St. Mary Foundation Hosts Fifth Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon

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Women’s Circle of Philanthropy Executive Committee members present plans for new women’s breast health center (from left)Sabina Gault, Cindy Gillis, Pam Fair, RN; Allison Nicholas, Nancy Johnson, RN; and Chanel Suares.

Women’s Circle of Philanthropy Executive Committee members present plans for new women’s breast health center (from left)Sabina Gault, Cindy Gillis, Pam Fair, RN; Allison Nicholas, Nancy Johnson, RN; and Chanel Suares.

The St. Mary Foundation hosted its Fifth Annual Women’s Circle of Philanthropy Power of the Purse Luncheon at Hyatt The Pike hotel in Long Beach on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The event brought in 23 new members and $10,000, which amounts to $133,500 in total contributions to support women’s healthy lifestyles, and combat women’s health issues in our community. The Women’s Circle of Philanthropy, which was formed in 2009, now has 46 active members.

Sabina Gault, Women’s Circle Chair, announced at the luncheon that the women’s philanthropy group’s upcoming project would be to provide breast exams and mammograms to underserved women in the new Sister Mary Sabina Sullivan Women’s Health Center, currently under renovation. Women who meet the criteria will be provided a full range of diagnostic testing as well as patient education, navigation, coordination of care, and psychosocial support. The new, state-of-the-art Center will move from its location at 1040 Elm Avenue to 1045 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. Last year, St. Mary provided 7,449 mammograms at the Sister Sabina Sullivan Women’s Health Center. A portion of these exams were provided to underserved women through donated funds.

Special guest and keynote speaker Linda Pura, Co-Founder of the Susan G. Komen Los Angeles Foundation, shared with the group about breast cancer risk factors. She said that most women who get breast cancer have no family history. “Being a woman and getting older are the most common risk factors for breast cancer,” she said.

Over 75 women enjoyed live music, a delicious lunch, candy station, and networking with Long Beach area professionals involved in the Women’s Circle. VIP gift bags filled with cosmetics and nail polish were given to those who contributed to the project. New and current Women’s Circle of Philanthropy members were entered into an opportunity drawing to win a Clarins Cosmetics gift basket valued at $500.

Anyone interested in becoming involved or sponsoring the Women’s Circle of Philanthropy is encouraged to contact Allison Nicholas at the St. Mary Foundation at (562) 491-9225.

About St. Mary Medical Center
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of primary and secondary acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, over 1,400 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org.

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