SRMC Foundation volunteers plan benefit for Gibson Cancer Center


First Posted: 1/15/2009

Volunteers of the SRMC Foundation have been busy preparing for the 16th annual gala, An Elegant Evening of Dancing. This year, the black-tie event is set for Feb. 22 at the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton.
Sissy Grantham, executive director of the SRMC Foundation, announced that the chairpersons for the 2008 gala are Tom and Cyndy Inman of Lumberton.
Other members of the gala committee are: Sally Baxley; Sara Benson; Bebe Bollinger; Susie Brady; Dianne Britt; Fordham Britt; Norma Jean Burleson; Sarah Campbell; Becky Collins; Katie Davis; Karen Granger; Janice Helms; Jayne Huggins; Nina Johnson; Diane Jones; Melissa Lennon; Carole Lewis;Doris McCormick; Jonnie Nance; Pattie Ramsaur; Mary Anne Rust; Glenda Ryan; Jennifer Stephenson; Morgan Strickland; Becky Thompson; Maureen Thompson; Barbara Walters; Carolyn Watson; Caroline Williamson; Kelli Willoughby; Michelle Wilson; Pattie Wilson; and Stephanie Wooten.
“We wanted this year’s gala to be elegant,” said Cyndy Inman. “We want those who attend to enjoy a nice evening out while supporting health care in our community through this annual event.”
Floral designs for the event will be created by Billy Davis of Flowers by Billy and Bud Pate of Buds and Blooms.
The event will raise money to purchase image-guided radiation therapy equipment for Gibson Cancer Center, an affiliate of SRMC.
According to Gibson Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist Dr. Thomas Walden, the purchase of image-guided radiation therapy equipment provides a significant advancement in the overall treatment of cancer, which is now the No. 1 cause of adult mortality in North Carolina.
“By improving our ability to detect exactly where the cancer is at the precise time of treatment, we can further reduce the potential side effects that the patient might experience and enhance the cure rates,” Walden said. “… We can all take comfort and pride in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s sustained high commitment to Gibson Cancer Center to facilitate treatment advances and provide high quality treatment locally.”
Music by the Bill Bolen Band will entertain guests as they dance from 7 to 11 p.m. The gala will also feature a special raffle for jewelry donated by McNeill Jewelers.
To make a reservation or for more information about the gala, call the Foundation office at 671-5583.
Amanda Crabtree is the director of public relations for Southeastern Regional Medical Center. She can be reached at [email protected].

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