Wise Health Foundation’s Dazzle Me Pink set a fundraising report Wednesday afternoon, raising $74,008 for Mary’s Gift, which gives unfastened mammograms for folks that can’t otherwise afford them.
An offered-out crowd celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual fundraiser, which has now raised more than $500,000.
Foundation Director Linda Johnson stated each yr the total is a surprise.
“Every year I pray approximately it and simply ask the good Lord to provide,” she stated. “Our project is to provide those offerings for the underserved. I don’t pass in with any expectancies, and I’m always grateful for any result we acquire.
During the style display, Callie Manning models garments from NRS. Messenger photograph with the aid of Joy Burgess-Carrico
“Wise County is this type of beneficial network; it’s extremely good to live in a community like this,” she stated. “It feels super understanding that those bucks went to offer mammography offerings and to purchase a system for the hospital.”
Late remaining yr a three-D mammography gadget become bought thanks to preceding fundraising. It’s already been used to carry out 1,800 mammograms.
The system provides a hard and fast of pics, displaying breast tissue in thin layers. The 3-D imaging facilitates lessen shadows, which permits clinical specialists to look at all facets of the tissue and make a quicker prognosis.
The generosity of donors has additionally furnished for 470 mammograms within the ultimate years for women who in any other case couldn’t manage to pay for to have one carried out.
Johnson said that’s the maximum profitable a part of fundraising for Mary’s Gift, knowing there are people at the back of the gift, human beings whose lives have been changed with an unfastened mammogram.
A new element to this yr’s luncheon and fashion display was a thriller field raffle. Held in area of a stay auction, tickets have been sold for $20 each and from those, 10 tickets have been drawn. Those price ticket holders chose a wrapped box, each of which contained a valuable prize. After all of us had selected their present, they opened them at the same time to discover what they gained. Gifts covered gadgets such as Vera Bradley baggage and fashion designer handbags, watches and footwear. The largest prizes had been diamond necklaces donated by Chalet of Jewelry in Decatur and Read’s Jewelers in Fort Worth.
About a dozen local boutiques have been represented at the runway, showcasing models to be had in Wise County, and several generous donations had been made in raffle gadgets.
“This virtually is a networking event, now not simply the foundation,” Johnson stated. “We had greater than 23 volunteers who helped in one way or another. The community, Wise Health System employees, the muse board and making plans committee … I can’t thank them sufficient.
“We had the first-rate team.”