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Pink & Blue benefit raises $35,000 for cancer programs (Feb. 4, 2015)

The 5th Annual Pink & Blue golf tournament held Oct. 25 at the Old South Country Club in Lothian celebrated the life of Joe Pratt and raised $35,000 for breast and prostate cancer at local hospitals in his name.

Proceeds from the event are divided equally between Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH) and Anne Arundel Medical Center. At CMH, the funds have been used to expand patient education and nurse navigation programs, enhance survivorship offerings and support the purchase of new technology.

According to hospital spokesperson Kasia Sweeney, this year’s proceeds were used to help purchase an advanced specimen radiography system to provide immediate verification of excised breast tissue margins in the OR.

Speaking at the fundraiser, Dean Teague, chief operating officer at CMH, said, “Your generosity today and over the years makes possible things we could not easily afford to do without you. I’m proud to be playing alongside you today and I thank you for your dedication to the health and well-being of the people we serve.”

First held in 2010, the Pink & Blue event, which includes golf, tennis and a 5K, was created by the Old South Women’s Golf Association (OSWGA) and the Old South Charitable Trust. Since it began, the popular charity event has raised over $125,000.

This year’s event was dedicated to Pratt, 74, a 10-year resident of Old South and previously of Huntingtown, who died in March after a nine-month battle with cancer. He was president and CEO of ANA Painting and decorating for over 40 years.

He was a professional football player, golden gloves boxer and was the recipient of numerous diving and swimming medals. He enjoyed golfing, boating and was an extraordinary chef and artist.

Pictured (l-r) are Amber Bayse and Dixie Miller of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation, Calvert COO Dean Teague, Old South member Diana Doswell and CMH Foundation board member Mickie Frazer.

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