Ocean City Today

Real Men Wear Pink campaign ACS fundraiser

By Kara Hallissey | Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) Nine community members have been raising awareness and funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign through “Real Men Wear Pink” in Ocean City.

“The men raise awareness through social networks by using platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to talk about efforts and seek donations,” said Jamie Barrett, community manager for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Ocean City. “The dollars raised help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer [by] investing in groundbreaking breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find and treat the disease [and] helping people take the steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.”

This year’s participants include Bryan Brushmiller, Berlin Burley Oak Brewing Company owner; Jeff Hamer, Berlin Fins Ale House owner; Randy Day, CEO of Perdue Farms in Salisbury; David Leonard, vice president of Business Development at Hebron Savings Bank; Alex Macatuno, general manager for Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury; Johnny Maze, program director at 93.5 the Beach and BIG 98.5 of Adams Radio Group; Larry “Big Red” Wnorowski, program director of K107.7 and Kool 104.3/105.1 of Adams Radio Group; Robert “DJ Wax” Chandler; and Dave Wilson Jr., vice president of Preston Ford Autogroup in Hurlock.

“Key male leaders and influencers in the local community are identified and approached to be part of an American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink campaign to show breast cancer is not just a woman’s issue,” Barrett said. “This campaign is a feeder event to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Ocean City. Fundraising ends the last day in June.”

Male community leaders from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Lower Delaware raised $81,585 during the inaugural event in 2016. Funds raised during these campaigns provide free and comprehensive information or support for local breast cancer programs.

Not only are more than 240,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States every year, so are more than 2,600 men.

Brushmiller, of Berlin, is always trying to make sure he gives back to the community.

“Jamie Barrett asked me to participate last year, but I didn’t have the time,” he said. “Giving back to the community is an obligation we all have.”

Hamer, of Rehoboth Beach, has been raising money with a raffle. The winner will receive a $5,000 Fins Ale House gift card and there are also prizes for second and third place. Entries are $25 each and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. They can be purchased at all four restaurant locations in Bethany Beach, Berlin and Rehoboth Beach. A live drawing will take place on Thursday, June 29, in Fins Berlin at 6 p.m.

“It is part of our mission at Fins Hospitality Group to identify needs in the community and make a commitment to doing what we can within our business to assist them,” Hamer said. “Real Men Wear Pink is an example of this.”

Day, of Salisbury, will be auctioning off an original painting of the Perdue family farmhouse by Kim Huerta, who is a Perdue associate. All proceeds will go to the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Anyone interested in bidding on the painting should email Day at randy.day@perdue.com.

“We have all been touched by cancer, either directly, through family or through friends,” Day said. “We have to all pull together to make whatever contribution we can to save lives.”

Leonard, of East New Market, Maryland, has personally been diagnosed with several cases of skin cancer the last couple of years and hopes to raise at least $2,500 for the cause.

“Friends of mine have been affected with breast cancer,” he said. “It is a great cause to support and I hope people are.”

Macatuno, of Delmar, Maryland, decided to participate in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign for many reasons including encouragement from Mercedes-Benz dealer principal, Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello, who is heavily involved with the community. He hopes to raise at least $10,000.

“I have seen what cancer has done to myself, my family and friends,” Macatuno said. “I would like to be able to help people going through this very painful and awful disease.”

Maze, of Salisbury, will have 93.5 The Beach ‘Boobs Rock’ T-shirts for sale until the end of June for a minimum donation of $15 with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Stop by the station studios at 119 Naylor Mill Road, Suite 10A in Salisbury during business hours.

“Breast cancer awareness is important to me,” Maze said. “My mother is a survivor of more than 30 years now. I saw firsthand as a teenager what it does and the courageous fight that a person goes through. I have other family members and friends that have also battled and survived.”

Wnorowski, of Salisbury, is auctioning off a 2017 American Country Music autographed hat with a donation to the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. The pink cowboy hat is signed by Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Brothers Osbourne, Olivia Lane, Scotty McCreery, Runaway Jane, William Michael Morgan, American Young, Old Dominion, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Bradley of High Valley, A Thousand Horses and Frankie Ballard. The drawing takes place on July 3. Donations can be made online at the Real Men Wear Pink website, yourcountryk1077.com, at the station or out on location. He hopes to raise at least $2,500.

“I always try to be involved with as many community events as possible and to give back where I can,” Wnorowski said. “My dad had cancer and thankfully beat it, but this is something that affects so many people and rocks their worlds. If we can do our part and help make some lives better, or at least a little less stressful, then I’ll do it in a heartbeat.”

Chandler, of West Ocean City, likes to help out in the community whenever he can and decided to participate in honor of his late son.

“I decided to join Real Men Wear Pink in honor of my son who passed away in 2009 from leukemia and so many friends battling breast cancer,” Chandler said.

Wilson Jr. could not be reached for comment. He did place second on the Eastern Shore and 20th in the nation for raising $18,140 during the Real Men Wear Pink campaign in 2016.

The Ocean City Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and run will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. on the Boardwalk at the inlet.

Donate to Real Men Wear Pink at www.makingstrideswalk.org/realmeneasternshoremd.

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