Fashion show to benefit Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Breast cancer survivors and local women will sashay down the runway when they become models at the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Fashion Show on Wednesday (Oct. 8) at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown.

The annual event benefits the Breast Care Center at West Virginia University.  This year’s show, “Step By Step,” will be a tribute to breast cancer survivors for their remarkable strength and courage throughout their cancer journeys. 

“We are very proud to host an event that honors breast cancer survivors,” said Judith Schreiman, director of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU.  “They are incredibly inspiring to all women and especially those affected by breast cancer, a disease that is anything but glamorous.  The fashion show is about them.  It will be their night to shine.”

“I am always excited to see the first survivor walk down the runway to music,” said Patrick Stanislawczyk, the event chair.  “It makes my hair stand on end with excitement.  I feel like what I am doing is worth it.”

Ashley Banks and Ashley Neal, postgraduate athletes of the WVU women’s soccer team, will also be models.  They and their fellow teammates raised more than $36,000 for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center over the past five years. 

“The fashion show is a great opportunity for a great cause,” Banks said.

“It’s another way we can give back to the community to help fight a disease that has affected a lot of people we know,” Neal said. 

Fashion show tickets are $55 (call Lori Mugnano at 304-293-7495).  Some tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Attendees will be treated to hors d’ oeuvres, prizes and raffles from 6:30 p.m. until the runway show starts at 8 p.m.  Models will sport fashions from Vance’s Blues, Coni & Franc, Jack & Jill, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lakeview Resort, Pines Country Club and Ridgeview Racket Club.  Morgantown’s Spa Roma will provide hairstyling and makeup.

Attendees will have opportunities to donate to the Breast Care Center during the event.  Free, self-parking is available along with valet parking. Proceeds from valet parking will be donated to the Breast Care Center. 

Last year’s show generated $28,000 for the Breast Care Center

WVU’s Breast Care Center is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in West Virginia.  It provides state-of-the-art technology in a caring environment sensitive to women’s needs.  The multidisciplinary team of experts is dedicated to obtaining the most accurate screening and diagnostic results.  The center maintains an active program of educational outreach aimed at prevention and early detection.

The center was created through the generosity of Betty Puskar, a Morgantown philanthropist, who traveled out of state for breast cancer treatment.  She wanted to establish a center where West Virginia women could receive the highest quality of care close to home.

For information about the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bpbcc/.

For information about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU visit


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 10-06-08

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