JAMESTOWN - Now in its 22nd year, LINKS Charity is looking forward to another ambitious calendar of events and activities in 2013.
Beginning with "Pink the Rink" at the Jamestown Ironmen's first home playoff game, continuing with the annual LINKS LPGA golf pro-am, LINKS golf scramble and "LINKing Together Banquet & Auction" on July 29-30 at Moon Brook Country Club, and finishing with the 3rd annual "LINKS Pink Walk" on Oct. 5 at the Chautauqua Mall, 2013 should prove to be another fantastic fundraising year for LINKS Charity.
Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, ALSTAR EMS and The Bilicki Law Firm, along with associate sponsors Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank, LINKS Charity announced that in 2012 it successfully raised $100,000 to support the local fight against breast cancer. This was the first of its three-year, $300,000 pledge toward the purchase of 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer at WCA Hospital. In total, LINKS Charity has now raised $978,000 toward local cancer care efforts.
Members of the LINKS Charity Planning Committee present Betsy Wright, president & CEO of WCA Hospital, with a $100,000 check representing the proceeds from the 2012 LINKS Charity fundraising events and activities. Left to right, front row: Pam Kupchella, Elyse Clark, Becky Van Riper, Wright, Dave Ankeny and Byron Bilicki; back row: Karl Sisson, Krystal Waite, Peter Conley, Dave Thomas and Brad Van Riper, executive director of LINKS Charity.
"We are so pleased that in 2013, LINKS Charity will surpass the $1 million mark, an extraordinary feat," Brad Van Riper, senior vice president for Truck-Lite and executive director for LINKS Charity, said. "We anticipate another banner year as we strive to reach our goal of funding 3-D Breast Tomosynthesis at WCA, and we are confident that our community will support this local effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer."
"Once again, LINKS Charity sponsors and volunteers are proving their exceptional commitment to local cancer care," Betsy T. Wright, president/CEO of WCA Hospital, said. "We are so thankful for the generosity of so many that will enable our community hospital to stay on the cutting edge of technology, resulting in earlier detection of breast cancer and lives saved."
LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, executive director for the first 19 years, has been remarkable. LINKS Charity continues in its mission to link the community, business and industry together to enhance local cancer care at WCA Hospital.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity/3-D Breast Tomosynthesis, please contact Karl Sisson, WCA director of development, at 487-6874 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, PO Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840.