Pink drinks it is at breast cancer fundraiser |

Pink drinks it is at breast cancer fundraiser

When two local women teamed up recently to put on a breast cancer fundraiser, they decided to throw a cocktail party, with a twist.

In keeping with the international symbol of breast cancer awareness – a pink ribbon – they would offer pink drinks.

More than 50 guests paid $50 to sip cosmos and hurricanes at Ann Hendricks and Jan Hedman’s Pink Drink party at Prospector Nursery on Wednesday evening. The event included a silent auction and raised a total of $2,750.

“We have way too many friends who have had breast cancer, and it seems as though they’re increasingly younger,” said Hendricks. “It’s critical that we do whatever we can.”

Funds from the party will go toward a $90,000 digital X-ray machine that the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation is buying for the hospital’s surgery department.

The team of Hendricks and Hedman is one of about 16 fundraising teams raising money for the machine as part of a fundraising drive called Project Pink, according to Kimberly Parker, the foundation’s executive director.

“We really wanted to do a grass roots project that would get more women involved with the hospital foundation,” said Parker.

Some teams are hosting public events. Others are making private appeals for donations, such as a lawyer who is focusing on the legal community, said Parker.

The radiography machine will advance breast cancer care in Nevada County, said Parker. Once the machine is installed, doctors can test tissue samples in the surgery room in two to three minutes during lumpectomies. With the current equipment, the test takes as long as 30 minutes.

Because patients remain under anesthesia while doctors examine the tissue, a shorter diagnosis time means they spend less time on the operating table.

Since the fundraiser kicked off in May, Parker said, the foundation has raised more than $30,000.

For more information about Project Pink, call Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation at 477-9700.


To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail or call 477-4219.

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