Breast Cancer Awareness highlighted by fashion night.
CHICAGO---About 100 people attended a fun-filled and elegant fashion event in the South Loop this week. While the night featured lavish clothing and accessories, it was more than simply a day to dress up. Advocate Trinity Hospital partnered with Barbara Bates to create a two-hour boutique showcase to raise awareness for a worthy cause.
More than $10,000 worth of clothing was purchased with 20 percent going to the Trinity in its effort to purchase a new 3D Tomosynthesis mammography technology and digital machine for breast cancer detection. About 39,620 U.S. women were expected to die from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women. Some people bought select off-the-rack items that were available at the showcase, while others chose fabric and were measured for custom-fit clothing that they will receive later.
“Barbara Bates is a Chicago fashion icon and she put together a wonderful night” said Ann Hartnett, Advocate Trinity manager of development, who also chaired the event committee. “She cares so much about community health care. This is the first of many partnerships we hope to have.”
Trinity Hospital is working hard to bring high quality and state-of-the-art services to the south east side of Chicago in a community that has some of the highest incidence of chronic disease in the entire state, said President Michelle Gaskill.
Since beginning her fashion empire in 1986, Chicago-native fashion designer Bates has become a dynamic leader in the fashion industry. Her company, Bates Designs, has dressed some of the world's most fabulous fashionistas, entertainers, celebrity clients, community leaders and influential figures, including Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey and Whitney Houston. Her empire all started with a $5,000 investment. In 1999, Bates founded her charity, the Barbara Bates Foundation, to help support and inspire inner-city high school students. The foundation has grown to include breast cancer education and awareness. Bates herself is a breast cancer survivor.
About Trinity Hospital Providing healthcare on the Southeast Side of Chicago for over 115 years, Advocate Trinity Hospital is a 193-bed not-for-profit health care facility. Part of Advocate Health Care, Trinity offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as a variety of community outreach programs. For more information on Trinity, please visit www.advocatehealth.com/trinity.
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