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Guest column: Barton Foundation turning to new fundraising events (opinion)

Troy Matthews
Guest Column

The Barton Foundation relies on fundraising events to support Barton Health in its mission of providing safe, high quality care and engaging the community to improve regional health and wellness.

As executive director, it's important to me that the Foundation ensures these events are aligned with our goals to support the health of our community.

Cocktails for a Cause has been an event that has been near and dear to the hearts of Foundation staff, volunteers and attendees. It's a cocktail contest where local bartenders compete to produce a signature designer cocktail for the Barton Gala in December.

Although safely managed and successful, the Barton Foundation has decided to move away from Cocktails for a Cause, and shift to a new fundraising event focused on healthy recreation.

With the opening of the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness and in the spirit of whole-person care, the Foundation's new venue for fundraising will take place in the great outdoors at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

On March 23, 2019 the first annual Pink Heavenly event will kick off the next generation of the Barton Foundation's fundraising events.

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I hope you'll join the fun at this ski and ride festival, which will support Barton Health's cancer wellness programs such as free movement classes, support groups, nutrition programs, and counseling to address emotional and behavioral health needs.

Pink Heavenly participants form teams in support of a survivor or someone fighting the disease, or in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. Each team member can donate individually and also rally friends and family to support the cause.

Teams come to the mountain decked out in outrageous pink costumes to ski, snowboard, enjoy live music, and partake in the many other family-friendly activities on the mountain.

Pink Heavenly is not just for breast cancer patients. The money raised at this event will help all patients in our community living with cancer. Your support funds cancer wellness programs through Barton Health and ensures community access to the many benefits these programs offer; including helping patients regain physical function, diminish pain and nausea, improve tolerance to chemotherapy while reducing recovery time with treatments, and improving quality of life.

Registration for the event will open in mid-October, 2018.

For more information and online registration, visit pinkheavenly.com.

The Foundation thanks all of our incredible donors and volunteers for their support in Cocktails for a Cause over the years.

With your feedback and the input of our Board of Trustees and community stakeholders, know that we hear you and we will continue to inspire philanthropy for the health of our community with fun, meaningful events such as Pink Heavenly and beyond.

Here's to the future.

Troy Matthews is executive director of the Barton Foundation.