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SmartWomen goes virtual for 18th annual fundraising event

SmartWomen in its original format will be postponed until 2021 in order to give our community time to heal from COVID-19 both physically and financially. Unfortunately, the need for assistance for women in need cannot be postponed.  The Telfair Mammography Fund is needed now more than ever as women and men in our community experience layoffs and other hardships as a result of the pandemic.

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In honor of our 18th year, St. Joseph's/Candler will feature 18 local SmartWomen during the month of September who exemplify extraordinary resilience, intellect, expertise, compassion and strength. Short video interviews will be produced on each SmartWoman where she will discuss her dreams, success, failures, inspiration and life lessons, both personal and professional in hopes of sharing valuable insight and wisdom to others. Be sure to check back in September to watch those videos.

Meet and watch video with all 18 of this year's SmartWomen:

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SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo is an annual fundraiser for St. Joseph's/Candler's Mary Telfair Women's Hospital, which includes the Mammography Fund at Telfair Pavilion. The goal of the Mary Telfair Women's Hospital and the Mammography Fund is to ensure that all women have access to mammography, even if they have no insurance and cannot afford it. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Telfair Mammography Fund to meet this goal since its inception over a decade ago. 

The 2019 SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo surpassed totals from all others in its 17-year history, raising $183,743 to help women who are uninsured or underinsured to receive necessary and potentially life-saving mammograms.

How you can donate

Over the last years, the Telfair Mammography Fund has seen an increase in utilization and is in constant need of additional funding sources. The SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Fund to meet this goal since its inception more than a decade ago. 

Sponsorships enable St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations to greatly increase the funds available for support of underserved and uninsured women in addressing health issues that may have gone untreated without your support.

Please consider supporting this year's virtual SmartWomen fundraiser and donating to the Telfair Mammography Fund. Donate now.

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Dazzling Diamond Dig

A tradition of the SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo will go virtually as well, the Dazzling Diamond Dig. For just $25, you can purchase a ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a beautiful diamond ring courtesy of Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. Harkleroad continues to dazzle with its latest donation to SmartWomen. This stunning ring is a 2 CTW baguette and round diamond band in 14K white gold with a diamond quality of G-H SI1-SI2. It's valued at $6,500.

The drawing will take place Oct. 2, 2020. Purchase your Diamond Dig ticket now.

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Contact Us for More Information

For more information on SmartWomen sponsorship opportunities or ways to support the Mammography Fund, please call the St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundations  at 912-819-8683 or email We look forward to talking with you. Thank you for your interest in supporting us so that we can ensure that our community continues to have access to the very best healthcare services, technology and programs available.

If you’d simply like our mailing address, please send any written communications or designated contributions to:

St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations
Heart & Lung Building
5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400
Savannah, GA 31405

This video is sponsored by Georgia Ports.

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