By Deb Pensyl Reasy
BE STRONG AND LET US STRENGTHEN ONE ANOTHER
If you had to describe the Girl’s Night Out Altoona, Inc. committee with just one phrase these words from The Torah come to mind. All 16 women have been affected by breast cancer, whether they have fought this disease or supported their family and friends during their journey.
They share their strength with LOVE, LAUGHTER and HOPE. Their LOVE for those who have battled and are battling breast cancer, fuels them with a commitment to make Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc. an evening where everyone shares the same passion. Throughout the year you hear the sounds of LAUGHTER while planning at the monthly committee meetings or sharing funny stories of wigs, baldness, crazy hats and scarves with those currently taking chemo and radiation. Most importantly is their HOPE for a cure so women and men can someday lead their lives without the fear of hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.”
Since its first event held in October 2008, this committee has given away almost $250,000. Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc., a designated 501(c)( 3), currently supports three medical facilities committed to breast cancer care and research: Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania. These women have toured all three every year to update everyone with the latest care and research for this disease.
Even though this event has been sold out since mid July, there are still ways to support Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc. You and/or your co-workers could put together a basket for the Silent or Chinese Auction. The Silent Auction baskets usually have a theme and each one is described in the program booklet – many are purchased for gifts. The booklet has an In Memory of and an In Honor of pages you can submit a tribute for a friend or loved one. Businesses can purchase an ad getting exposure to over 900 attendees. Deadline to be included in the booklet for any of the options above is October 1st.
New last year with great success was a raffle for a trip to Italy. This year for $10 a ticket, you can take a chance for a seven day trip to Hawaii. The winner will be drawn during the event on the evening of Wednesday, October 22nd at the Jaffa Mosque.
For more information to be part of Girls Night Out Altoona, Inc., please visit our website at www. gnoaltoona.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814.932.4040.
Help them to Be Strong . . .
Be Strong and let us strengthen one another.