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Dallas knows how to celebrate women with $2.4 million raised to fight breast cancer

Dallas knows how to celebrate women with $2.4M raised to fight cancer

Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino, celebrating women
Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle, Lisa Longino Photo by Steve Foxall
Amy Robach, Celebrating Women
Amy Robach Photo by Steve Foxall
Katherine Coker, Susan McSherry and Kim Miller, Celebrating Women
Katherine Coker, Susan McSherry, Kim Miller Photo by Steve Foxall
Christie Carter, Susan McSherry, Lynn McBee and Debbie Oates, Celebrating Women
Christie Carter, Susan McSherry, Lynn McBee, Debbie Oates Photo by Steve Foxall
 Joel T. Allison, Connie Yates and Rowland K. Robinson, Celebrating Women
Joel T. Allison, Connie Yates, Rowland K. Robinson Photo by Steve Foxall
Karen Key and Emilynn Wilson, Celebrating Women
Karen Key, Emilynn Wilson Photo by Steve Foxall
Barry and Margaret Hancock, Celebrating Women
Barry Hancock, Margaret Hancock Photo by Steve Foxall
Lee Ann White and Pam McCallum, Celebrating Women
Lee Ann White, Pam McCallum Photo by Steve Foxall
Anne Reeder and Carol Seay, Celebtaing Women
Anne Reeder, Carol Seay Photo by Steve Foxall
Margo Goodwin, Susan McSherry, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Lindalyn Adams, Barbara Stuart, Lisa Longino, Daffan Nettle and Maggie Kipp, Celebrating Women
Margo Goodwin, Susan McSherry, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Lindalyn Adams, Barbara Stuart, Lisa Longino, Daffan Nettle, Maggie Kipp Photo by Steve Foxall
Connie Yates and Lindalyn Adams, Celebrating Women
Connie Yates Lindalyn Adams  Photo by Steve Foxall
Maggie Kipp, Daffan Nettle and Lisa Longino, celebrating women
Amy Robach, Celebrating Women
Katherine Coker, Susan McSherry and Kim Miller, Celebrating Women
Christie Carter, Susan McSherry, Lynn McBee and Debbie Oates, Celebrating Women
 Joel T. Allison, Connie Yates and Rowland K. Robinson, Celebrating Women
Karen Key and Emilynn Wilson, Celebrating Women
Barry and Margaret Hancock, Celebrating Women
Lee Ann White and Pam McCallum, Celebrating Women
Anne Reeder and Carol Seay, Celebtaing Women
Margo Goodwin, Susan McSherry, Debbie Oates, Christie Carter, Lindalyn Adams, Barbara Stuart, Lisa Longino, Daffan Nettle and Maggie Kipp, Celebrating Women
Connie Yates and Lindalyn Adams, Celebrating Women

Baylor Health Care System Foundation recently hosted its 15th annual Celebrating Women luncheon at the Hilton Anatole, and more than 1,200 supporters took a big step in the fight against breast cancer by raising more than $2.4 million for the cause.

Co-chairs Lisa Longino and Daffan Nettle recruited Maggie Kipp to be this year’s underwriting chairm, and you had to know big things would happen. For starters, the Spangenberg Family Foundation donated $1 million to breast cancer research, and, as the results show, it caused quite the ripple effect in donations.

As guests — including Lynn McBee, Debbie Oates, Karen Key, Katherine Coker and Kim Miller — dined, the Circle of Care Award was bestowed upon Tom Thumb, which has been the presenting sponsor of the Celebrating Women luncheon for the past 10 years, with total contributions exceeding $1 million.

Lindalyn Adams also received special recognition for her commitment, dedication and leadership in Baylor’s fight against breast cancer. She has been instrumental in the luncheon’s success the past 15 years.

Following the award presentations, speaker Amy Robach took the stage. The Good Morning America co-host had a very public battle with the disease in 2013 when she had her first mammogram at the age of 40 live on the air. A few weeks later, Robach received the devastating news that she had breast cancer.

She underwent a double mastectomy and completed treatment earlier this year. Guests hung on every word as Robach bravely shared her story and the importance of early detection.

Since its inception in 2000, the Celebrating Women luncheon has raised more than $24 million to support advanced diagnostic equipment; innovative clinical research; and, most important, safe, quality, compassionate care for Baylor’s patients and families.