Leake County Health Network and Baptist Medical Center-Leake held “A Pink Affair - Unmasking a Cure" on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Leake Country Club. This was a fabulous ladies night out with health information, food, live music and a fashion show. Ob/Gyn Erica Ory, MD, presented "The ABC's of Women's Health," and five local caterers prepared, at no cost, delicious food. Mark Anderton provided music, and four local retailers put on an exciting fashion show featuring new looks in fall clothing. A local salon and Merle Norman studio did hair and makeup for the models.
They offered a chance for everyone to make a donation by purchasing a balloon at the "Balloon Pop" that guaranteed a prize to everyone who bought a balloon. Local retailers donated the balloon prizes. They had a professional photographer there taking shots of the entire night, offering proceeds of any sales from this event to go to breast cancer awareness. They also had a special time of recognition for survivors.
During the event, Michelle McCann of Baptist Medical Center-Leake spoke about fund for the girls several times, sharing how the program works and how there have already been residents from the Leake County area aided through this wonderful program. She also shared that they would be giving 50% of all proceeds raised to fund for the girls, with the other 50% being used to establish a local breast cancer fund to be used to help those fighting the battle of breast cancer with needs such as gas to treatments, utilities, etc.
Michelle says, “WE HAD A BLAST! We never dreamed the turnout would be so overwhelming. Our expectation was 75 and we thought it would be great if we reached 100.” In the end, she estimates there were around 170 in attendance not counting models, and workers. With everyone, the count goes over 200. They raised $2,100.00 with proceeds from the photo sales still out. Of this, $1050.00 goes to fund for the girls.