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Event will raise money for a mobile mammography van serving Washington and Columbia counties.

                      Tuality Healthcare Foundation's annual dinner and dance is expanding this year, hosting a special fundraiser to continue the hospital's work in the community.

For more than three decades, the foundation's annual Dinner Dance has been a chance to celebrate the organization, which raises funds for Tuality Community Hospital and Tuality Healthcare. But this year, the annual dance is raising money to help women fight breast cancer across western Washington, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

"We're doing things a little differently this year," said Marykay Morelli, the foundation's director.

Set for Jan. 27 at NW Events and Environments, 2900 N.E. Century Blvd., the dance marks the first time the celebration has been held outside of Tuality's facilities.

"We want the community to understand that everyone is invited," Morelli said. "This is open to the community, and we welcome people to join us. It's going to be the best."

This year's dance, dubbed the Gatsby Gala, has a 1920s-inspired theme, paying homage to Tuality Community Hospital, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. The event is black tie or themed-dress-optional.

Tickets for the Dinner Dance are $125 and are available at tualtiyfoundation.org or by calling 503-681-1170.

Traditionally, proceeds from the event have gone to support the foundation and Tuality Healthcare, but Morelli said this month's event will include a special fundraiser to help purchase a new mobile mammography van, which will provide mammograms to women across the area.

"Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for American women, and it's the second leading cause of death," Morelli said. "Mammograms save lives, but what we're discovering is that some women — especially those in Northwest Oregon's coastal communities — have a challenge getting those mammograms done, whether its transportation or financial difficulties."

The hospital's "On the Road to Prevention" program will provide breast exams to women without making them travel into the Portland area, Morelli said. Tuality has operated a mobile mammography van since the early 1990s, but Morelli said the van is old and in need of replacement.

"We're the only entity in Oregon that offers this; it's very unique," she said. "The chance to buy a new one and have top-of-the-line tech in it, it will be exciting."

The annual Dinner Dance is one of a handful of fundraisers held by the foundation each year. In November, the group raised $830,000 for a special program aimed at helping workers in the Willamette Valley's winemaking industry access healthcare.

The organization's Salud program offers healthcare and education to vineyard workers and their families through a mobile clinic.

"This was our second highest generating auction ever, and we are very thankful for the generous contributions of our donors, sponsors and hosts who made this weekend event possible," said Pat Dukes, owner of Dukes Family Vineyards in Amity and co-chair of the Salud steering committee. "The funds raised will allow Salud to continue to provide health services to our vineyard workers and their families, who are the cornerstone of our wine industry."

Salud works with 150 vineyards throughout the northern Willamette Valley. For many vineyard workers, finding and accessing health care can be an overwhelming and confusing process, foundation officials said.

"Many vineyard workers move from crop to crop, and their temporary status with each employer makes them ineligible for insurance," the organization wrote in a statement. "Without that coverage, many workers and their family members do not seek professional health care until their problems become acute."

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