Seventy-six members and guests of Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown participated in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament on July 26, raising more than $2,200 to benefit the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.
Event co-chairs Gwinn Derricott and Jane Hukill, both volunteers at UM SMC at Chestertown, applaud the event’s continued growth in support of Leh Women’s Center.
“We call it the Pink Polar Bear tournament because medical experts explained to us that finding breast cancer can be like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard,” Hukill says. “The availability of leading-edge, life-saving technologies offered at Leh Women’s Center is a great asset to our community, and we’re pleased to help support it.”
Leh Women’s Center, which opened in October 2013, offers mammography, bone density and body mass index evaluation services, and was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can find breast cancer at the earliest-possible stage. Last year, the Center performed 2,686 mammograms.
“Our participants say this is the most fun tournament in which they play — we’ve come a long way from a small group of lady golfers a few years ago to include teams of men and women of all ages,” Derricott says. “We’re looking forward to many more tournaments.”