MANCHESTER - Brooks Brothers in Manchester through the Golden Fleece Foundation, was instrumental in a $5,000 award made recently to Casting for Recovery, also of Manchester.

Brooks Brothers has maintained a store in Manchester since 1991. Casting for Recovery, which began in 1996, provides free retreats that incorporate fly fishing for women in all stages of breast cancer. The proceeds from this award went to support the Vermont/New Hampshire retreat.

Store Manager Michele Bahan-Lampron chose Casting for Recovery as the applicant for consideration by the Golden Fleece Foundation and Floor Supervisor Tylor Purdy completed the application and gathered all the necessary information. The mission of the Golden Fleece Foundation is to enhance the lives both within and beyond the communities they serve by partnering with select nonprofit organizations related to men's, women's and children's health issues as well as education and the arts. This was the inaugural initiative of the foundation's Community Challenge which gave Brooks Brothers stores across the country the opportunity to present local nonprofits for consideration. With 70 applications submitted this year, Brooks Brothers of Manchester's application on behalf of Casting for Recovery won the top award.

"The Manchester store is pleased to have had the opportunity to partner with Casting for Recovery to help make a difference in our community by supporting those facing the challenges of breast cancer," said Bahan-Lampron.

"We're thrilled and honored to be the recipient of this generous contribution by Brooks Brothers and the Golden Fleece Foundation," Whitney Milhoan, Executive Director for Casting for Recovery, said. "It's inspiring to see such amazing local support of breast cancer survivors in our community, and we're so proud and grateful to partner with Brooks Brothers here in Manchester."

About Casting for Recovery: Casting for Recovery offers free support and education retreats for women of all ages and in all stages of breast cancer and incorporates fly fishing.

Thanks to advances in treatment, women are surviving breast cancer but they are forever changed by their diagnosis. Many will survive this disease yet continue to live with the isolation, fear, social stigma, and disempowerment that breast cancer often invites.

Every woman who experiences a CFR retreat learns that while fishing is part of the agenda, gaining skills and having the opportunity to cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer is the underlying focus.

Seventy percent of the women attending CFR retreats have not attended support groups and 95 percent have never picked up a fly rod.

It is this setting and the opportunity to focus on something new that makes Casting for Recovery's program unique and successful.

In 2013 Casting for Recovery will conduct over 42 retreats in 34 states and has served over 6,000 women since inception. For more information about Casting for Recovery visit www.castingforrecovery.org or call 802-362-9181.