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Hillcrest Ball raises record $320,000

The Hillcrest Committee, a women's cancer fundraising group based in Medford, amassed a record-breaking $320,000 at its 70th annual Ball, held at the Rogue Valley Country Club Dec. 2.

The group raised more than $200,000 during the paddle bid segment, thanks in large part to a generous match donation from Sid and Karen DeBoer.

"We are more than grateful for the DeBoers' unexpected and very generous donation to our ball," Jenn Stringer, president of the Hillcrest Committee, said in a press release. “Many of our committee members have been directly impacted by cancer, and we know this money will go toward critical advancements in research and development.”

Every year, the Hillcrest Committee designates money raised at the ball to specific grant projects. This year the money will fund research projects at Oregon Health & Science University’s new Knight Cancer Institute.

The Hillcrest Committee is a women's nonprofit organization raising funds solely for cancer research and treatments. It was formed in 1946 by Nan Day, when she was asked to head the first unit of the American Cancer Society in Jackson County. Today, nearly 50 members comprise the committee.

For more information about this year’s grant recipients, the project or the Hillcrest Committee, contact Stringer at 541-951-7047 or by email at stringerjnkn@gmail.com.

The Hillcrest Committee raises money for cancer every year at the annual Hillcrest Ball. Mail Tribune 2015 file photo