The GW Medical Faculty Associates Women's Health Board Raises $1.5 Million For Life-Saving Mobile Mammography Services

Oct 09, 2015, 19:05 ET from GW Medical Faculty Associates

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The GW Medical Faculty Associates congratulates The GW Medical Faculty Associates Women's Health Board which raised more than $1.5 million in funds in four years to support better access to life-saving mammography screenings available through the Mammovan – The Medical Faculty Associates' mobile mammography unit.

As chair of The GW Medical Faculty Associates Women's Health Board for the past four years, Blair Watters, senior director of government affairs at InterDigital Administrative Solutions, Inc., led fundraising efforts for The GW Medical Faculty Associates breast care program. Even with their success, The GW Medical Faculty Associates Women's Health Board notes there is more to be done in offering early detection screenings for women in metropolitan Washington – ranked first in the nation for deaths due to breast cancers. The Medical Faculty Associates Mammovan travels to community sites offering women one-stop screenings performed in a comfortable, convenient environment. The Mammovan has provided more than 40,000 screenings for women with about half of those for low-income and uninsured women.

"Blair's commitment and tireless work to support The Medical Faculty Associates breast care program ensures that thousands of Washington-area women have access to life-saving screenings this year," said Rachel Brem, MD, director of The Medical Faculty Associates Breast Imaging and Intervention Center.

Working in tandem with Ms. Watters in this year's fundraising efforts were fellow board members Sarah Bovim of Whirlpool Corporation, Michele Bertrand of The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sandra DePoy of American Resort Development Association, Courtney Geduldig of Standard and Poor's, Jacqueline Henry of the Henry Foundation, Kathryn Kennedy of Boast Creative, Nicole Backus of Nicole M. Backus Design, Marcus Mason of The Madison Group, Tiffany Moore of Moore Strategies, Jennifer Platt of International Council of Shopping Centers, Kimberly Russo of The George Washington University Hospital, and Kimberly Woodward of the WPG Group.

"Our major sponsors for this year include real estate advisory firm Serten Advisors, Safeway, Prevent Cancer Foundation, McKesson Corporation, McGraw Hill Financial and BB&T who have really helped guarantee our success," Mrs. Watters said. "Their support and the support of many others, provides early detection screening services that are critically important for the thousands of women we have reached."

Additional sponsors include, Alliant, American Resort Development Association, Arent Fox, Boast, Caskey Group, CEA, Epstein Becker Green, Fresh Air Duct Cleaning,  Genentech, GE, The George Washington University,  The George Washington University Hospital, Hilton, HITT,  ICSC, KitchenAid, Lockton, Madison Group, Marriott, Mary Kay, Moore Consulting, Nicole M. Backus Design, Personal Care Products Council, The Real Estate Roundtable, Starwood, T Mobile, TwinLogic Strategies, Viacom, WesleyPrestonGreen, Walmart, Western Litigation, and Wilson Elser.

The Blush Lunch is the Board's annual fundraising event, held Thursday, October 8 at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center, with nearly 400 supporters in attendance.  The gala featured speeches by Sen. Shelley Capito (R) West Virginia and Journalist Cokie Roberts.

"The Mammovan's operation relies on charitable contributions to reach the underserved populations in Washington DC. Fulfilling this mission would not be possible without Blair and The GW Medical Faculty Associates Women's Health Board unwavering commitment fundraising for the past four years," offered The Medical Faculty Associates CEO Stephen Badger. "Blair's exceptional work has elevated the Mammovan program and made it possible to reach more women who need care."

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