Community gathers in support of Carson Tahoe Breast Center

Carson Tahoe Health recognizes its Foundation Advisory Committee member, Tami Marano, and her husband, Nick Marano, City Manager of Carson City, for hosting an uplifting evening of “Art, Beauty & CommUNITY” at their home Saturday, May 21.

This spirited gathering benefited Carson Tahoe Health’s new comprehensive Breast Center, which is scheduled to open later this summer on the Carson Tahoe Medical Campus. Through the generosity of the many Carson City business leaders and community supporters who attended the event, over $8,000 in contributions and original artwork, valued over $6,500, was donated to the center.

“We have all been touched by the ravages of cancer, so it is especially moving to see these community champions step up and join our lifesaving mission to stop breast cancer in its tracks. We are so fortunate to have this Breast Center so close to home, offering state-of-the-art technology in an intentional, healing environment,” said Kitty McKay, director of customer experience and foundation development at Carson Tahoe Health. “The evening pulsed with what our community and Carson Tahoe is all about — hope, healing, and heart — caring people coming together to make a difference. And while we may be small compared to other cities, we are mighty thanks to all the businesses, city officials, and individuals who passionately support the vital needs of our community.”

Bella Salon & Spa owner, Jeannette Bonaldi, contributed professional hair and makeup for the seven women modeling jewelry and silk scarves that were on sale during the event, in addition to an amazing beauty basket raffle prize. Michael Robbins of Hanifin’s Arts & Antiques generously donated an antique clock as well as a $500 shopping certificate that everyone wanted to win.

And while a live jazz trio performed, guests took in the powerful showing of original, local artwork specially created to “uplift and heal,” with the cancer journey in mind. The collection, curated by Jeffery Pace, owner of the Artsy Fartsy gallery in Carson City, was offered for silent auction. The majority of the pieces which sold were then donated back to the Breast Center for display for years to come.

Near the end of the evening, a passionate group of 10 guests, led by Brad Bonkowski, chipped in together to purchase and donate the towering “Triumphant” sculpture by artist Eric Bevans. The group said they were inspired by their wish that it act as a “beacon of hope” for patients and families visiting the center.

“Pulling together in support of Carson Tahoe’s mission of continuously advancing early detection, treatment and overall healing is truly lifesaving,” added McKay.

This summer, the new Carson Tahoe Breast Center will offer complete breast imaging technology, expertise and outpatient services in support of the early detection of breast cancer. From new 3-D (tomosynthesis) mammography to ultrasound-guided biopsies and MRI, the center will enable patients to experience integrated preventive and diagnostic services under one roof.

The Carson Tahoe Breast Center, located at 1400 Medical Parkway in Carson City, is scheduled to be open in August.

If you would like to learn more about stopping breast cancer in its tracks and the variety of naming opportunities at the new Breast Center, please contact McKay at 775-445-5165.

To learn more about the Carson Tahoe Breast Center and innovative technologies, visit


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