Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 supports women’s breast health with significant gift to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre

An evening of gratitude and celebration was held recently at the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre (BAC) to thank the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 for its significant donation the Centre.

The Zonta Club’s gift of $200,000 – donated in stages over a number of years – was completed on Feb. 28, 2017 at this celebratory event with a final cheque presentation.

The $200,000 gift was raised through the Zonta Club’s annual golf tournament, the Zonta Classic. This popular women’s tournament raises funds for several local organizations that support women with breast cancer, including the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.

“The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 has been a tremendous supporter of women’s health and Hamilton Health Sciences for many years,” said Pearl Veenema, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for their generous support of women’s breast health through this significant donation to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.”

The CIBC BAC opened in September 2014, serving as a single point of access for high quality multidisciplinary consultative expertise in radiology, surgery, pathology and genetics. The team utilizes best practices and standards resulting in high quality evidence-based care. The high-risk genetics program is a regional resource for women at high risk of developing breast cancer.

“We are very grateful for the Zonta Club’s many years of dedication and support for raising these funds,” said Regional Cancer Programs Director Carol Rand. “This gift is making a significant difference for women in facilitating access to one of the most advanced assessment centres of its kind in Canada.”

Zonta is committed to making a difference in the quality of life for women and children, locally and globally. Zonta International was founded in 1919, and nine years later, in 1928, the Zonta Club of Hamilton became its 82nd club. Today, 1,200 Clubs make up Zonta International’s membership.

“The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 has definitely made a difference to the thousands of women who have visited the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre, and will continue to do so now and into the future,” said Carol.