Priscilla Hill and Katherine Johnston are two local cancer survivors whose portraits and personal stories are featured in Portraits of Hope in downtown Covington. Their stories can be viewed in the window of The Lula Building. (Staff Photo: Crystal Tatum)
COVINGTON — Sixty-two breast cancer survivors are telling their stories in Newton Medical Center’s Portraits of Hope this October to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This is the eighth year shop owners around the Square have supported Portraits of Hope, sponsored by Newton Medical Auxiliary and Volunteer Services and the Women’s Diagnostic Center. Photos of local survivors, their stories of hope and years they have been a survivor, are displayed in windows downtown, and pink ribbons, the symbol for breast cancer awareness, are tied around lamp posts.
Martha Taylor, director of Volunteer Services, said the hope is that by reading these survivors’ stories, women will be encouraged to get mammograms, and that the community will celebrate the lives of survivors.
One way to celebrate is to attend the Hope Luncheon hosted by Volunteer Services on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The luncheon is open to the community and tickets are $10 each or $100 for a table of 10. The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church at 1139 Usher St. in Covington.
This year’s theme is “The Patchwork of Our Lives” and the keynote speaker is Ardis Young, founder of the church’s Healing Hugs Quilt Ministry, whose members make quilts for cancer patients.
In other news, Volunteer Services is hosting the Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament to raise money for the emergency room expansion on Friday, Oct. 18. The event begins at 10 a.m. at The Oaks Course with registration, a vendor health fair and lunch until 11:45 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Organizers are seeking players and sponsors. The cost for individual players is $125 if registered prior to Oct. 11 and $145 after. Sponsor contributions can range from $350 to $5,000 or more. For more information and to download a registration form, visit http://nmcvolunteers.com and click on Special Events.
The fundraising goal for the golf tournament is $36,000, which would complete Volunteer Services’ $406,000 goal for the ER expansion, Taylor said.
The tournament will also include a golf ball drop via helicopter that is open to the community. Balls can be purchased for $10, and will be numbered. The ticket holders with the corresponding number of the first two that land in a hole, or come closest to a hole, win. The first-prize winner can decide between $500 or a 50-inch flat screen TV, with the second-prize winner taking the remaining prize. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.
Tickets to the luncheon, golf tournament and ball drop can be purchased by visiting Volunteer Services at 4152 Mill St. or by calling 770-788-6553.
Finally, the popular $5 fall jewelry sale takes place in the lobby of Newton Medical from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Volunteer services receives a portion of proceeds.