Annual Pink Tea event helps raise money for the fight against breast cancer

MOSCOW, ID - Gritman Medical Center's Bosom Buddies program provides free mammograms to Latah County residents in need, and hundreds of community members came together to support it Tuesday afternoon in Moscow.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains why the "Pink Tea" is an event that many women look forward to every year.

October is a good time to 'think pink' because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hundreds of women are doing just that here at the 12th Annual Pink Tea.

"You look in that room and you see nothing but pink from side to side," said Gritman Medical Center Imaging Services Director Jody Polley. "And to have this generosity from our community year after year, very emotional for us."

More than 500 people crowded into the Best Western in Moscow for Gritman Medical Center's Pink Tea.

"Well we are a not-for-profit community hospital, and want to make sure that we are helping our community stay healthy, and are aware of early prevention and detection," said Gritman Medical Center CEO Kara Besset.

This fundraiser supports Gritman's Bosom Buddies program.

"Over the last twelve years, we've provided almost a thousand mammography's for free to our community," said Besset.

Gritman's Imaging Services Director Jody Polley said that a free mammogram can save a life, especially when it comes to early detection.

"We take two views of each breast, and it doesn't even take 15 minutes," said Polley. "And if we can find something very small, they have a very good chance of survival."

The event attracts mostly women that have been affected by breast cancer, including Former First Lady of Idaho Patricia Kempthorne.

"We all are touched by breast cancer, through our friends, through our family," said Kempthorne. "And this is something we can do that really does make a difference."

But a handful of men showed up to support the cause as well.

"Every year, it's better than last," said Polley. "You think it can't get any better than it is, and it does."

This event raised more than $40,000 and all that money will go straight to Latah County residents.

You can find more information about the Bosom Buddies program on Gritman Medical Center's website.