Field Hockey Tournament to Benefit Webber Breast Care Center
Teams are seeking donations to benefit those diagnosed with breast cancer
July 11, 2012
Area high school field hockey fans are in for another treat this summer when Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) hosts the annual Battle for Breast Cancer Tournament, Round 2, a round robin benefit field hockey tournament taking place at Colby College in Waterville on Friday, July 27, from 3:30–9 p.m.
The beneficiary is the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, a program of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. More than $17,000 was raised for the center last summer at the tournament’s debut that included four teams.
Five Central Maine high school field hockey teams are participating this year: Skowhegan, Winslow, Mt. Blue, Lawrence, and Nokomis. Team members are currently seeking donations from family and friends for the tournament and approaching businesses for sponsorship. On-line donations can be made by visiting https://www2.fchn.org/donate and can be directed to one of the teams playing.
Paula Doughty, Skowhegan High School field hockey coach and a resident of Farmington, developed the idea after talking with Gardiner and Cony field hockey coaches, Moe McNally and Krista Chase, respectively, who ran a similar event in their communities with great results. “They raved how beneficial it was, not only for the community, but for the girls participating,” Doughty remarked. “It raised a lot of awareness about breast cancer.”
In addition to the tournament, pink inspirational balloons will be on sale in the Franklin Memorial Hospital cafeteria from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and Thursday July 26. Inspirational balloons can also be purchased the day of the tournament. Each biodegradable balloon will be sold for $1 and includes an inscribed personalized message. At the end of the tournament, student-athletes, coaches, and fans holding balloons will gather on the field to release the balloons with their thoughts of hope, prayers, and memories of loved ones.
According to Janis Walker, FCHN interim fund development director, “All funds raised will be used for working people diagnosed with breast cancer at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center who are uninsured or under-insured.”
Cost to attend the tournament is $5 per adult/ $2 for children and concessions will be available. At the opening of the tournament family of Martha B. Webber, Peter Webber and Kate Webber Punderson, will address the student-athletes and fans, acknowledge donations and emphasizing their passion for early detection of breast cancer.
The Webber family created an endowed fund for the support of the breast center in 2004 in memory of Peter Webber’s late wife, Martha, who passed away as the result of breast cancer in 1995.
Checks payable to FCHN can be mailed to the Fund Development Office, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, ME 04938. For more information, contact Walker at 779-2750.
The Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center offers timely access to state-of-the-art digital screening, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasounds, clinical, and care support services by a multi-disciplinary team of experts.
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