ONTARIO — With a line nearly out the door, and the room so full of people that it felt like a July evening, Berts Growler Garage was host of the second annual Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario Think Pink FUNdraiser on Thursday night.
The fundraising event featured a silent auction and prizes for those who came in their best pink outfits. Berts Growler Garage also donated 10 % of its proceeds on the night to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario.
Saint Alphonsus marketing director Claudia Weathermon Tester said the money raised from Thursday’s fundraiser will be going to the breast care exam rooms, specifically to liven up the spaces that they currently have.
“Right now they are very basic rooms,” Weathermon Tester said. “There’s no windows. There’s no paintings in them. We want them to be more welcoming for women. Because it can be a very traumatic time for a woman coming in for an exam.”
Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board of Directors member Jeanette Davidson-Mayer said any money raised will stay local, and making the exam rooms more comforting will be a major quality of life improvement for the hospital.
“For men and for women, it can be a very uncomfortable time,” Davidson-Mayer said. “We want to make the rooms feel more comfortable when you walk in.”
Davidson-Mayer also added that any excess money will go towards purchasing gas cards for Angel Wings Network, a volunteer organization that gives rides for cancer patients.
Davidson-Mayer said she couldn’t remember off the top of her head how much money was raised at the inaugural event last year, but she said they did meet their donations goal that year.
For Davidson-Mayer, Saint Alphonsus wanting to make its breast cancer care facilities better hits close to home as her sister is a breast cancer survivor.
“My sister, she’s one of my heroes,” Davidson-Mayer said. “She’s one of my mentors. So anything to help with breast cancer care is huge for me.”
Davidson-Mayer said the Think Pink FUNdraiser has been so easy to put together as Berts Growler Garage owner Michelle Bertalotto has been very inviting for the cause.
“I love working with Berts,” Davidson-Mayer said. “They always support military families. They support breast cancer care. It’s such a community-centered business.”
Weathermon Tester agreed with Davidson-Mayer.
“Michelle is so great,” Weathermon Tester said.