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Pink! Gala

Organizers of the annual "Pink!" gala say the event raised more than $300,000 to buy additional breast cancer screening equipment for the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial hospital.

"The money raised at this event ensures the Chattanooga community has access to the most advanced breast cancer technology and treatments available," said Jennifer Nicely, president of the CHI Memorial Foundation.

The funds will be used to purchase a second tomosynthesis machine at Memorial's breast cancer center. The device captures a series of images of the breast from different angles and combines them into a three-dimensional mammogram image.

That gives the hospital's radiologist a more complete view of the breast tissue and possible tumors.

Since it's start 11 years ago, the Pink! gala has raised more than $2.75 million, CHI Memorial officials said. The funds have allowed CHI Memorial to purchase two mobile health vans, that visit 24 counties in East Tennessee, and five in north Georgia.

Last year, 4,300 people received a breast or cervical screening on the vans, according to CHI Memorial officials.

More than 1,000 people attended the event Jan. 30 at the Chattanooga ConventionCenter.

This year's gala was hosted by Julie Brandao and Holly Harwell.

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