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Breast Cancer Fundraiser to Celebrate Nonprofit’s 20 Years in Arlington

A charity fund raising money for local cancer patients’ medical needs is hosting its 20th annual fundraising night in Arlington next month.

The Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund is throwing their 20th annual benefit in Ballston on Sunday, April 7 from 5-7 p.m., at the Mercedes-Benz dealership on 585 N. Glebe Road. The event is is being hosted together with the Arlington County Medical Society Foundation.

The benefit will serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres and will feature music and door prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear business casual — and show up wearing the color pink.

General Admission tickets for April’s charity night cost $85, with a $35 discount for people younger than 40. Those interested in attending can RSVP online.

Proceeds will go towards covering the cost of preventative breast cancer screening for uninsured Arlingtonians.

Event co-organizers include the Virginia Hospital Center, the Arlington Department of Human Services and Arlington Free Clinic.

The Sharon McGowan fund was created by the family of Sharon McGown, an Arlington mother of seven who died in 1997 of breast cancer. The fund organizes activities year-round from T-shirt sales to networking happy hours raising money for breast cancer prevention and treatments, including mammograms, sonograms, biopsies, medical devices and medications for people without insurance.

The donations have provided “1,500 mammograms, 200 comprehensive sonograms, and over 140 biopsies” over the last decade, per the fund’s website.

Photo via Flickr user Faye Mozingo

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