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January 2, 2007

Tifton--  An evening of dancing in Tifton will help pay for emergency medical equipment where it's needed the most in South Georgia.  

The Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation is preparing for their 4th annual Hearts and Diamonds Gala.  The event raises money to buy the latest emergency equipment for South Georgia first responders.

The foundation's Heart Safe Community Program recently donated four 12-lead EKG machines to EMS departments in Turner, Ben Hill, Irwin and Berrien Counties. The EKG machines will help those counties respond more effectively to cardiac emergencies.

Soon, people who support the foundation will dance the night away to help continue improving the health in South Georgia.

"This is a nice evening of elegance, all for a great cause. All the money goes directly to the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation," said Tift Regional Director of Marketing and Planning Chris Efaw.

"In the past we have raised over $150,000 and we've given out 44 automatic external defibrillators for Berrien, Cook, Irwin, Tift, Turner and Worth Counties," said TRMC Foundation Assistant Director Mandy Brooks.

About 400 people normally attend the event. The Gala will be held February 3rd at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.  It begins at 7 p.m and tickets are $125.  Those who buy tickets will be eligible to win a diamond at the event.

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