Though football and ovarian cancer might not seem like a natural fit, the activated group of the Edmonton Eskimos Women's Dinner understand that the partnership is a touchdown in every way.
At the 2017 cocktail party and dinner in honour of Eskimos team member Pam Monastyrskyj who was lost to ovarian cancer, the Edmonton Eskimos Women's Dinner once again delivered in a big way for their Ovarian Cancer Research Endowment Fund at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
This year's event, the ninth since inception, raised a whopping $96,100 - far and above what has ever been raised in one evening before.
The fund that was started by this dedicated group of women has allowed Dr. Lynn Postovit, Sawin-Baldwin Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, and her team of researchers, the funding to work toward finding reliable methods for earlier detection of ovarian cancer.
Each year the evening proves to be a night of joyful celebration, but the significance of the cause, and why donor support is so vital, is never lost.
An evening of locker room champagne, served by the players themselves, entertainment by the club's cheer team, and an exquisite dinner, each carry with them the message that financial donations will mean imperative advancements in ovarian cancer detection and treatment.
Thank you to all of those who came to support this amazing cause. If you missed the chance to attend and would like to make your own contribution please click here to donate online.