More than $22,000 raised for local breast cancer program

Press release

From Mission HealthASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2012) – Mission Foundation announced today that the western North Carolina community donated more than $22,000 to support women in western North Carolina with breast cancer and provide free mammograms during Ladies Night Out events. Funds were raised at three events that keep donations locally focused through Mission Health’s Breast Cancer Program.

“The generosity of this community is truly remarkable,” said Bruce Thorsen, President of Mission Foundation. “We are grateful to everyone who volunteered for, participated in and contributed to our Pink October events. The funds raised throughout the month are more than double what was given last year, and it clearly demonstrates the compassion this community has for one another.”

This year’s Pink in the Park 5K saw more than 600 women descend upon Biltmore Park Town Square on Oct. 6 in support of breast cancer awareness. The more than $7,500 raised will benefit the Foundation’s Ladies Night Out program, covering the cost of several monthly breast cancer screening events that provide free mammograms to more than 30 women each month.

The Country Club of Asheville hosted Swing for a Cause, a women’s invitational golf tournament to benefit cancer patients throughout our region. The event raised 50 percent more than in 2011, with proceeds of $12,000 donated to Mission Health’s Breast Program. The program is a network of services and health professionals dedicated to supporting a woman through every step of the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process, including nurse navigators.

Taylor Ranch hosted RanchFest & Pink Corn Maze every weekend in October, featuring North Carolina’s first-ever pink corn maze. Located in Fletcher, N.C., Taylor Ranch saw thousands of visitors throughout the month and raised more than $2,500 in new support. Proceeds from RanchFest will benefit the Mission Breast Program and local cancer care.

About Mission Foundation
Mission Foundation, Inc. connects the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better healthcare. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) “public charity” governed by a volunteer board of 32 trustees representing the local community. Since its founding in 1985, Mission Hospital’s centennial year, the Foundation has solicited and received more than $132 million in gifts and grants from all parts of Western North Carolina, the state and the Southeast as well as nationally. During its history the Foundation has conducted successful major capital campaigns that have helped create several “Centers of Excellence” at Mission Hospital in Asheville. The Foundation is the only Asheville-based non-profit to have attained nationwide accreditation by Charity Wise Alliance of the U.S. Better Business Bureau, meeting all 20 national standards. More information is available at


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