Providence St. Mary Medical Center fundraiser challenges you to wear pink

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Providence St. Mary Medical Center is encouraging businesses not only to think pink, but to wear it, too.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the hospital challenges local businesses to Care Enough to Wear Pink on Oct. 16.

The campaign is intended as a fun way to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

On the Providence St. Mary campus, the event will be a fundraiser. Staff members will pay $5 to wear their brightest pink attire to work that day. The money will go into the Life Saver Fund, an account that pays for free screening mammograms for low-income women. The fund is maintained at St. Mary. Women do not have to be patients at the medical center to qualify.

Other businesses interested in promoting the day as a fundraiser can send donations to the Providence St. Mary Foundation, 401 W. Poplar St., or to their favorite breast cancer charity.


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Graze Catering will soon offer a new place for a lunchtime bite.

Sandwiches, salads and soups will be on the menu at GRAZE when it opens downtown at 5 S. Colville St., the onetime home to Studio Opal and most recently Cheval.

The 750-square-foot space will house the eatery, while the catering kitchen will remain at 213 S. Ninth Ave., said owner John Lastoskie. The business's opening is slated for early November.

Lastoskie said the operation will roast all its own meats -- with a particularly special pastrami. Diners may recognize the fare from the Walla Walla Farmers Market, where Graze items have been served. Some items expected to be served up at the new shop: paninis, hot pastrami and meatball, as well as cold deli versions, fresh salads and a couple of soups made from scratch daily.

Progress on the new shop can be watched at: www.grazecatering.blogspot.com.


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And here's something about another kind of grazer: Touchet-based Crouthamel Cattle Co. ranked fourth in the state for the number of Angus beef cattle registered during fiscal 2009.

The local operation registered 92 head of cattle with the American Angus Association during the year that ended Sept. 30.

According to the announcement, Angus breeders across the country registered 282,911 head of Angus cattle.

The American Angus Association, headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. is the largest beef registry association in the world in terms of both annual registrations and active members. For more details, visit www.angus.org.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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