The fourth annual Be Aware Women's Fair will run from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. on Oct. 19. A $4 admission covers all exhibits, health
screenings and entertainment. A
coupon (PDF) for $1 off the admission price is available at
"Women are often taking care of the
health of everyone else in their families, including their children,
partners and parents," said Tiffany Lowers, Memorial Medical
Center's manager of Memorial's Outpatient Imaging Center at Baylis
and chair of the Be Aware Women's Fair organizing committee.
"Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair is a place where they can spend
the morning or afternoon and take some time for themselves."
More than 90
exhibits have already been confirmed for the event, and more are
expected to sign up. Exhibitors will cover topics such as clothing,
finance, fitness, health, beauty, fashion, home decoration and
Proceeds from Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair support the
mammography patient assistance fund at Memorial Medical Center.
"This fund supports women who may need additional tests after
receiving a positive result from a mammogram but can't afford the
associated expenses," Lowers said.
Fairgoers can also support the fund in two other ways during the
Be Aware Women's Fair -- by purchasing raffle tickets or leaving
tips when they pick up a free "mocktail."
Raffle drawings will be at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each raffle will
include multiple prizes, and winners must be present to win.
The free "mocktails"
will be served at two stations in the Orr Building, and tip jars
will be at each station.
Events scheduled for the entertainment stage are a 9:30 a.m. hula
hoop demonstration by Hoopio Hoops; a 10:30 a.m. Zumba dance fitness
demonstration by Jill Kennedy-Broughton and team; and at 11:30, a
Memorial Minute to Win It-style competition, in which participants
will have one minute to complete a variety of games for a chance to
win a $250 gift certificate.
Stevens DJ Service will provide music and will emcee the events
on the entertainment stage.
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The three women chosen as this year's "Super Survivors" will
reveal their makeovers on the entertainment stage at 12:30 p.m. The
women are breast cancer survivors whose cancer journeys have been an
inspiration to others. They were chosen in a random drawing of
nominations in July.
Health screenings will be available for blood pressure,
cholesterol, body fat, body mass index, bone density, blood sugar,
spine health, depression and lung function.
Other health initiatives include fitness evaluations from
Memorial's SportsCare, stroke risk assessments by Memorial Stroke
Center and electronic foot scans by the Springfield Running Center.
The American Cancer Society will host its sixth annual
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that same day at the
Illinois State Fairgrounds. All registered walkers will be able to
show their Making Strides sticker for free admission to Memorial's
Be Aware Women's Fair.
Registration for the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Commodities
Pavilion, just west of the Grandstand. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at
the pavilion and goes through the Department of Natural Resources
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[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]