May 31, 2011 - Annual Fashion Show Brings in Thousands for Strecker

Memorial Health Foundation hosted the eighth annual Friends & Trends Fashion Show at Marietta College last week, and raised nearly $25,000 for the Strecker Cancer Center Patient Fund.

The sold out event, hosted by WTAP’s Leslie Barrett, showcased the latest spring and summer fashions from Carol G’s, Coldwater Creek, Peebles, Teri Ann’s, and S&P Harley Davidson.

Guests were treated to a spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres, chocolate covered strawberries, and full bar featuring Cosmos for a Cure. Memorial Health System CEO Scott Cantley, along with physicians and community volunteers worked the crowd selling chances at more than $10,000 in prizes plus a new Harley Davidson, provided with support from S&P Harley.

This year’s event was dedicated to the champions who have made a dramatic difference in the lives of cancer survivors. Wendy Wharff, executive director of the Memorial Health Foundation explained the evening’s focal point, “It is often difficult for a cancer patient to express the kind of gratitude they feel for the dedication and strength of a friend or loved one during such a challenging time. This is a special way for them to say thank you, and our way of honoring those who represent the most critical factors in healing – unconditional love & support.”

The event was put on with the generous support of the community said Wharff, “Our organizers and participants gave their time and services for free, and thousands of dollars in prizes were donated by local businesses and families.”

Toni Henry, volunteer and guest at the event, called the evening a great success, “Once again, it was a fantastic evening. We have such a good time at the event every year, it’s a nice way to gather with friends and support a great cause. The models were stunning, the champion presentation was touching, and we all left there feeling very grateful for the excellent cancer center that’s right here in our community.”

The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future.
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