Midday Guest: Susan Light with the Pink Ribbon Fund, and Rose Ingram with ACS

The number provided on this card gives free health advice to cancer patients
The number provided on this card gives free health advice to cancer patients
Raffle item, tickets available, winner will be drawn April 5th at the Tea Party
Raffle item, tickets available, winner will be drawn April 5th at the Tea Party

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Today's Midday Guest was Susan Light with the Pink Ribbon Fund, and Rose Ingram with the American Cancer Society.

This is a news release from the Pink Ribbon Fund

The beautiful historic Hattiesburg downtown train depot will be transformed in to a "Downton Abbey"- themed tea room for the 2nd annual "Pink Ribbon English Tea" on Saturday April 5th from 2 - 4pm.  Thanks to their generous sponsors who cover all fund raising expenses or provide needed services, 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Pink Ribbon Fund which provides compassionate financial assistance to Pine Belt residents for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  Wanda Howard, Presenting Sponsor and owner of "Celebrations, Etc... Party Rentals," sums up the sentiments of all the sponsors, "We believe in contributing to our community, and this organization provides a service that's definitely needed and we know in our hearts, it's the right thing to do. Actually, at last year's tea, a survivor thanked us, and made it so real when she described how the Fund had made a difference in her life.We're really looking forward to this year's event in the beautiful train depot. It's the perfect setting."

Over 20 Pine Belt interior designers, florists and decorators will create one-of-a-kind table-scapes, transforming the depot into a magical turn-of-the century English Tea Room, making this a visual, as well as a culinary, feast. Savory sandwiches and sweet pastries from treasured heirloom recipes provided by the Hattiesburg British Wives Club will be prepared by expert local caterer, Mitzi Russell of Crawford Catering Consulting, and served by Forrest General "Spirit Girls." Guests will also enjoy a "Downton" - themed fashion show and background music by the "Hub City String Quartet." 

There will be a fabulous silent auction filled with unique items, and a plant sale. The winner of a $2,750 platinum and diamond Art Deco ring donated by Light's Jewelers & Gemologists from their Estate Collection will be announced. Raffle tickets (one for $10, or three for $20) are  available from any Pink Ribbon Fund volunteer or at Light's in Newpointe Shopping Center on 98 West.

According to Susan Light, Co-Founder of the Fund, "There's hardly a person whose life hasn't been touched by this disease, whether it's a mother, sister, daughter or friend - and some men, too, have gotten breast cancer. The problem many patients face is that they haven't the resources to pay for their diagnosis or treatment. But, Pink Ribbon is a beacon of hope to them. Our Grant Applications are available at the FGH Cancer Center, at several doctors' offices throughout the Pine Belt, or on line at our website, pinkribbonfund.org.

Last year's event was a complete sell-out. So, organizers recommend getting tickets as soon as possible. Individual tickets are $30. Businesses, groups, and families may purchase tables for $300. Tickets may be ordered with a check to:
Pink Ribbon Fund
6068 US Hwy 98 West  Suite 305
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

This is a press release from the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center is located on the 1st Floor of the Forrest General Cancer Center.  Hours of operation are from 10-12 and 1-3, Monday - Friday.

The center provides free information, wigs, hats, bras, connection to resources and support services, immediate access to cancer.org and the ACS helpline.

The center serves patients, their family members, and caregivers and is staffed by volunteers.Anyone interested in volunteering  call Lillie at 601-540-4740

Look Good Feel Better is an American Cancer Society support service offered at the Cancer Center.It is a free 2 hour makeover session for women currently in treatment and dealing with the side effects (skin, hair, and nail changes) of cancer treatment.

The session is led by licensed cosmetologists.

The next session is Monday, February 24, 2-4 pm in the Rush Room at the Cancer Center. A complimentary makeup kit given to participants at the session. Registration is required.  Call 1-800-227-2345 to register.