Beebe Medical Foundation’s 27th Annual Beebe Ball to help fund 3D mammography technology in Sussex County

Organizers of the Beebe Medical Foundation’s 27th Annual Beebe Ball are inviting everyone to “An evening aboard the Orient Express,” to take place November 1, 2014, at the Rehoboth Convention Center.   

The monies raised from this year’s Ball will go towards Beebe Healthcare’s goal of providing additional 3D mammography services to Sussex County women.  Beebe is introducing this advanced technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), in October at the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24. Beebe’s goal is to introduce a second machine there in 2015. At present, Beebe has seven, traditional 2D mammography machines located throughout its service area.

3D mammography takes multiple images of breast tissue using a low-dose scan, providing radiologists with greater clarity in identifying and characterizing individual breast structures. Radiologists are then able to better identify abnormalities in women with dense breasts and leads to fewer callbacks and biopsies.

“We have seen an increase in excitement and interest this year for the Beebe Ball and this specific project of helping Sussex County women in our community,” says Tom Protack, Director of Development for the Foundation. “Supporters like the fact that 100% of the monies raised are guaranteed to stay here in Sussex County.  Beebe is now serving Sussex County in seven locations!  Every family has been touched in some way by breast cancer and this technology will help to relieve the stress and anxiety for our loved ones.”

Andrea Hanna, a 14-year breast cancer survivor and a Beebe team member, says that raising funds to support Beebe’s purchase of the 3D technology is an effort close to her heart.

“Cancer is a devastating diagnosis, but what people don’t realize is the wait for the diagnosis can be excruciating,” she says. “The Beebe Medical Foundation has raised money for projects and services that might not have materialized otherwise.  This year’s project of 3D Mammography touches very close to my heart.”

Judy Aliquo, President and CEO of the Beebe Medical Foundation said that, “We are very happy to have already received a generous grant of $100,000 from the Welfare Foundation in Wilmington. Our goal is to raise the other $150,000 through the strong support of so many donors, business and supporters at the Beebe Ball!  It costs $250,000 to add 3D technology to each 2D machine.”

The Beebe Ball is the signature event of the season and usually sells out early.   It is an elegant, black-tie-optional affair with fine food catered by Nage, music by the Big City Band and fabulous silent and live auctions.  This year, there also will be a raffle to win a trip to California’s Napa Valley aboard the Wine Train and a visit to San Francisco.

Andrea Hanna continues, “I truly feel my life has been many times blessed and I am always looking for ways to pass it forward that is why I support the Beebe Ball and volunteer to help.  So please, join me in helping with this awesome project. Be generous and if you have ever been blessed in your life…pass it forward!”

All are invited to attend to support Beebe Healthcare and your community.   To learn more about ticket purchases, sponsorships, or volunteering, call the Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900 or go to www.beebefoundation.org.

The Beebe Medical Foundation was founded in 1989 with the sole mission to raise philanthropic support for Beebe Healthcare projects. The Foundation is located at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958 in the historic home of Dr. Richard Beebe, co-founder of Beebe Hospital. 

Caption: More than 50 local volunteers for the Beebe Ball gathered at the “Sign Up Party” hosted by Chris and Chanell Dagesse of Lewes.  Front row from left to right:  Chris and Chanell Dagesse;  Judy Aliquo, President and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation; Benedette Cooper and Suzanne Landon, Co-Chairs of Beebe Ball; Tom Protack, Director of Development for the Beebe Medical Foundation;  and Andrea Hanna.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.