Employees at the town’s Department of Public Works recently donated $475 to the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, with funds raised by their annual holiday 50/50 raffle.

Each year, DPW workers select a charity to support with money raised via the fundraiser, and the decision to benefit the Norma Pfriem Breast Center was “an easy one,” according to Scott Bartlett, the DPW superintendent. “The breast center did so much in October,” Bartlett said in a statement about the donation, referring to the center’s Pink Pledge, a monthlong, community-wide campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Even though the DPW staff is primarily male, who, Bartlett said are, “all outdoor guys. ... During October they proudly wore their pink breast cancer awareness T-shirts every Friday wherever they were working — in the parks, on the highways, in town. The guys are terrific.”

After volunteering for the Pink Pledge, DPW workers wanted to make one more gift to the Pfreim Breast Center.

“The men of the DPW are the unsung heroes,” Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the center, said in the statement. “Without them, we would never have been able to rally the community behind us and get all the nuts and bolts set up for our Pink Pledge events. Thanks to them, a lot of people learned about what they can do to protect themselves from a late stage diagnosis of breast cancer.”

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale-New Haven Health System, the Norma Pfriem Breast Center has served more than 30,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999, according to its publicity. The center’s office at 111 Beach Road provides women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine and other patient support activities.

For more information, call 203-255-5300 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.