Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Donation To Fund Free Mammograms

Pictured at REI are, from left, Sheri Walker, REI administrative assistant; Lisa Bagci, director of the Cookeville Regional Cancer Center; Tom Jones (back), REI general manager; Pamela McIntyre, REI export compliance manager; Michelle Zellner, director of the CRMC Imaging Center; Kirstie Jernigan (back), REI product tech; Shelia Scantland, REI assembler; Michael Miller (back), REI senior software engineer; and Joshua Dixon, REI electronics technician
The employees of local industry REI (Research Electronics International) have donated more than $6,200 to the Pink Ribbon of Hope Gala – a charitable event with proceeds to benefit the Save-A-Life Mammogram Fund through the Foundation at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. This fund is designed to provide free mammograms to women who are either uninsured or underinsured.  REI employees together raised over $2,000 that was matched by their employers at REI, bringing their donation total to over $6,200. Officials say many women in the area are facing difficulties receiving proper breast cancer screening due to the lack of insurance. Without the insurance, many women are foregoing the necessary screening for breast cancer. To help these women get the breast screenings they need, plans are now being made by representatives of Cookeville Regional for the Pink Ribbon of Hope Gala fundraiser to be held Saturday evening, April 16 at the DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards in Baxter.  The third annual Pink Ribbon of Hope Gala will be a semi-formal event and will feature dinner, entertainment by Michelle Thomas – a Texas-based comedienne and breast cancer awareness advocate, dancing as well as a silent and live auction.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities or how to help with the event, call Lisa Bagci (783-2496) or Michelle Zellner (783-2687) at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. To purchase tickets, please call Katrina James at The Foundation of Cookeville Regional at 783-2037. Tickets are $80 per person, $150 per couple or $500 for a table of eight.