Over 270 women gathered at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College on Saturday for fun, food and to raise money for mammograms.
The Rutherford Regional Health Foundation presented its 'Women Together' event with the theme 'Living, Loving, Laughing,' from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. The annual event raises money to provide mammograms for women in Rutherford County without health insurance and to sustain Rutherford Regional's Cancer Patient Navigation Program.
"There are so many people in the community who need the means to have good health care, and there are so many people in the community who can afford to give," Jill Miracle, executive director of Rutherford Regional Health Foundation, said. "This is a great opportunity to match those people that can give with the ones who need those services."
Women could make single reservations for $36 each or reserve a table for eight for $288. Each of the reservations included brunch, door prizes, raffle prizes and table service by the "Men for Mammos," who were the waiters for the event. 100 percent of the proceeds go to help cancer patients in Rutherford County.
"We are so excited you are here today. You are the ones that make this event year in and year out," Jamie Ingraham, cancer outreach program manager with Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center, said. "We want you to understand how important you are in each and every thing we do."
Along with the refreshments the women in attendance were also treated to a fashion show from CAbi Fashions. The health foundation chose to include CAbi because of the company's creed, "affecting lives through relationships." A portion of their sales following the show were donated to local cancer patients.
But the main event of the day was a performance from Pam Stone, an award-winning actress and comedian.
Stone told jokes, talked about her life and read sections from her book, "I Love Me A Turkey Butt Samwich: Finding a Farm Life After Hollywood."
Ingraham also gave some background on the cancer center's programs that serve the community. She said the center would not be a reality without volunteers and supportive community members.
"We couldn't do it without you. We want to do more and with your help today we will do more in the future," Ingraham said. "From the vision to now, we have a full supportive program for patients. The things we do stay here in this county and nothing quite matches our ability to help."
Miracle said the event was extremely successful because of the women who attended.
"The reason it is so successful is so many women took it upon themselves to bring friends for a morning of living, loving and laughing," Miracle said.
Event sponsors were Rutherford Internal Medicine Associates and Smith's Drugs. Media sponsors were WCAB, MurrayMedia, WOHS, Germack Audio Visual Services and The Daily Courier.