October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: DCH Wants You to Play Pink Featured

Dana Duckworth (back), from left – Elizabeth Bearden, Peggy Ball and Julie Smith at “A Day on the Courts.” Dana Duckworth (back), from left – Elizabeth Bearden, Peggy Ball and Julie Smith at “A Day on the Courts.” The DCH Foundation

Area residents who want to help support the DCH Breast Cancer Fund will have a chance to do so by participating in a trio of upcoming “Play Pink” fundraising events hosted by The DCH Foundation.

The ladies’ tennis event, “A Day on the Courts,” will be Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Indian Hills Country Club. “Night on the Green” – an evening cocktail event and silent auction – is set for Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Bryant Conference Center, and the “Drive 4 the Cause Golf Classic” is set for Friday, Oct. 13 at Indian Hills Country Club.

The DCH Foundation Director of Development Casey Johnson explains that there is still a push needed to raise awareness about breast cancer, and the Play Pink events can help.

“Most everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. Most know what the pink ribbon means. Even with that knowledge, so many women still are not getting proper screenings in West Alabama to detect breast cancer,” Johnson said. “We have the ability to help uninsured and underinsured women receive these screenings, and to help those diagnosed with needs associated with treatment.” 

After nine previous years working with the event, Johnson says her favorite event is “A Night on the Green.”

“’Night on the Green’ is always exciting, with a great band providing live music and a fabulous silent auction. This year, we are returning to Bryant Conference Center after several years. 12 South Band will be joining us, Coach Avery Johnson returns as our Honorary Chairman, and we have tons of great items to bid on,” said Johnson.

The final event of the Play Pink series is the “Drive 4 the Cause Golf Classic,” which offers players prizes from Titleist, Foot Joy, and more. Additionally, someone will win a new 2018 Tuscaloosa Toyota Camry LE.

Sponsors stepping up to get involved have proven invaluable, according to Johnson.

Sarah Patterson, Brad Eisemann (winner of the 2017 Toyota Camry in last year's Golf Classic) and Scott Peeples, GM of Tuscaloosa Toyota.

“Tuscaloosa Toyota and Harrison Construction are our presenting sponsors. We could not do this without them, nor all of our wonderful donors in West Alabama.”

The Play Pink three-day fundraising events have also enjoyed solid community support from the outset, thanks in large part to the efforts of former University of Alabama Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson. In 2004, Patterson approached The DCH Foundation about helping area women who need assistance getting mammograms and needs surrounding diagnosis and treatment.

“Without her vision, these Play Pink events wouldn’t be as successful as they are today,” Johnson said. “We are grateful she remains deeply involved with this cause, and know it is very near and dear to her heart.”

For more information, including where to purchase tickets and to register for events, visit dchplaypink.com or call 205-759-7349.  

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