Annual Fundraising Event Brings Women Together
The Girls Night Out event is an annual fundraiser for the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center located in Windber, Pa. Taunia Oechslin, who founded the event, battled with breast cancer until she was 39. Though Oeshslin passed away, her legacy of paying it forward lived on.
The breast cancer fighter wanted to raise $40,000 a year to put toward breast cancer research and support in honor of the 40,000 women who die of the disease annually. Girls Night Out has exceeded that goal. In its seven-year run, it has brought in more than $300,000 for the cause.
The eighth Girls Night Out will take place on April 22 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown, Pa. Many of the women who attend the event donate a gift basket, which is then auctioned off during the night. All the proceeds from basket purchases go to the cancer care center to ensure women who live nearby will have access to the best possible treatments.
“I love seeing how much fun the women have throughout the night,” Adeline Mishler, a high school volunteer who has helped with the event in the past, told the Tribune Democrat.