[VALDOSTA, GA] In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) Foundation and First Commerce Credit Union have teamed up again this year to launch the #FlamingoChallenge, a unique fundraising initiative that empowers the community to get involved and help raise funds and awareness to support local patients battling breast cancer. Since its initial launch four years ago, the #FlamingoChallenge has raised more than $200,000 to support local patients in South Georgia and North Florida.
Funds raised through the #FlamingoChallenge will go toward the Pearlman Cancer Center Breast Cancer Fund, which directly benefits local breast cancer patients across the region, including those at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
“First Commerce has always been committed to making transformative change in the communities we serve,” said Cecilia Homison, First Commerce CEO. “Since launching the #FlamingoChallenge four years ago, it has been incredibly inspiring to see so many individuals and organizations come together to support patients battling breast cancer. We are extremely proud of how this grassroots initiative truly changes lives for the better.”
The #FlamingoChallenge is a month-long community fundraiser that encourages businesses, non-profits, schools, other organizations, and individuals to have some fun while also showing support for local cancer patients. Participants can claim a flock of pink flamingos, place them in front of their home or business, make a pledge to donate or fundraise and then post pictures with their flamingos on social media. All participants are encouraged to share their fun, creative photos with their flocks on social media and challenge others to join in the fun. In order for the community to follow the flocks on social media, participants are encouraged to use hashtags #FlamingoChallenge and #PinkPower in their posts and tag @FirstCommerceCU and @SGMCHealth.
“We are so excited and grateful to partner with First Commerce Credit Union during the month of October for the Flamingo Challenge. This is such an important cause to raise hope, funds, and bring awareness to our community,” said Emily Wetherington, Director of the Pearlman Cancer Center.
The 2023 #FlamingoChallenge kicks off Thursday, Oct. 5 and will run through the end of the month. Everyone in the community is invited to join this fundraiser and can reserve their flock of flamingos by contacting Hilary Willis at (229) 433-1076 or firstname.lastname@example.org All money raised stays in the community and benefits local cancer patients. To learn more about the #FlamingoChallenge, how you can participate, or to donate online, visit Foundation.SGMC.org/Pink-for-Pearlman-Event.
Here are just a few ways funds are being used locally:
- Community outreach, educational materials, and breast cancer awareness
- Paying for a breast prosthesis for patients who have had a mastectomy
- Purchasing a lymphedema sleeve, which relieves pain and stiffness in the extremities caused by fluid buildup that can result from cancer treatments
About the SGMC Foundation
The SGMC Foundation, Inc. exists to support the development and excellence in healthcare at South Georgia Medical Center. It does so by attracting and involving leaders from among the Health System’s communities in this endeavor. The Foundation’s primary efforts shall be directed toward attracting, receiving, investing, managing, and expending gifts and other resources designated for the healthcare programs of SGMC.
About First Commerce Credit Union
First Commerce Credit Union is an award-winning, full-service, #LocalStrong financial institution dedicated to providing transformative change in the communities it serves for more than 80 years. The credit union serves more than 70,000 consumer and business members across South Georgia and North Florida and has more than $1 billion in assets. First Commerce offers best-in-class consumer and business products and services. The credit union also offers free financial literacy resources in person and online through the FCCU Foundation, as well as comprehensive financial planning and investment services through its subsidiary Six Pillars Financial Advisors, and commercial and personal insurance through First Commerce Insurance Agency. For details, visit FirstCommerceCU.org or call 229.226.0047 or 800.533.5772. Insured by NCUA. Equal housing opportunity lender.
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