Pool party pays for mammograms

217.

That is the number of free mammograms provided to area women with proceeds from the Camden Clark Foundation’s Pink by Poolside benefit last September.

Next Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Vienna home of Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi, the foundation will raise more money at the second annual Pink by Poolside to make sure underinsured and uninsured women of all ages from throughout the area receive free mammograms.

When funding disappeared last year for the free breast cancer screening, Kim Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation, knew money needed to be raised to provide mammograms. Women had been contacting her about the screening program.

Couch described the absence of funding for the program as “gut-wrenching.”

Pink by Poolside was a way for the local community to once again support a needed service, Couch said. “The community has filled the gap,” she said this week.

There is money in the fund to help women whose mammograms detect an abnormality, Couch said.

The Ghodsis are once again providing their home and swimming pool area at 5201 Grand Central Ave. for the “mix and mingle” event. For $100 a ticket (each ticket funds a mammogram), attendees will visit food stations manned by DaVinci’s restaurant, Parkersburg Country Club, Valley Catering, Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center and the Blennerhassett Hotel and receive signature cocktails and complimentary bar service.

Singer Laura Evans and Company will entertain from the staircase facing the pool. The house will be illuminated in pink lights.

Valet parking will be provided and photographs will be taken on the pink carpet. Crown Event Rentals and Crown Florals are decorating the property for the fundraiser.

Some of the women wear cocktail dresses while others wear sundresses. Many of the men wear sport coats. Pink is prevalent on the apparel.

A total of 250 tickets will be offered. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Camden Clark Foundation at 304-424-2200 or email Couch at klcouch@ccmh.org

The benefit coincides with the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, a time when women often consider getting a mammogram, Couch noted.

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Kim Coram reports the Ohio River from Point Park to Blennerhassett Island will be closed to barges and motorized boats from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 13.

This is to give registered kayakers, canoeists, paddle boarders and others an opportunity to paddle the four miles from Parkersburg to the island and back. The group paddle trip, modeled after the Cincinnati Paddlefest, is part of the first Parkersburg Paddlefest set for Sept. 12 and 13.

“The Parkersburg Paddlefest is being organized by Lapping the Couch Adventures to bring together paddlers and those interested in paddling the Ohio River free of motorized traffic,” according to Kim Coram, Parkersburg city councilwoman and co-owner of Lapping the Couch Adventures. It is not a race, Coram said.

The event starts noon Friday, Sept. 12, when registration opens. Advanced registration is available online at ParkersburgPaddlefest.com or in person at Lapping the Couch Adventures in the Point Park Marketplace at 113 Ann St.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park has arranged for primitive camping on the island for the event, Coram said.

Also beginning at noon Sept. 12, people can try out boats and bicycles brought to the festival by company representatives. Vendors will give free lessons and demonstrations, while marketplace merchants will provide food and other items. A fly-fishing clinic begins at noon.

The Parkersburg Art Center is providing canvas and paint for people to create a public art display at Point Park Marketplace at 6 p.m. Friday. A Jenga competition will go non-stop during the event.

Musicians Josh Buskirk, Corbin Marsh, Todd Burge, Chelsea Laswell and Rj Cowdery are scheduled to perform from 2-8 p.m. Sept. 12 at the marketplace near the floodwall. After the music, a nighttime paddle trip, for those with appropriate lighting, will take place on the Little Kanawha River beginning at Point Park, Coram said.

The city of Parkersburg, Highmark West Virginia, Crichton and Crichton law firm, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau have helped to make the event possible, Coram said.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com