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Contact: Karl Sisson
WCA Director of Development
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LINKS Charity Announces 2012 Dates &
New $300,000 Pledge to Support
Local Breast Cancer Care at WCA

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)—in its 21st year, LINKS Charity is looking forward to its most ambitious calendar of events and activities yet. Beginning with Pink the Rink this Friday, (February 3rd), continuing with the annual LPGA golf pro-am, golf scramble, and banquet on August 6th and 7th, and finishing with the 2nd annual LINKS Pink Walk on October 6th, 2012 should prove to be another record-breaking fundraising year for LINKS Charity.

Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, and Alstar Ambulance, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits, Jamestown Savings Bank, and The Bilicki Law Firm, LINKS Charity also announced that it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a new, three-year, $300,000 pledge toward the purchase of 3-D Tomosynthesis. This cutting-edge technology will compliment LINKS Charity’s most recent gift ($275,000) to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer through the purchase of Digital Mammography which is now operational in the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts.

“We believe that the 3-D Tomosynthesis is the next logical piece of the puzzle as it will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA,” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “The $300,000 pledge is an aggressive goal, but we are confident that the community will support this effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer.”

“Once again, LINKS Charity is proving its extraordinary commitment to local cancer care,” said Betsy T. Wright, President/CEO of WCA Hospital. “We are so thankful that through the hard work and generosity of many that the WCA Center for Imaging & Medical Arts will stay on the cutting edge of technology and our community will greatly benefit for many years to come.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, Executive Director for the first nineteen years, LINKS Charity has contributed in excess of $850,000 to local cancer care efforts.

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