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Tanger raises funds for HCC breast
by Mary Helen
The Tanger Outlet in North Charleston has raised more than $25,000 for
the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) breast care program though sales of
discount cards and coupon books since 2006.
On Jan. 16, Tanger Outlet officials presented a check to HCC in the
amount of $15,554 raised during a fundraising campaign Sept. 20 to Oct.
20, which will be used in treatment, research and support for breast
cancer patients, said Megan Baker Ruppel, M.D., medical director of
HCC’s Comprehensive Breast Care program. “What people may not realize
is that $1,000 is enough money to buy each of our chemo patients a wig
for a year,” Ruppel said. “And Tanger raised more than 15 times that.”
Tanger’s breast cancer awareness campaign raised the money through a
variety of programs at its centers. For a $1 donation, Tanger shoppers
received a pink card that gave them discounts at participating stores.
Tanger also supplemented the donations by contributing to HCC 10
percent of all Tanger gift cards that were purchased during the
campaign. Nationally, Tanger’s 14th annual breast cancer fundraiser in
the fall raised $624,000.
During its first fundraiser after opening its North Charleston center
in 2006, Tanger raised more than $10,000 for HCC’s breast cancer
program. “We were worried about how it would go since we had just
opened,” said Suzanne Oden, Tanger general manager. “But it went very
well. We are very proud of our second event, and we've set a goal of
raising $25,000 this October.”
Stanley Tanger, Tanger Outlet CEO, is committed to supporting cancer
research and treatment, Oden said. “His wife is a breast cancer
survivor and he has told us that we should not hesitate to participate
in these types of benefits,” Oden said.
Oden said Tanger also plans to feature HCC health demonstrations and
services, including hosting its mobile cancer screening van.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2008
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