Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support |

Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

Each year, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to Rosana and Johannes Faessler for their kind and generous efforts on behalf of women and their families in our community. Their 17th annual Scramble Against Cancer and unforgettable Dinner with the Faesslers, which took place on July 13, was a huge success, raising over $85,000, with net proceeds benefiting Sonnenalp Breast Center.

Forty teams competed in the Scramble at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree. It was a beautiful day with afternoon rain coming in as groups finished their round. That evening, over 300 guests attended a special dinner at Balata, with incredible food, Bernie’s Infamous Dessert Room and music by one of Rosana’s favorite bands, The Hip Replacements. The food and drinks never ran out, and guests danced through the evening.

I cannot thank the Faesslers enough for their hospitality. Special thanks to Rosana, whose vision to bring high-quality breast screening and cancer treatment to our community was realized through the opening of Sonnenalp Breast Center in 2002. Since then, Rosana continues to support the Breast Center. This year, the funds from the Scramble Against Cancer and Dinner with the Faesslers will benefit the purchase of a GE Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound. An adjunct to mammography, whole breast ultrasound uses soundwaves to take further images of the breast for breast cancer diagnosis. This technology, utilized for the more than 40 percent of women who have dense breast tissue, can find small cancers that mammography may miss.

Additional thanks to the Shannon Family Trust, 1st Bank, Centennial Bank, Alpine Bank, Sysco, Hofbrau, Moet, Stevinson Lexus, The Hip Replacements, Jim Carney Law Firm, the Gart Family, Diversified Radiology, Encore Electric, Jackson Building Company and all the hardworking Sonnenalp employees and volunteers.

I am continually impressed with what a group of caring and dedicated individuals can accomplish. On behalf of Vail Valley Medical Center and our Sonnenalp Breast Center, thank you again!

Doris Kirchner

President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center

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