Kim Couch lost sleep over the thought of area women not getting mammograms.
Couch, executive director of the Camden Clark Foundation, was informed this year the Susan G. Komen West Virginia Affiliate would not be funding mammograms for local women.
During the past two years, Susan G. Komen has given $70,000 to the Camden Clark Foundation to provide 500 free mammograms to West Virginia women 40-49 years old.
These women were underinsured or uninsured and relied on the free screening to detect breast cancer.
"People have been calling me about the free mammograms," Couch told me this week. The women who called had a breast mass, a history of breast cancer in their family or both.
Couch was concerned. She was determined to find a way to provide money for mammograms.
Eventually, Couch and Keith McClung, owner of Crown Event Rentals, came up with the idea to hold a "Pink by Poolside" fundraiser to raise money for mammograms.
Dr. Abdi and Manijeh Ghodsi have generously agreed to open their 20,000-square-foot home and outside swimming pool area at 5201 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna to host the fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 5.
The pink experience will begin with valet parking. It will continue outside and inside the Ghodsi home with food provided by five caterers and a signature pink cocktail, Couch said.
The swimming pool and home will be lit up with pink lights. Couch is promising fun activities for the attendees, and hopes all will dress in pink, black and silver.
Each ticket sold for $100 will pay for a free mammogram for area women who are underinsured or uninsured. A total of 250 tickets will be sold.
The plan calls for sponsors to pay the cost of the party, so all ticket sales can pay for breast cancer screening, hopefully this fall.
Couch hopes to raise $25,000 and make this an annual event. She will reapply for Komen funding for next year.
For tickets or to become a sponsor for "Pink by Poolside" contact Couch at the Camden Clark Foundation, 304-424-2200.
Next Saturday's third annual "Kiss My MS" charity golf scramble at Worthington Golf Club has filled the 36 teams but is looking for sponsors. Misti Sims and her husband, Jason Bauer, along with a dedicated committee, have created one of the most successful charity golf outings in the Parkersburg area. Sims and Bauer formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit group this year to raise money to help local residents who have multiple sclerosis and need assistance. Proceeds from the first two golf tournaments ($15,000) went to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and the goal is to raise $15,000 this year. Committee members are Stacia Pierce, Mark Morgan, Tom and Chriss Evans and Leslie Sutton. Potential sponsors can contact Sims at (740) 568-8552.
Susie Spencer of Parkersburg has been a member of the popular Gospel Music Reunion Choir for 16 years, joining one year after the gospel singing group was formed by the late Sandy Richards. The choir's recent concert at South Parkersburg Baptist Church took on an added significance for Spencer, who plays the piano. Proceeds of $1,902.30 from the June 21 concert, attended by 500 people, will go to the Emily Spencer Memorial Foundation. Emily Spencer of Belpre, Susie's granddaughter, died on Dec. 22, 2010, at the age of 16. Since the foundation was formed in early 2011, it has provided four heart defibrillators for local sites and two college scholarships for Belpre High School students. Susie said she was thrilled by the response to the concert and the opportunity to raise money in memory of Emily.
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