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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Money raised during BCFO event goes to help cancer families

  • The final numbers are not in yet, but organizers with the third annual Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) Pink Ribbon Gala – which was held Friday at Downstream Casino Resort – are grateful for the turnout.
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  • The final numbers are not in yet, but organizers with the third annual Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) Pink Ribbon Gala – which was held Friday at Downstream Casino Resort – are grateful for the turnout.
    “Here is the beautiful part of BCFO in the four states, and this is a fact, we added about 12 new sponsors to the gala this year, that is huge,” said Kristi Seibert, outreach director for BCFO. “Obviously our reach into the community is definitely growing, more and more people area aware of what we do and why we do it. It is growing, that is growing amongst business people and that is a huge plus.”
    An estimated 450 people showed up for the gala, which included dinner, silent and live auctions, music by Members Only Band and even dancing.
    The money raised, according to Seibert in an earlier interview with the Neosho Daily News, went to a great cause.
    “The money goes to the different programs that we have,” she said. “The most expensive one is our client assistance one, that is when a lady has been diagnosed with breast cancer and she is in active treatment. The foundation reviews her application and what we do is we maintain that household budget, meaning we make house payments, we pay for rent, we pay for utility bills, if there are children in the home, we help with daycare, buy school supplies. We fix cars, whatever is needed to keep her or we have had men clients as well, to keep them going. On the medical side of things, we don’t pay any medical bills, however, what we do pay are the mammograms, screening mammograms, that is why we partner with our medical community, with Freeman (Health System) and Mercy, is because of the mammograms.”
    About BCFO
    The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks is a resource for individuals and families in Southwest Missouri who are impacted by breast cancer.
    Seibert thanked all the people who came out to the gala and donated to the gala as well.
    “Truly, truly amazed that I am at the good heart of our four states area, our community,” she said. “They continue to pour out their support, their love toward this cause and towards the families. All that I can do is say thank you from the very bottom of my heart.”
    For more information, contact Kristi Seibert at 434-2200.

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