SHELTON –– William Raveis Real Estate has donated $153,000 to the William Raveis American Cancer Society (ACS) Patient Navigator Program at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) in Farmington and Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Patient Navigator Program in support of breast cancer patients.

The company raised the funds through an annual golf tournament held at Oxford Greens in Oxford and Nashawtuc County Club in Concord, Mass., and a three-month raffle organized by sales associates and staff.

The navigator program at UCHC began as a free, confidential service in 2006 and received a boost in 2009 when Raveis donated funding for a full-time navigator, who provides guidance for  cancer patients about services ranging from information about treatment options to financial aid and childcare.

"The collective efforts of our sales associates, staff and members of the community in the fight against breast cancer has been nothing short of outstanding," Raveis Chairman and CEO William Raveis said in a statement. "In just six short years, we have been able to raise close to $1.5 million dollars to support this important ACS initiative and positively impact the lives of thousands of breast cancer patients.”