wall Street before becoming a full-time volunteer. In addition to her work with the Breast Cancer Alliance, she has also served as board chairman of Community Answers, president of the Garden Education Center of Greenwich and a regional chairman of the Garden Club of America.
Founded in 1996, the Breast Cancer Alliance works to improve survival rates and quality of life through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. The organization invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved and uninsured.
Since its founding, the Breast Cancer Alliance has awarded $17 million in grants.
Becker's first Leadership Award was given to Shari Shapiro of Greenwich-based Kids In Crisis.