Aux­il­iary gala sched­uled

Event pro­ceeds sup­port Women’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter

The Covington News - - Health & Wellness -

Pa­trons, com­mu­nity mem­bers and friends are in­vited to gather for an evening of din­ing, danc­ing and a live auc­tion at the New­ton Me­dial Cen­ter Aux­il­iary’s An­nual Spring Gala be­gin­ning at 6:30 p. m. April 26 at Wil­loaks es­tate.

“An Evening to Re­mem­ber,” the evening will in­clude a plan­ta­tion-style buf­fet din­ner, catered by Lee Ept­ing of Athens, fol­lowed by a live auc­tion and en­ter­tain­ment by the Moon Dance Band.

Auc­tion items fea­ture pack­ages such as cock­tail par­ties, vacation homes from Florida to Puerto Rico, paint­ings from lo­cal artists and many more pack­ages from lo­cal busi­nesses.

All pro­ceeds will go to­wards the pur­chase of dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy equip­ment for the Women’s Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which has re­cently been in­stalled at the cen­ter.

“We al­ways look for­ward to this event,” said Michelle Green, NMC Aux­il­iary fundrais­ing chair. “It is won­der­ful to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether and sup­port New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Aux­il­iary’s

Cloud nine: fundrais­ing ef­forts for dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy equip­ment.”

The new tech­nol­ogy will trans­fer a higher qual­ity im­age to a com­puter that can be mag­ni­fied, light­ened and dark­ened to give the ra­di­ol­o­gists a more de­tailed anal­y­sis of the breast.

Cur­rently, only 11 per­cent of the fa­cil­i­ties per­form­ing mam­mo­grams in the United States have been able to make this im­por­tant tran­si­tion to dig­i­tal imag­ing.

This year’s Gala is one of sev­eral events to be spon­sored by the Aux­il­iary to raise $500,000 for the new­est in­no­va­tion in imag­ing.

Wil­loaks is the 100- acre coun­try es­tate of Es­ther Wil­liams. Its name is de­rived from a com­bi­na­tion of “Wil­liams” and the beau­ti­ful Wil­low Oaks which line the front en­trance to the home.

A one mile drive leads guests to the French Mansard de­signed home over­look­ing Lake Varner. An 1840’s log home moved from Shelby County Ten­nessee is also sit­u­ated on the prop­erty and will be open for tour­ing.

Gala tick­ets are cur­rently on sale at a cost of $90 per per­son. Spon­sor­ships are also avail­able start­ing at $500. Any ques­tions and all ticket sales are be­ing han­dled through the Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Of­fice at 5126 Hospi­tal Drive in Cov­ing­ton, (770) 788-6553.

Sub­mit­ted photo

New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter Aux­il­iary mem­bers Wendi Martinez, left, Heather King, Amy Larimer, Michelle Green, David San­ders, Claudette Des­rochers, Val Hamp­ton and Ester Wil­liams. Wil­liams will host the Aux­il­iary Gala on April 26. The group sur­rounds San­ders’ 1963 Rolls Royce Sil­ver Cloud, which he will of­fer as a chauf­feured ride to din­ner as one of the event’s live auc­tion items.

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