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Dixie Wine Co. supports ETMC Jacksonville’s mammo outreach

Dixie Wine Group 

In the new ETMC Breast Center at ETMC Jacksonville (from left) Beth Killingsworth, ETMC Jacksonville radiology manager; Jack Endres, ETMC Jacksonville administrator; DeLeigh Haley, ETMC Jacksonville business development director; Jerry Collins, owner of Dixie Wine Company; and Marty Wiggins, ETMC corporate director of development, gather for a check presentation. The breast center now offers state-of-the-art digital mammography services in association with the ETMC Breast Center in Tyler.

Women in the Jacksonville area with special financial needs may now benefit from a special gift of caring from Dixie Wine Company. Owner Jerry Collins presented Jack Endres, ETMC Jacksonville administrator, with a check for $830 on June 15. This funding represented the proceeds from a special wine auction and related event merchandise sales held by Dixie Wine Company this spring.

A gift used throughout the year
According to Marty Wiggins, ETMC’s corporate director of development, the charitable gift will be used throughout the year to help women who cannot afford mammography services and do not meet the criteria for other programs, such as governmental aid.
“This is a wonderful means of support for the women of Cherokee County and the breast care services provided by the ETMC Breast Center at ETMC Jacksonville,” noted Endres. “We thank Mr. Collins and the family of employees of Dixie Wine Company for all their efforts and kindness.”

Collins said that while no one in his family has experienced breast cancer, he knows that this disease could strike a friend or family member at some time.
“There was a time I needed help, and now I can help others,” he added.
He said that Dixie Wine Company auctioned its own wines, plus wine from a neighboring winery this year. In 2010, they plan to grow the auction to include other wines from the East Texas area, with hopes of raising even more funds for women receiving mammography services at ETMC Jacksonville.

Check presentation
The check presentation ceremony was held at the ETMC Breast Center at the hospital, which now includes state-of-the-art digital mammography. Others participating were DeLeigh Haley, the hospital’s director of business development; Beth Killingsworth, radiology manager, and the family of employees of Dixie Wine Company.
Dixie Wine Company is located on Hwy. 69 between Bullard and Jacksonville. For more information, visit or call 903-894-4129.

Persons who wish to make a donation to the ETMC Foundation in support of the ETMC Jacksonville mammography fund, may do so by mailing a check to the ETMC Foundation, P.O. Box 6400, Tyler, Texas 75711.

ETMC Jacksonville is part of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System’s network of hospitals throughout East Texas.

Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Gilmer, Henderson, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.

Originally posted June 24 2009