May 1, 2007
Melanie N. Cross
Tulane Cancer Center researchers have a Mother's Day gift suggestion -- accessorize for a cause. In an effort to promote awareness for female cancers, the Tulane Cancer Center teamed up with local artist Alexa Pulitzer to create a commemorative women's scarf that serves as a premium for tax-deductible donations of $50 or more to its research fund.
"In addition to being lovely fashion accessories, these scarves help to remind us that the answer to curing female cancers is research," says Roy S. Weiner, director of the Tulane Cancer Center.
The scarves are 100 percent silk, measure 10 inches by 48 inches, and are hand-finished. They are available in two colors -- Tulane green and blue with gray highlights, and wine and gray with beige highlights.
In addition to raising much-needed funds for cancer research, these scarves also are uniquely Tulane. Pulitzer incorporated into her design several of the architectural features found on the Hutchinson Memorial Building, a Tulane University School of Medicine facility in downtown New Orleans.
The scarf's outer, linear border and the inner, decorative border are reminiscent of carvings (circa 1930) found today at the LaSalle Street entrance to the building. The center panel of the scarf also incorporates crawfish, the caduceus and pineapple images that adorn a pair of sculpted bronze doors now mounted in the Rudolf Matas Medical Library, located on the second floor of the Hutchinson building.
Designed in 1929, these doors were once used as the main entrance to the medical school building on Tulane Avenue. The images symbolize Louisiana, medicine and hospitality. Each scarf comes packaged in a sealed mailer, and includes a brief description of the symbolism and significance incorporated into the design.
For more information or to make a donation to the Tulane Cancer Center's Research Fund, contact Keadren Green at the Tulane Cancer Center, 504-988-6064, or send a check (made payable to the Tulane Cancer Center) to 1430 Tulane Ave., SL-68, New Orleans, LA, 70112, attn: Keadren Green. Don't forget to indicate your color choice and to provide a mailing address if you wish to have the scarf mailed.
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