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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Local Soroptimist Club Awards $5000 to Navigator Program

Soroptimist International of Fort Collins (SIFC) donated $5,000 to the Poudre Valley Health System Foundation on January 19 to help pay for basic needs and medical bills of women in northern Colorado who are diagnosed with breast cancer and show financial need. The local Soroptimist club sponsored Cups de Ville, a Bras...for a Cause, last October to increase public awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for the PVH Soroptimist Navigator Fund.

Local businesses and individuals decorated bras which were displayed and auctioned off. Soroptimists donned the bras over their clothing and walked amongst prospective donors. Dusty Kruse, a local auctioneer from Centennial Livestock Auction coaxed donations from generous members of the audience.

“We are so honored to give this check to the PVHS Patient Navigator fund,” said Karen Omeg, President of SIFC. “Helping women is what Soroptimist is all about and we are excited to know that this money will reduce the burden that breast cancer can bring to women and their families.”

Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, Executive Director of the PVHS Foundation, echoed those thoughts, “Your [SIFC] passion for helping women is amazing. This money will not only help relieve financial burden, it will ease stress and fear and allow these women to focus on getting better.”