HIGH POINT — The annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon, a popular fundraising event that had to be canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will return this year but with a slightly different format.
“This year, because we are unable to meet in person at the High Point Country Club, hostesses and sponsors are invited to host in their homes and businesses for small groups,” explained Erin Gibson, development and community relations officer for the sponsoring High Point Regional Health Foundation.
The event will be held May 5, during lunchtime, with individual hostesses and sponsors determining what time their gathering will begin.
The luncheon will be catered by the High Point Country Club, with the foundation’s office staff delivering the meals to the individual homes and businesses.
As in years past, there will be a nationally recognized keynote speaker, but this year it will be a prerecorded program featuring New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan, whose books include “The Middle Place,” “Lift,” “Tell Me More” and “Glitter and Glue.” She will share her own successful battle against breast cancer.
The Pink Ribbon Luncheon, which started nearly 20 years ago, benefits the Pink Ribbon Program at High Point Medical Center’s Hayworth Cancer Center, which provides support to newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as funding for additional initiatives, including supplemental funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income patients.
Among services paid for through the Pink Ribbon Luncheon are:
•Pink Ribbon Comfort Bags, which are designed to bring comfort to newly diagnosed cancer patients as they journey from diagnosis to treatment. The bags include such items as a fleece blanket to be used during chemotherapy treatments; a food journal to keep track of specialized diets and nutritional requirements; an embroidered satin pillowcase for comfort; and personal care and hygiene products.
•Pink Pony Mammograms, a program that provides much-needed financial support for low-income, uninsured women to receive funded mammograms and other breast health services.
•CancerFitt, a free, 12-week exercise and education program tailored specifically for cancer survivors.
•Staff training and family education materials.
Donations cover the cost of the Pink Ribbon Luncheon. For individuals, the cost is $60. To serve as a table hostess, the cost starts at $600. Sponsorships range from $600 to $10,000.