(Sept. 12, 2014) Ocean City’s (Save the…) BreastFest is bringing live music, raffles, drink specials and a tattoo contest with prizes back to Pickles Pub tonight.
Events kick off at 7 p.m. and continue until close at the bar on Eighth Street. There is no cover charge, though the suggested donation is $5 at the door for the fundraiser for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, the group that supported BreastFest organizer Michele Hogsett while she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and I just decided that I wanted to put on this event a year later to benefit some of the organizations that helped me out when I was going through treatment,” she said. “The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition really helped me a lot.”
From driving patients to appointments to mentoring those undergoing treatment, the coalition provides resources and support for those with breast cancer. It serves patients in all three Delaware counties as well as communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Last year, more than 700 came to BreastFest, raising around $1,500 for the Breast Cancer Coalition, Hogsett said. The pub reached capacity, so visitors might want to come early to the 2014 event.
BreastFest kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight with live music starting at 8 p.m. by Front Page News, Fuzzbox Piranha, Witches Brew, Something Grey, Chainbreak and Native Grave.
Attendees get a ticket for raffle prizes that include two-night stays at the Comfort Inn Gold Coast and Holiday Inn; gift certificates to Chauncey’s Surf Shop, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, Beach Music and Fox Theaters; a Malibu’s Surf Shop gift bag; a beauty basket; a framed print by local photographer Francie Davis; an LED light kit for motorcycles from Wrench’s Repair; and a five-gallon bucket with $60 of car and home supplies from Rommel’s Ace Home Center.
They can purchase addition tickets for $5 each or $20 for an arm’s length.
BreastFest will also feature a tattoo contest this year. For a $5 donation, entrants will compete to see who has the best ink and gets to take home a basket of cheer, filled with adult beverages.
Attendees can also purchase tickets for a 50/50 raffle for $1 each or $10 for an arm’s length strip. Vendors Cupcakes in Paradise, Paul the Key Chain Guy and Juice Plus will be onsite selling baked goods, engraved key chains and healthy drinks, with a portion of their proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition.
Pickles will again feature its pickle shots and Natural Lights for $2 each.
“We have such great support from the businesses in Ocean City,” Hogsett said.
A group of volunteers founded the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition in 1991 to raise awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment for the disease. The group runs a mentor program for breast cancer patients, “adopts” families in need at Christmas to provide them with food and clothing, and holds events such as its $100 bridal gown sale.
“Most all of their money goes to women in the community,” Hogsett said.
The coalition will have a booth at BreastFest to provide more information. Visit www.debreastcancer.org to learn more about the group.
BreastFest runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight at Pickles Pub on Eighth Street. Visit www.facebook.com/ savethebreastfest for more information.
7 p.m. – DJ Styler
8 p.m. – Front Page News
9 p.m. – Fuzzbox Piranha
10 p.m. – Witches Brew
11 p.m. – Something Grey
12 a.m. – Chainbreak
1 a.m. – Native Grave