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Celebrity Bartending Event at the Sarasota Yacht Club raises more than $30,000 for Womens Breast Cancer Programs at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System

Sarasota, FL (November 3, 2017)-The Sarasota Yacht Club, Women on Wednesday group, dressed up in their favorite pink outfits and hosted a celebrity bartending fundraiser on Wednesday, October 18 raising more than $30,000, benefiting the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the women’s breast cancer services at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

Sarasota Yacht Club members attending the event bid on live auction items including a four person chef’s table dinner at the club, sailing lessons, wine basket and fitness package. Celebrity gentlemen members of the Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC) dressed up as servers and bartenders and donated tips back for the cause.

“The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is thrilled to be the beneficiary of such a fun and successful event. We are honored to be chosen by the Sarasota Yacht Club as their charitable partner. We applaud SYC in coming together to raise critical funds for women’s breast cancer services in our community,” said Mason Ayres SMHF President.

SYC’s CEO Bernie Kloppenburg added, “The Sarasota Yacht Club is proud to serve as a community citizen in providing needed funds for such essential breast cancer services.  We are delighted that Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has allowed us to participate with this worthy cause.”

Funds raised help cover approximately 1,000-breast health visits for low-income or uninsured residents who need breast health screenings and/or diagnostic tests. Tests include mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies for those who do not quality for other assistance. Ongoing grants from Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation also support a Clinical Oncologist Coordinator, Cancer Research Coordinator and Gynecological Tissue Banking Collection.

About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Since 1976, the Foundation has provided support for patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology and facilities. For more information visit smhf.org

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