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Luncheon puts focus on women's health

May. 04, 2013 @ 11:48 PM

HUNTINGTON -- There were red hats and white hats, and hats with feathers, flowers, scarves and tulle, but only one purpose for Ebenezer Medical Outreach's inaugural Derby Hat Luncheon: Women's health.

The first-ever Derby Hat Luncheon, hosted in the John Marshall Room at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center, drew several dozen Tri-State ladies for a Kentucky Derby-themed afternoon of games, food, a hat parade and more. The importance of the event, said executive director Yvonne Jones, goes beyond the frills and straight to the heart of women's health.

"We're trying to concentrate on women's breast health. You know, the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day, and women don't always slow down long enough to focus on themselves," Jones said. "So, we're using this event as a way to encourage them to get their mammograms and just take care of themselves."

Saturday's program served as an outreach of Ebenezer's Save Our Sisters program.

"Breast and cervical health is so important. Save Our Sisters is a group of laywomen who learn about breast and cervical health and go out and tell their sisters about it," Jones said. "It's really a very important tool in helping educate women and being a support to women while trying to help our sisters be healthy."

Sabrina Jewett of Huntington said she heard about the Derby Hat Luncheon through the newspaper and radio advertising, and gathered her sister and a few others to attend. Picking from her personal collection of "at least 35" hats was a harder decision.

"This is a wonderful event and a good thing that Ebenezer is focusing on," said Jewett, whose eye-catching hat featured flowers and feathers. "It's just something fun to do, and I'm all about fun and having a good time."

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