Event is Oct. 17 at Lakeview

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2011 Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fashion Show featuring breast cancer survivors as models, along with professional models, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown. The event honors breast cancer survivors, raises awareness about breast cancer and serves as a fundraiser for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at West Virginia University.

“Many adjectives could be used to accurately describe the fashion show, including fun, exciting and entertaining,” Judith Schreiman, M.D., radiologist at the Breast Care Center, said. “But my favorite adjective is inspirational because of all the breast cancer survivors who model. They have bravely fought breast cancer, and the spotlight rightfully shines on them.”
Models will sport fashions provided by local boutiques including Coni and Franc, Coldwater Creek and Vance’s Blues and will be accessorized with unique hats from featured designer My Fair Lady Boutique of Teaneck, N.J. Morgantown’s Spa Roma will provide hairstyling and make-up.

Fashion show tickets may be pre-purchased and held at registration. VIP tickets are $80 and general admission tickets are $60. Please call 304-293-8604 for tickets.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and raffles before they are ushered into the Grand Ballroom for the fashion show at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to donate to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the event. At the conclusion of the show there will be an after party during which attendees can mingle with the designers and models. Prize winners will also be announced and prizes will be available for pick-up.

Free self-parking is available. Valet parking will be provided for a $5 charge with proceeds going to the Breast Care Center.

Last year’s Betty Puskar Breast Cancer Fashion Show raised more than $50,000 enabling the center to purchase a state-of-the-art, digital DEXA bone density machine. It is able to do fracture risk assessments to determine the likelihood that a person would suffer a bone fracture over a 10-year period. It can also calculate body fat composition, an important risk factor associated with serious health conditions such as cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, anorexia nervosa and obesity.

The Breast Care Center is an American College of Radiology (ACR) designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

The Center was created through the generosity of Betty Puskar, a Morgantown philanthropist, who was treated out-of-state for breast cancer. She wanted to establish a center where West Virginia women could receive the highest quality of care close to home.

For information on the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center see www.wvucancer.org/bpbcc.

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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