The October fundraising effort for the Aid to Mammography Fund at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital raised over $44,000.

Evans Ace Hardware in Hamilton was the top merchant in the drive, topping all others at over $2,000. The staff was rewarded with a pink cake Wednesday morning by the Sprinkle Pink committee and Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital CEO John Bartos.

Evans Ace Hardware was in first place, followed by Valley Drug and Variety in Stevensville and Albertson's in Hamilton. Top events were the Mountain to Molehill 5K run and activities at the Canyons Athletic Club and the Sprinkle Gumption Show at Hamilton's Roxy Theatre. Top high schools were Stevensville and Hamilton - in first and second place respectively.

The hospital will match dollar-for-dollar the funds raised by the community. That puts about $90,000 into the fund that helps Ravalli County women in need afford a breast exam.