November 30, 2012

Community supports Maury Regional Health Care Foundation Women's Center Fund                                        

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A number of community events raised awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer while supporting the Women’s Center Fund of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation during the month of October, according to Executive Director Joe K. Kilgore. The Women’s Center Fund assists cancer patients with expenses such as wigs, headpieces and camisoles, funds mammograms for patients who cannot afford one and provided initial funding of the After Breast Cancer Program with the YMCA of Maury County.

The foundation sold limited edition T-shirts and participated in a Buy-A-Bale fundraiser during the annual Spring Hill Country Ham Festival October 6 and 7 on the grounds of the Tennessee Children’s Home. Throughout the month of October, the Maury Regional Women’s Center also sold breast cancer awareness T-shirts to benefit the foundation.

The Maury County Gun Club held the “Shoot for a Cure” event on the club grounds on October 13 and donated $2,000 to the Women’s Center Fund to provide mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford these important screening exams. Businesses who sponsored the event included Bizzy-Bee’s, Community First Bank and Trust, Dunkin’s Market, Jones and Lang Sporting Goods, Lock and Load Guns, Mitzi’s Hair and Nails and Top Guns. The club is making plans for a similar event for May 2013.

Employees at Frito-Lay in Pulaski donated $1,435 to the Women’s Center Fund after selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts as part of the plant’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) program.

Proceeds from a fall festival sponsored by Williams Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant and the sale of gift baskets by local Avon representative Cindy King also benefited the Women’s Center Fund. In addition, several individuals made tributes in honor or memory of a loved one affected by breast cancer.

“While there are wonderful national organizations that help people, we are so grateful for these local groups and individuals who understand the importance of helping their neighbors right here in our very own community,” said Kilgore.

The Women’s Center Fund is one of numerous opportunities to support the foundation’s efforts to assist at-risk individuals in the community. Other funds include the Community Health Fund, Youth Health Initiatives Fund, Cardiology Fund and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Fund. Donors may also request that their gift be used in the area of greatest need or in honor or memory of someone. For information on available giving opportunities, call 931.380.4075 or visit