Community-wide efforts resulted in donations of $11,000 to The Foundation at KVH to support local breast cancer screening and education within Kittitas County.
The largest portion of the funds was raised in a single day. For the past several years, the Ellensburg Rodeo Association and The Foundation at KVH have partnered with local volunteers to turn Sunday of the Ellensburg Rodeo into Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day. This year, $7,000 was raised on rodeo Sunday through donations and sales of Tough Enough to Wear Pink merchandise.
In addition, volunteers with the local Tough Enough to Wear Pink committee and The Foundation at KVH raised over $3,000 through merchandise sales at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.
The final contributions to this year’s total came through fundraising events held at Ellensburg businesses Gard Vintners and Grapes and Crepes.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink funds donated to The Foundation at KVH provide free mammography screenings for women in need and breast cancer education materials in our community.
“Every year the support in our community surrounding the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign continues to grow,” said Michele Wurl, director of The Foundation at KVH. “Research has shown that early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer, and these donations are helping us get that message out and give individuals access to the services they need.”
Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a national campaign sponsored by Wrangler.
For more information on the Tough Enough to Wear Pink fund at The Foundation at KVH contact the Foundation Office at (509) 933-8669.
Photo caption: Ellensburg Rodeo Board of Director representative Bob Crowe presents a $7,000 donation check to KVH personnel and Tough Enough to Wear Pink committee members. From left to right: Julie Petersen, Stacy Olea, Connie Dunnington, Bob Crowe, Donna Walker, and Michele Wurl.