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St. Joseph’s Mercy hosts luncheon to benefit Komen foundation
St. Joseph’s Mercy hosts luncheon to benefit Komen foundation

In The Pink set for Friday

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System will host the annual “In The Pink” luncheon on Friday, Sept. 30.

This year’s event, which features a theme of Don’t Rain On My Parade, will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Activities will include a silent auction, entertainment, drawing for door prizes and fashion show. Tickets are $25 for the event, which will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center’s Horner Hall. For ticket information, please call (501) 622-2277.

This year’s featured speaker is retired Henderson State University art professor and breast cancer survivor Nancy Dunaway, whose paintings often reflect her experiences battling breast cancer.

“Hosting this annual event is a natural extension of our commitment to women’s health in the Hot Springs area,” said St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen, who will serve as master of ceremonies. “It is a special event to honor survivors and assist in the mission to eradicate breast cancer. Komen for the Cure has done an incredible job of raising money through events like this, and St. Joseph’s Mercy wants to do whatever we can to support our joint cause.”

The In The Pink Luncheon will also raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation through a special donation. Those donating $10 to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure will have their name entered in a drawing for a $2,000 diamond bracelet from Lauray’s The Diamond Center in Hot Springs. A $2 donation will get your name in a drawing for a framed print by Dunaway, valued at $500. Donations can be made at the In The Pink Luncheon or through the gift shop at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center. You do not have to be present to win.

In addition, St. Joseph’s Mercy will sell long-sleeved, pink, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” t-shirts,  pink umbrellas and hold a silent auction.

St. Joseph’s Mercy medical oncologist Dr. Manjusha Kota will speak and entertainment will be provided by the singing of Nancy Johnsen. There will also be a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors.

This is the 10th In The Pink Luncheon hosted by St. Joseph’s Mercy, a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888.

Established in 1982, Komen for the Cure has become an international organization – with a network of volunteers working through local chapters and Race for the Cure events in over 100 American cities – fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.