Community donates more than $150,000 to support breast cancer programs

Press release

From Mission Foundation:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Mission Foundation announced today that the western North Carolina community donated more than $150,000 to support women in the region to prevent and fight breast cancer. Funds were raised at three event to support Mission Health’s Breast Cancer Program.

“We are grateful to have this level of support from our community,” said Bruce Thorsen, President of Mission Foundation. “Asheville understands the need for local support and caring for our own. The participation we received this year clearly demonstrates the compassion in this community.”

This year’s Pink in the Park 5K was held at Biltmore Park Town Square in support of breast cancer awareness. The more than $9,000 raised will benefit the Foundation’s Ladies Night Out program, covering the cost of several monthly breast cancer screening which will provide free mammograms to women in western North Carolina.

The 23rd annual Chakales Patton Memorial Golf Tournament, which was held at The Grove Park Inn, raised over $100,000 to benefit Mission Health’s breast cancer programs at the SECU Cancer Center. The invitational tournament is a premier golf event in the Asheville area, the participants enjoyed a round of golf and had Stefanie Kenoyer, LPGA professional golfer, participate to make a difference in the lives of women.

A unique event, that was special for this year, was the North Carolina benefit screening of the independent film “Decoding Annie Parker” at Carolina Cinema. This pink carpet event brought the glitz of Hollywood to Asheville. Annie Parker and director Steve Bernstein were on hand the night of the event for a question and answer session. The event allowed attendees in to experience this life changing story of the BRCA gene and the effect it has on the lives of women. The “Decoding Annie Parker” benefit screening raised over $45,000 toward the final amount.

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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