The 4th Annual Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon Wednesday raised $62,103, beating last year’s record by more than $10,000.
The event, hosted by Wise Regional Health Foundation at the Decatur Civic Center, raises money for Mary’s Gift and Women’s Health Services at Wise Regional to help provide free mammograms to underserved women in Wise County.
“I was very pleased and overwhelmed by the response,” said Foundation Director Michelle Stone. “We have a very supportive community, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Since Mary’s Gift was established eight years ago, the organization has raised $2.7 million and has provided mammograms to almost 1,000 local women.
Stone said Dazzle Me Pink has been a key fundraiser the last few years. Money was raised from table sales, a live auction, raffles and individual donations.
The sold-out event drew women from across the county, and they enjoyed lunch and a fashion show put on by local retailers.
Some of the models were breast cancer survivors, including Stone’s mother, Janis Dumler, who traveled from Oklahoma to be part of the show.
“She’s an 11-year breast cancer survivor, and we were glad to include as many breast cancer survivors as we did this year,” Stone said. “We really wanted to showcase them and their part in it.”
WFAA meteorologist Colleen Coyle and Lisa Long of Decatur were emcees for the event.