United Way Donates $13,000 to Florida Hospital Flagler and the Flagler County Education Foundation

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PALM COAST, Fla., January 13, 2016 On Jan. 8, United Way Women's Initiative of Flagler presented Florida Hospital Flagler and the Flagler County Education Foundation with a check for $13,164.74.

These funds were proceeds from United Way Women's Initiative of Flagler's High Tea Fundraiser in October and were split between Florida Hospital Flagler and the Flagler County Education Foundation. At Florida Hospital Flagler, these funds will help provide screening mammograms and diagnostic studies to local women.

The Education Foundation is honored to share in the proceeds of this wonderful event. These funds will directly impact the students in Flagler County, said Flagler County Education Foundation executive director Deb Williams.

Suzie Adams and I have co-chaired this event for several years and we are so excited to represent all those who participated in our High Tea, said 2015 High Tea chairwoman Suzanne Johnston. This motivates us because we are truly helping and giving back to people in our community who truly need it.

During the High Tea fundraiser, women learned about breast cancer while wearing exquisite hats and enjoying tea and scones. This year, guest speakers included Florida Hospital Flagler plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Cashio and Florida Oral and Facial Surgical Associates facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Curtis Schalit.

The United Way, once again, championed an event that truly impacts our community, said Florida Hospital Flagler chief executive officer Ken Mattison. We are so appreciative of everyone who participated in the High Tea. Their generosity will allow our foundation to continue to provided mammograms and screening to those in our community in need.

The Florida Hospital Pink Army campaign began in Volusia and Flagler counties in the fall of 2010 and is aimed at enlisting individuals to help create greater awareness about the life-saving benefits of annual mammograms and early detection. In its first year alone, the Florida Hospital Pink Army enlisted more than 6,000 soldiers to battle breast cancer. Now, armed with more than 53,000 soldiers, the Florida Hospital Pink Army movement has swept across the state, encouraging Central Floridians to join this important cause. Florida Hospital Pink Army is on active duty in the following counties: Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. To learn more about the Florida Hospital Pink Army, visit www.JoinThePinkArmy.com or visit our Facebook page.

The mission of the United Way Women's Initiative of Flagler County is to create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children of Flagler County by focusing on root causes and pulling resources to increase our impact. For more information and for upcoming details on upcoming events and how you can help, visit the website at unitedwayvfc.org/WIF or visit our Facebook: facebook.com/FlaglerCountyWomensInitiative

About Florida Hospital Flagler

Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 44 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital's main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women's center and physician offices. For more information, call Call386-586-2000.

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