WILLMAR — Raising money for imaging technology that streamlines the surgery process for breast cancer is the goal of the Rice Health Foundation’s annual holiday gala this weekend.
The event on Friday and Saturday is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 to buy a portable X-ray system for tumor imaging during breast cancer surgery.More than this, it’s a chance for the public to support programs and services that enhance care at Rice Memorial Hospital, said Jean Raatz, development manager of the Rice Health Foundation and chairman of the 2013 holiday gala.
More than this, it’s a chance for the public to support programs and services that enhance care at Rice Memorial Hospital, said Jean Raatz, development manager of the Rice Health Foundation and chairman of the 2013 holiday gala.
“It’s important to have not just a health care facility but a high-quality health care facility,” she said.
A contribution from the Pierce Family Foundation is underwriting the entire cost of the event, allowing all the proceeds to be invested in buying the Faxitron technology. “That’s really going to help us achieve our goal,” Raatz said.
The 450 tickets for the Friday night dinner and auction are already sold out. Another 500 or so people are expected to attend a table setting fair, holiday vendor displays and lunch on Saturday.
Organizers this year are drawing inspiration from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” to re-create the glamour and intrigue of the 1920s, complete with a vintage Pierce-Arrow automobile on loan for the event.
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