2015 'The Fling' Gala Celebration Announced

Monday, March 23, 2015
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MARSHALL -- Fitzgibbon Hospital announces that the "The Fling" gala celebration will be held from 5:30-1 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Martin Community Center, located at 1985 S. Odell Ave., in Marshall. The annual gala is the primary fundraiser for the Fitzgibbon Hospital Foundation. Proceeds from this year's fling will help fund the purchase of new 3D mammography equipment.

Cocktails and silent auction bidding begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at about 7 p.m. Current and retired physicians from Marshall will be recognized, and the live auction of very desirable items -- from original artwork to vacations -- also will be held. Following the live auction, attendees will enjoy a dance. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Tickets are $75 per person, and individuals or businesses can sponsor tables of 10 for $750. All proceeds from The Fling this year will go toward the hospital's purchase of 3D mammography equipment, which will provide increased capabilities in the early detection of breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

"Fitzgibbon Hospital has always been committed to bringing the latest technologies in healthcare to our community. The three dimensional imagery of this new equipment will help us detect cancers earlier. Coupled with the treatment options available in the Community Cancer Center, we believe this additional piece of equipment will enhance our continuum of breast cancer detection and treatment," said Ronald A. Ott, President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital.

According to breastcancer.org, a not-for-profit breast cancer-focused organization, digital tomosynthesis of the breast is different from a standard mammogram in the same way a CT scan of the chest is different from a standard chest X-ray. Think of the difference between a ball and a circle; one is 3-dimensional while the other is flat. Mammography in 3D allows radiologists to "page through" the images to see structures in the breast which may be hidden or -- alternatively, structures which appear as cancers but are actually benign.

"The main difference between a conventional mammogram and a 3D mammogram resides in how the pictures are taken. The newer machines incorporate a moving scanner, which takes images from several angles, allowing the computer systems to see the breasts in 3D, all in roughly the same amount of time it would have taken to do a conventional mammogram," said Jeff Galen, Med, CNMT Radiology Manager for Fitzgibbon Hospital.

A new feature also will be added to The Fling this year to give individuals an additional opportunity to bring 3D Mammography to Marshall. Generous donors are providing bottles of their favorite wines to help "fill the cart." At The Fling, attendees can purchase a chance to win wines valued at between $15 and $150. The only distinguishing mark will be the ribbon used to wrap the bottle as either a red or white varietal. Each bottle will have a tag indicating the donor's name, retail value of the wine, and a brief statement regarding why the wine is special. Serving on the "Wine Grab" committee are Jacque Eidson, Gabriella Huston and Katie Shannon.

"We are thrilled with the response from donors supporting this new component to The Fling. At the present time, more than 100 bottles of wine have been donated to The Wine Grab. Anyone in the community who would like to donate wine should contact one of the committee members or call the Foundation office," said Jackie Finnegan, Fitzgibbon Hospital Foundation Coordinator.

To be a part of bringing this important technology to Marshall, make your reservation by calling Jackie Finnegan in the Fitzgibbon Hospital Foundation Office at 660-831-3850.