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September 10, 2020 - The St. Joseph's/Candler SmartWomen event will take place virtually this year, celebrating 18 local women while raising money for the Telfair Mammography Fund at sjcsmartwomen.org. This year their goal is to raise $100,000 online through the generous support of the community and sponsors.

SmartWomen is an annual fundraiser for St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital, which includes the Mammography Fund at Telfair Pavilion that provides mammograms and other breast care services for those who cannot afford those life-saving services.

In honor of the 18th year, St. Joseph’s/Candler will feature 18 smart women from right here in Savannah and the Low Country.

Each of these Smart Women will share their insight and knowledge, straight from the heart, in their own virtual vignettes:

  • Bertice Berry
  • Captain Judy Helmey
  • Joanie Heyward
  • Shirley James
  • Sheryl Jones
  • Fran Kaminsky
  • Susan Ketchum
  • Dottie Kluttz
  • Kathy Levitt
  • Anne Read Lattimore
  • Emily McCarthy
  • Leslie Richardson
  • Sallie Ann Robinson
  • Malena Stone
  • Libbie Summers
  • Lindsay Thomas
  • Whitney Williams-Smith
  • Melissa Yao Hille

These women aren’t just notable, they’re also our neighbors. Their stories come from that special place we all share—our home in Savannah and the Low Country.

Last year SmartWomen raised $183,743 for uninsured and underinsured women to get the mammograms and breast health services they need.  

In our region, approximately 25 percent of the population is uninsured or underinsured. The Telfair Mammography Fund ensures that all women have access to mammography and other services, even if they have no insurance or high deductibles or co-pays. It is actually the one fund that St. Joseph’s/Candler’s President & CEO Paul P. Hinchey likes to see depleted each year. 

“Because that means that uninsured and underinsured women are getting their mammograms,” Hinchey says. “We do not want any woman in our region to miss getting their mammogram because they don’t have insurance. Each year this event helps fill that fund back up again.”

Past years’ luncheons have featured notable women such as Taya Kyle, Jane Seymour, Anne Burrell, Fran Drescher, Amy Grant, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Marilu Henner, Joan Lunden, Giuliana Rancic, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn, Peggy Fleming, Ivana Trump, Erin Brockovich, Suze Orman and author Mary Kay Andrews.

Donations can easily be made online at sjcsmartwomen.org. In addition to making donations, participants can enjoy the annual Diamond Dig, with support from Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. For $25 participants can enter to win a stunning ring—a 2 CTW baguette and round diamond band in 14K white gold with a diamond quality of g-H SI1-SI2 that is valued at $6,500. The drawing will be on Oct. 2, and to enter visit www.sjchs.org/diamonddig.

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