Organizers with Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) are gearing up for a fundraiser to help raise money for the worthy cause.

Organizers with Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) are gearing up for a fundraiser to help raise money for the worthy cause.
The 6th Annual Pink Ribbon Gala will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, July 28, at Downstream Casino and Resort.
The Daily News caught up with Kristi Seibert, outreach director for BCFO, and asked her some questions.

NDN: What is the main purpose of BCFO?
Seibert: BCFO is a resource for individuals and families in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma who are impacted by breast cancer. BCFO is here so that anyone who needs a mammogram, gets one. BCFO is here so that the electricity stays on in the patient’s home during the recovery process. BCFO is here so that patients do not worry about anything other than getting through their treatment plan and recovering.

NDN: What is the theme for this year's event?
Seibert: The 2017 theme is fun and whimsical Pink Panther. Downstream Casino Pavilion will transform into 1960s Paris, where Inspector Clouseau always solves the case with a series of real squaresville disguises and loads of luck.

NDN: What is the main purpose of the fundraiser?
Seibert: BCFO has several programs to help those dealing with breast cancer during different stages of the treatment and recovery. The purpose of BCFO and the fundraising efforts are to fund and sustain its programs and services. The Financial Assistance Program provides short-term, non-medical financial assistance to those in the BCFO service area, who are in current treatment for breast cancer with demonstrated financial need. Assistance has been provided for one or more of the following financial obligations:  Rent or mortgage; Auto repairs; Utility assistance; Auto insurance; Propane for heat; Auto payments.
BCFO provides Free Screening Mammograms to qualified applicants through qualified medical centers throughout southwest Missouri.  Free screening mammograms are provided to uninsured and underinsured women who meet BCFO’s financial criteria.  This program covers screening mammograms only.
BCFO offers assistance to children of families impacted by breast cancer through the Children’s Fund.  Financial assistance is provided on a case by case basis and has included help toward:  school supplies; childcare; clothing; holiday gifts; orthodontic continuation.

NDN: What is the dress attire and what will transpire during the event?
Seibert: Choose your threads carefully from business to formal!  Impress in head-to-toes Panther pink, 60s Paris runway fashions or as your favorite bumbling Clouseau alter ego. At 6 p.m., guests mingle with colleagues  and friends inspecting silent and live auction items.  The traditional "BlingBling" Raffle will be offered by purchasing a giant Pink Panther Flashing Diamond Boutonniere or Ring.  Chances are $20 each or 6 for $100.   Prize is the illusive "Pink Panther Ring." Downstream culinary experts will prepare splendid French cuisine that will satisfy  Inspector Clouseau and all the Pink Panthers. Cash Bar available. The traditional Pink Ribbon Gala Live Auction offers unique items and adventures. Larry Glaze has created a one of a kind High Top Round Table with two bar stools; Kansas City Chiefs Season Tickets and Parking Passes;  Original paintings by Becky Moore and Percilla Penner,  lovely jewelry, Joplin Floor Design Gift Certificate  and much more. Live Entertainment will be Diversity Band.  Emcee for the event isGary Stubblefield and auctioneer will Pat Kelly.
   
NDN: What is the price of the tickets?
Seibert: Sponsorships are still available and begin at $500 for 4 seats.  Individual tickets are $150 each.  To obtain more information and/or tickets, contact Kristi Seibert, BCFO OutreachDirector at Kristi@bcfo.org.

NDN: Finally, how many people have you helped through BCFO?
Seibert: BCFO has helped both women and men diagnosed with breast cancer ranging in age from 25 to 80 plus. BCFO clients represent a wide range of circumstances. Many are challenged to cover basic living expenses when faced with the unexpected financial obligations associated with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.