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Tough Enough To Wear Pink Raises Funds for St. Elizabeth’s Imaging Center

Red Bluff TETWP

Front row: from left to right: Stacy Shank, Les Shank, Jan Sutherland, Maggie Redmon, Todd Smith, John Read and J.B. Stacy. Middle row, from left to right: Dave Gowan, Paul Wood, Jolene Kemen, James Miller and John Trede. Back Row, from left: Rod Moore, Corky Kramer and Don Krois.

Red Bluff, Calif. — The Red Bluff Round-Up Association Directors are Tough Enough to Wear Pink! They, along with Jan Sutherland, and Les and Stacy Shank recently donated $31,000 to Todd Smith, President of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and Maggie Redmon, President of Mercy Foundation North The purpose of the donation was to benefit the services associated with breast cancer detection and treatment provided by St. Elizabeth Community Hospital’s Imaging Center. The donation was made possible by the auction of a package put together by the Red Bluff Round-Up Association and other community donors. Jan Sutherland and Les and Stacy Shank of Taco Bell, were the successful bidders of this year’s package during the 2015 Red Bluff Round-Up Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) rodeo performance.

This year’s package contained an assortment of both donated and purchased items. The Red Bluff Round-Up Association purchased custom made pink chaps, a custom made belt buckle, a set of custom spurs and spur straps, and a $200 Boot Barn gift certificate. Donated items included a Resistol hat certificate donated by Wayne Brooks, Bob Tallman, and Resistol Hats; a Justin Boots gift certificate donated by Justin Boots; a Boot Barn goodie bag donated by Boot Barn; a Wrangler Jeans certificate donated by Wrangler; and a case of Purple Cowboy Wine donated by TETWP. “I would like to thank the Rodeo Association for their continued sponsorship of Tough Enough to Wear Pink and to extend that appreciation to all those who support this event,” added Sister Patricia Manoli. “The donations given today will go far into the future of caring for others, especially to, the least of our brothers and sisters.”

The TETWP campaign promotes breast cancer awareness and raises funds locally through rodeos and western events. The campaign began in 2004 when entrepreneur and breast cancer survivor Terry Wheatley blended support of the western community with a campaign against breast cancer. Since its inception over ten years ago, TETWP has raised more than $10 million for breast cancer charities, most of which stays within local communities.

Jolene Kemen, Red Bluff Round-Up Director, stresses that “Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a community-wide event and many businesses, service organizations, and individuals participate in the event. Since 2006, Tough Enough to Wear Pink activities have brought in over $350,000 in donations that benefit St. Elizabeth’s Community Hospital’s Imaging Center.”

Along with the TETWP auction, local donors include the following; Wrangler, Rotary, Tehama Shooters, Haleakala Ranch, and The Round Up Association. This year the TETWP campaigned raised almost $61,000 for St. Elizabeth Community Hospital.

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital thanks these sponsors. President Todd Smith says, “We are more than grateful to the Red Bluff Round-Up Association and all the organizations in Tehama County that participate in Tough Enough to Wear Pink for their continued support and generosity, their contributions help us ensure that all Tehama County residents get the care they need locally.”