The Underwire Project: An Evening to Benefit Women's Breast Health, Friday, April 27, 6:30 PM
This San Mateo County Health Foundation event will raise funds for state-of-the-art digital mammography technology for the County’s public hospital.
San Mateo Medical Center, our County’s public hospital and clinic system, is the only public hospital in the Bay Area without digital mammography. San Mateo County Health Foundation is determined to change that. Under the leadership of community philanthropist Lilli Rey, the Foundation is hosting a benefit – The Underwire Project – to help raise funds for state-of-the-art digital mammography technology and outreach to women who would benefit from breast cancer screenings.
“This fundraiser gives women a tangible opportunity to make a positive impact on women’s health in San Mateo County,” said Mandy Farman-Farmaian, Chair of the
San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) currently provides more than 5,500 mammograms annually, and the average wait time for a mammogram is up to three months. “We
know that early detection and diagnosis is key to breast cancer survival,” said Rita Kavanaugh, Deputy Director of Clinical Ancillary Services at San Mateo Medical Center. “Digital mammography technology would allow us to double our capacity so women in underserved communities can get screenings. This will ultimately save lives.”
The women’s-only event will be held on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at a private residence in Hillsborough. Event host Lilli Rey will be joined by special guests Dr. Susan Ehrlich, CEO of the medical center, and Drs. Harriet Borofsky, Kathleen
McKenna, and Grace Hassid.
Ticket prices are $150/person, or a set of 4 for $500. Donations can also be made on behalf of a "Sister-in-Need" at http://www.theunderwireproject.eventbrite.com.
All donations are tax-deductible and will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $750,000.
US Congresswomen Speier, Eshoo, SM County Supervisors Tissier, Groom and Hillsborough Councilwomen Krolik and Chuang will participate in the event.
San Mateo County Health Foundation is committed to advancing wellness in our community by funding innovative healthcare programs at San Mateo Medical Center. San Mateo Medical Center is a 509-bed public hospital and clinic system. The medical center, part of the San Mateo County Health System, serves the health needs of all residents of San Mateo County, with an emphasis on education and prevention.