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ilentó’s hit song, “Watch Me,”

pulsed through Maude Cobb’s

speakers as Martha Williams, dressed

in a fig-colored Paloma dress, and

James Cooper, wearing a wool, plaid

jacket and messenger bag, strutted

down the runway in front of more

than 600 guests.

The duo kicked o£

the fashion portion

of Good Shepherd’s

annual Think Pink

Luncheon and Fashion

Show on Sept. 29, an

event that brought in

more than $20,000

for the Breast Center

at Good Shepherd

to help administer

mammograms to

women who otherwise

could not a£ord it.

“The East Texas community has been

overwhelming in its support of Think

Pink,” said Laura McCarter, executive

director for Health and Prevention

Services.

Think Pink, sponsored by the Good

Shepherd Foundation, has grown year

after year from its beginnings at the

Institute for Healthy Living, prompting

the planning committee to move

the event to the City of Longview’s

Maude Cobb Convention and Activity

Center in 2015. “The decision to move

came because we expected to see

additional growth, but the turnout was

more than we could have expected,”

McCarter said.

The move added space for additional

banquet tables to accommodate

the more than 600 attendees and

provided room for an

expanded runway for

the always popular

fashion show. The

new location also

allowed the Pink Heals

of Gregg County and

the Longview Fire

Department to wheel

vehicles into the Center

to use as backdrops

for photos of attendees

with Longview’s firemen

and to let community

partners set up information booths

about women’s health.

Like the physical location, the focus of

the fundraiser expanded in 2015 from

strictly cancer detection and treatment

to the overall health of women.

The luncheon featured the testimony

of breast cancer survivor Eufemia

Fernan, recognition of all cancer

survivors in attendance and a fashion

show where men and women of

the Longview Fire Department

showcased fall fashions from

Dillard’s, Morgan Abbigail, Barron’s,

Cavender’s, Trendy Chicks, Women’s

Health Boutique and Hurwitz. The

emcee for this year’s Think Pink event

was Anissa Centers of KLTV.

The Think Pink event also included a

ra°e of six donated handbags from

Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus, and a

custom mosaic statue crafted for the

event by Jeanie Folzenlogen, a long-

time supporter of Good Shepherd.

Looking ahead, Think Pink hopes to

continue to grow, enabling the Breast

Center at Good Shepherd help even

more women in the fight against

breast cancer.

For more information about the

Breast Center at Good Shepherd,

please call 903-315-3860.

LUNCHEON EXPANDS,

Raises Money for The Breast Center

SAVE THE DATE

ThinkPink

2016

Wednesday,

May 4, 2016

More Information to Follow

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