CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial and Temple Cancer Center Host 23rd Annual Power of Pink!

LUFKIN, TEXAS (July 31, 2015)… The inside of the Lufkin Pitser Garrison Convention Center will be overflowing with pink on Thursday, October 15 for the 23nd Annual Power of Pink! Luncheon, hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin and the Temple Cancer Center. Individual tickets are $25 and reserved tables (seats 10) are $300.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 1 at Memorial, the Cancer Center, Studio 319 and Alene’s Florist.

This year Power of Pink will once again feature Heidi Marble.  Heidi is a 15 year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer.  She has spoken to thousands of people, blending her sense of humor with her message of beating the odds.  Heidi will be joined by her sister, Jen Curfman, also a breast cancer survivor.  After their fight with cancer, they learned that they both carry the BRCA2 Breast Cancer Gene, putting them both and possibly their children at greater risk.  Attendees should prepare for a wild ride of emotions as they laugh, cry and celebrate life.

Power of Pink! is designed to educate women about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer while encouraging them to take care of their bodies through monthly self-exams and annual mammograms. “This luncheon gives the community an opportunity to enjoy a nice lunch with friends while receiving valuable information,” said Lindsey Mott, Senior Marketing Coordinator at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial and Power of Pink! Coordinator.  “We want attendees to leave inspired by the event but also with a higher level of breast cancer awareness, early detection and treatment.”

The event will also host the 7th Annual Art Bra Exhibit.  CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial and Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy have once again teamed up to present the Art Bra Contest in conjunction with Power of Pink! Community members are encouraged to decorate bras in memory or in honor of someone they know who has fought breast cancer or just to support the cause.  The decorated bras will be judged prior to the luncheon with all entries being displayed at the event.  Rules and entry forms can be picked up at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, the Temple Cancer Center, Abeldt’s Pharmacy or online atwww.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org.  For more information on the Art Bra Contest please contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.

“The Art Bra Contest is always a highly anticipated part of this event,” said Ms. Mott. “It is always fun to see how creative the community is and see what will be entered each year.”  Decorated bras entered in the contest are judged by celebrity judges as well as online by the community to award Top Bra and People’s Choice.  The winning bras are modeled by celebrity models at the luncheon while all bras are on display.

This year everyone will have the chance to win a custom designed piece of jewelry compliments of Lufkin Jewelry on the Square. This piece of jewelry is just one of the many items up for grabs in the raffle drawing.  Tickets can be purchased at the luncheon or by contacting Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613 prior to the event.

With the continued support of sponsors such as Brookshire Brothers, Kwik Kopy Printing, Studio 319, Beard Fine Jewelers, Alene’s Florist, Alexander Lankford and Hiers, First Bank and Trust East Texas, GE Oil & Gas, Swain and Baldwin Insurance, Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy, East Texas Urology Specialists Dr. David Price, Gipson Funeral Home, Southland Federal Credit Union, Lufkin Jewelry on the Square and many more, the Power of Pink! continues to reach women in the community spreading the message of hope and encouragement.  This year close to 800 women are expected to attend.

Tickets, $25 each, are sold on a “first come, first serve” basis.  Tables of 10 can be reserved for $300.  This year tickets and reserved tables will be available for purchase online also beginning September 1.  For more information on the Power of Pink!, how to be a sponsor or how you can get involved, contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613 or lmott@memorialhealth.org. Information also can be found at www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org or on Facebook group Power of Pink!

Cutline:  Power of Pink! is scheduled for October 15 at the Lufkin Pitser Garrison Convention Center.  Tickets go on sale September 9.  Power of Pink! welcomes back Heidi Marble with her sister Jen Curfman, both breast cancer survivors, to speak on their experience as breast cancer survivors and the knowledge of carrying the BRCA2 Breast Cancer Gene. Individual tickets are $25 and tables of 10 can be reserved for $300.  For more information contact Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613 orlmott@memorialhealth.org.  Information can also be found at www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.  Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities. 

Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.  

ABOUT CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit — a nearly 20% increase over the previous year — for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.com.

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