This year's annual dance raised money for a mobile mammography van to serve the wider region.

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation raised more than $480,000 at this year's annual dinner and dance fundraiser.

Held Jan. 27, the "Great Gatsby"-themed event was held to celebrate Tuality Community Hospital's 100th anniversary.

For more than three decades, the foundation's annual Dinner Dance has raised funds for Tuality Community Hospital and Tuality Healthcare. But this year, the annual dance raised money to purchase a new mobile mammography van, which will provide mammograms to women across western Washington, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

"Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for American women, and it's the second leading cause of death," Foundation Director Marykay Morelli said last month. "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."

Morelli said the fundraiser's 240 attendees raised $486,295 for the mammography van.

The OHSU Foundation helped secure a $100,000 match for the fundraiser, according to Morelli.

"You did life-saving work tonight," she told the crowd of 240 people. "Your extraordinary generosity will help bring mammograms and cancer support to underserved women from Washington County to the coast."

Tuality's current mammography van is at the end of its useful life, Morelli said, and travels to limited areas only. It is the only mammography van in Oregon.

The new van will be able to travel to an expanded area including rural Oregon. The hospital's "On the Road to Prevention" campaign will create a care fund for underserved women needing mammograms, as well as travel and accommodations assistance when receiving treatment at Tuality Healthcare.

By Geoff Pursinger
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