Two Projects Help Raise Money for Women Needing Breast Health Services

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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The Center for Breast Health at Baptist for Women has established fund for the girls to help women overcome financial anxiety about breast care. Two fundraising projects helping fund for the girls are now underway. The purchase of one ticket opens the door to the splendor of Christmas, while the other will offer the chance to take two lucky people on a “ritzy” vacation.

"Christmas at Lynnstone" is an elegant evening of food and fellowship on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Kristie and David Nutt are opening their home to celebrate the splendor and blessings of the Christmas season. Each tax-deductible $180 ticket purchased to tour the home funds a discounted screening mammorgram for a woman in need. Every dollar goes to fund for the girls.

Inspired by a Tuscan villa, the house is filled with beautiful antique architectural elements lending a sense of timelessness. The interiors are warm and inviting, with rooms both large and expansive, and others small and cozy. Beautifully decorated for the holidays, guests will enjoy Lynnstone in all its Christmas splendor.

Another fundraiser offers the chance for an exquisite trip for two at three 5-star Ritz-Carlton properties. This generous raffle package is courtesy of Joanne Wilson, owner of VIP Travel in Jackson. Wilson was a guest at the fund for the girls kick-off party in August 2012. She left the party knowing what she was going to do to help. As a travel agent with access to many fine hotels, her idea was to raffle off a fun trip. Wilson contacted various hotels about her vision for the project, and the result was “Putting on the Ritz,” a trip to three Ritz Carlton properties in driving distance of Atlanta, Georgia. 

The “Putting on the Ritz” raffle costs $100 per ticket and is tax deductible. The winner will receive two round trip airfare tickets to Atlanta, two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, plus two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

“The story of fund for the girls began with a single program launched several years ago. At that time, radiologists, who were reading mammograms, and Baptist Medical Center came together with a plan to provide a low cost screening mammogram program for women without insurance,” explained Baptist Women’s Services Executive Medical Director Barbie Sullivan, MD. “That was a great beginning. But, it is not enough to offer just mammograms without being able to provide follow up, including biopsies and even treatment for breast cancer, when needed. We quickly realized we needed more funding if we were going to be able to offer early screening and breast cancer treatment, truly making a difference in the lives of Mississippi women.”

Tickets for both projects can be purchased at fundforthegirls.com. In addition, the website provides valuable statistics and information about the fund and the need for services.

Sullivan added, “Our goal is to provide mammograms for those who cannot afford them and any follow up breast care needed. Our method is unique. Whatever we do to raise funds, it’s got to be something fun.”

Click here to review The Center for Breast Health at Baptist's Imaging Director Larkin Carter discuss mammograms and fund for the girls.

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