COUNCIL SHARES STORIES, DREAMS AT LUNCHEON
Dazzle Daze has become one local event to which shoppers look forward when it comes to the holiday season, but the long weekend of gift-buying means more than a satisfying Christmas morning.
The Conway Regional Women’s Council, an advocacy and fundraising group of the Conway Regional Health Foundation, puts on Dazzle Daze as an annual fundraiser to benefit the hospital and provide several scholarships. On Wednesday, the group presented Conway Regional CEO Jim Lambert with a check for $70,613 from the Dazzle Daze proceeds.
"This commitment that we’ve made rounds out the commitment that we’ve made toward the capital campaign at the hospital," said Jennifer Hill with the Women’s Council. "It wasn’t specifically for one piece of equipment. We just said over a certain number of years we would give our proceeds toward the campaign. You’ve seen the expansion of the surgery center, OR, women’s center, etc."
Lambert said the Conway Regional Health System has benefited immensely in the 13 years the Women’s Council has been active.
"You are touching lives everyday in this community and this organization, and we couldn’t do it without you," Lambert said.
The Women’s Council also announced that some of the proceeds from this year’s Dazzle Daze will be dedicated to creating an endowment to continue funding the John and Janice Robbins scholarship, which awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to a student pursuing a medically-related degree.
The luncheon on Wednesday — entitled "Our Stories" — gave women the opportunity to share what the Women’s Council has meant to them. Some shared stories of going through chemotherapy treatments with the support of the women, including access to wigs and turbans to keep their spirits and confidence up. Others shared stories of some of the equipment the Women’s Council has funded, including training mannequins that act like real babies so the nurses can practice what to do in real-life situations.
In addition to luncheons and fundraisers, the Women’s Council sponsers annual health fairs where people from the community can get free health screenings.
The 13th Annual Women’s Health Fair will be Saturday, April 5 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. It will be held at the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center at 700 Salem Road. No registration is required.
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