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Author Anna Quindlen to Speak at Annual Women’s Health Benefit

April 29 Event Funds Local Breast Health Programs

The 12th Annual Mills-Peninsula Women’s Health Luncheon and Lecture, on Monday, April 29, will feature a lecture by award-winning author and columnist Anna Quindlen, entitled, “Is 60 the New 40: Middle-age or Midlife? A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Other Words of Wisdom.”

Quindlen is an award-winning author, journalist and opinion columnist.

The event will be at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel at 1800 Old Bayshore Highway in Burlingame. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the luncheon and lecture run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is expected to draw a capacity crowd of 1,000 attendees. The registration deadline is April 22, 2013, but the event is already nearly booked. Limited tickets are still available for $150 each.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Center along with the Breast Health Program, which serves women in San Mateo County. Last year’s program raised more than $400,000, which funded nursing education and other services in the Women’s Health Center, including free mammograms and continuing care for the uninsured and underserved women in the community.

The mission of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation is to steward local health care philanthropy and fund new equipment, facility improvements, nursing education and enhance patient comfort, safety, services and programs that exceed the hospital’s normal operating budget, providing a margin of excellence to our patients.

The Master of Ceremonies will be John Loder, president of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

The presenting sponsors of this event are Carole Middleton on behalf of The Middleton Foundation, and Zelda Levin. Co-chairs of this event are Linda Cooperman, Ph.D., Peggy Bort Jones and Dayna Sumiyoshi.

More about Anna Quindlen

Over the last 30 years, Anna Quindlen’s work has appeared in some of America’s most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and on both fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. Quindlen is an author, journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times.  Quindlen left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. In 1999, she joined Newsweek, and wrote a bi-weekly column until semi-retiring in 2009. Quindlen is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. Much of her personal writing centers on her mother who died at the age of 40 from ovarian cancer, when Quindlen was 19 years old.

She has written five best-selling novels, three of which have been made into movies, including “One True Thing” in 1998. With the release of A Short Guide to a Happy Life in 2000, Quindlen became the first writer ever to have books appear on the fiction, nonfiction and self-help New York Times Best Seller lists.

Her most recent book is a memoir entitled “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.” In it, Quindlen considers marriage, mothers, faith, loss, friendships and turning 60.

Media Contact:

Karen Malekos-Smith, Mills-Peninsula director of Major Donor Relations, 650-696-5908;


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