Ocean City Today

Pink Ribbon Classic Series events planned in Ocean City

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 05, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) Coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ocean City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chapter has a slew of local events scheduled during the annual Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series, which raises breast cancer awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.

This year’s Classic includes a ladies-only fishing tournament; Real Men Wear Pink competition; card game and mahj party/luncheon; mah jongg and golf tournaments; Brews for Boobs; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk and run; and “Pamper Yourself for Charity Raffle.”

“The events continue to grow in popularity,” Jamie Barrett, community development manager, Northeast Region of the American Cancer Society, Inc., said. “You can enjoy a weekend supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and breast cancer survivors with the all-ladies golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 20, and the Making Strides 5K walk/run on Saturday, Oct. 21.”

The first event of the series was the Real Men Wear Pink campaign, which began in May and will continue until the end of the year. The 10 participants have raised more than $42,000 so far, Barrett said.

The 24th annual ladies-only Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open was held Aug. 17-19. A record 765 lady anglers fished on 155 boats. A total of $222,935 – a tournament record and an increase of about $33,000 from 2016 – was awarded to the winners. Event organizers also presented a check for $125,000 to the American Cancer Society.

With the $125,000 check presented this year, the total donated by the Harman family through the tournament and other events since 2005 is nearly $925,000.

“I had to fight back tears when the Harman family presented the $125,000 check to the American Cancer Society because of all the good it brings to the cancer community,” Barrett said after the tournament. “We are able to fund life-saving research, give people rides to treatment and free places to stay while they are going through treatment.

“The tournament, participants, staff, supporters and the Harman family all bring an awareness to the issue of breast cancer as a threat to people’s lives and our duty to help eliminate it,” Barrett added.

The Pink Ribbon Classic Series was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers. Since its inception, the series has raised about $3 million for breast cancer research, awareness, programs and services.

Last year all the Pink Ribbon Classic events and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run/walk raised more than $312,000 for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer.

“The hard work, generosity and dedication of the Pink Ribbon committee and community support are what makes everything possible,” Barrett said. “We are lucky to live in the community we live in.”

The goal this year is to raise $340,000 for the American Cancer Society. Most events will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

“The Pink Ribbon events are fun activities that allow supporters and survivors to come together to play golf, cards, tennis, or pamper themselves while acknowledging breast cancer as a threat to all people,” Barrett said. “The events offer continual engagement in breast cancer awareness and support throughout the year to remind women to get their screenings, fundraising, give updates in ACS cancer research and opportunities to help.”

Some of the local programs and services available in this area include free wigs for patients; Road to Recovery, which connects local drivers with patients to transport them to and from treatment; and the Look Good Feel Better program available at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, which teaches patients how to cope with the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

There is also the Hope Lodge, which provides lodging during treatment; Cancer Survivors Network available at www.cancer.org, a 24-hour-a-day cancer information center; and 1-800-227-2345 for patients to access ACS services.

This year, 5,250 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Across the country, that number rises to 252,710, and an estimated 40,610 will die from the disease, according to the ACS.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

Breast cancer death rates have been decreasing, most likely due to early detection and better treatment. Currently, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Visit makingstrideswalk.org

/oceancitymd for more information. Find the chapter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/makingstridesoc or at the Twitter handle @OCMDStrides.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.


Pink Ribbon Classic Events

- Golf Tournament: Friday, Oct. 20 at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin. Entry fee of $100 per player for 18 holes or $75 per player for nine holes, includes golf with cart, a gift bag, continental breakfast and awards luncheon. Chinese and silent auctions. Team prizes.

Registration at 8 a.m. for 18 holes, 10 a.m. for nine holes. Scramble format with a shotgun start.

Register in advance at www.ewgaeasternshore.com or call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or email ewgnancy@aol.com. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association.

- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run: Saturday, Oct. 21, Ocean City Boardwalk at the inlet. Check-in 7:30 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m. Walk starts approximately 9:15 a.m.

Pre-register at www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd. Advance registration is $35 for the 5K; the walk is free. Participants will get a T-shirt. Top finishers and fund raisers receive awards.

Visit www.makingstrides

walk.org/oceancitymd or “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Ocean City, MD” on Facebook. Contact Jamie Barrett at jamie.barrett@cancer.org or 410-726-3230.

- Mah-Jongg Tournament: Thursday, Oct. 26 at Golden Sands Resort, 109th Street. Entrance fee of $30 includes a continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes.

A 50/50 raffle and Pink Ribbon Mah-Jongg set raffle will be held. Prizes to the top three tournament point-earners. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited. Contact Darlene Botts at 410-409-7528 to sign up.

- Brews for Boobs: At local bars in and around Ocean City. A portion of sales and proceeds will go to ACS. Raffles, Wagon of Cheer and 50/50 as well. First event at Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Email jamie.barrett@cancer.org for more information or to host an event.

- “Pamper Yourself for Charity” Raffle: Tickets on sale at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City.

Raffle package includes restaurant and retail store gift certificates, spa products, hotel stays, clothing and accessories, alcohol and many other items.

See the full list at www.aperfectface.com/cancer-support. Tickets cost $5 each or get six for $25. For more information, call 410-213-9883. Drawing Nov. 6 at the spa.

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