Pink by Poolside charity event breaks records

Photo by Tim Turner The Ghodsi home in Vienna served as the backdrop and site for the Pink by Poolside fundraiser Friday evening.

VIENNA — It was a record-breaking night in Vienna on Friday as a record 350 tickets were sold for Camden Clark Foundation’s fifth annual Pink by Poolside fundraiser.

The event at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi raised a record $45,000 to provide free mammograms and related medical services for area residents.

Each $100 ticket sold provides a free mammogram for a local person who is “underinsured or uninsured.”

Helping to increase the amount of money raised for the Pink Mammogram Fund were two new features Friday evening: a live auction and wine pull.

The live auction, featuring trips, sports memorabilia, sports events tickets and more, raised $8,325. The wine pull, which raised $2,000, provided a ticket holder with a chance to win expensive wines.

Photo by Tim Turner A record crowd attended the fifth annual Pink by Poolside fundraiser in Vienna Friday evening.

Auctioneer Rob Fouss said the bidding was great at the 8:30 p.m. live auction.

“It was a huge event,” he said.

The auction was developed just two weeks before Pink by Poolside, Fouss said. Planning for next year’s auction will begin earlier and the auction will have larger items, he said.

A dance floor, with disc jockey, was set up on the property’s tennis courts and attracted a large number of dancers. The Club Pink’s dance floor was a new feature this year.

“This is our biggest night ever … record setting,” said Kim Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation.

Photo by Tim Turner Auctioneer Rob Fouss, left, conducts the live auction with the help of Kim Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation.

Stephanie Taylor, Camden Clark Foundation coordinator, said, “It takes a lot of teamwork to make this happen and I’m so proud that we were able to raise a record amount for the Pink Mammogram Fund. Bringing free mammograms to people in need and lending a helping hand is what it’s all about.

“Special thanks to the Ghodsis for allowing us to take over their entire outdoor grounds to have our first ever Club Pink,” Taylor said.

The fundraiser also took place in the Ghodsis’ home and around their swimming pool.

More than $80,000 was raised by Pink by Poolside during its first four years. It has helped provide 800 free breast screenings and related medical services.

The second annual Pink Cupcake Run on Oct. 1 in Parkersburg also will raise money for the Camden Clark Foundation’s Pink Mammogram Fund.

Photo by Tim Turner These desserts by Lisa’s Sweet Shop were provided for Pink by Poolside.

The three-mile fun run or walk features three cupcake stations provided by Downtown Specialty Bakery. Registration and the start and finish line are located in the Point Park Marketplace parking lot in Parkersburg. The route includes Avery and Market streets.

The foundation’s mission is to develop relationships and financial resources to support the health care programs, projects and services of WVU Medicine-Camden Clark Medical Center, according to its website.