The American Breast Cancer Association is putting on an international buffet Friday to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the association’s A Tribute to Women food festival will put food from around the world, provided by several area restaurants, on one buffet at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.
“It’s a variety,” association President Reba Sarkar said, adding participating restaurants will provide Italian, Mexican, Cajun, Asian and “lots of delicious desserts from the Augusta Culinary School.”
There will be live entertainment from Spanish and Indian dancers, and a silent auction featuring jewelry from Windsor Jewelers and gift certificates to many area businesses.
Admission is a minimum donation of $20 per person. Corporate tables are available for $500 and up.
“Anybody who has (or has had) breast cancer, we’d be honored to have them there,” Sarkar said, adding each survivor or someone fighting the disease will get a pink rose. “They can come free and enjoy.”
All proceeds benefit the association, which is a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to awareness and early detection of the disease.
Money goes to “all the local causes, to educate women, educate them and also to programs,” Sarker said. “Most importantly to provide money for people for mammograms who don’t have medical insurance or money. We don’t want anybody to go without mammograms until they find a cure. Mammograms are the first line of defense.”
Sarkar said she was inspired by the work of her now-retired husband who was a breast cancer research scientist.
She started the organization as a way to do something to protect women from the disease.
“Early detection is the best protection,” Sarkar said, “and that is the motto of our organization.”
The food festival is open to the public.
Sarkar requests that those who plan to attend contact her at (706) 860-8127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.