Breast cancer fundraiser produces $90k last year; organizers shoot for $125k in ’12
Approximately 700 walkers take off from the starting line near Hooters on Fifth Street and the Boardwalk during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event last year. A 5k run took place before the walk. An estimated 900 runners and walkers participated in the festivities, helping to raise approximately $90,000 for the American Cancer Society.(Oct. 19, 2012) An estimated 900 runners and walkers registered to participate in Ocean City’s inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k run/walk last year on the Boardwalk, helping to raise approximately $90,000 for the American Cancer Society.
“I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone. We blew our original goal of $30,000 out of the water,” said co-chairwoman Beverly Furst after the 2011 event.
“We had no idea what to expect last year. About a week out, we were way over our original goal so we moved it up to $70,000,” Furst said Monday. “We more than met our goal last year.”
A sign reminding people that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month hangs near the festivities taking place during the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k run/walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk.The 2012 run/walk will take place this Saturday and Furst said organizers expect an even larger turnout than last year.
As of Wednesday morning, the online donation total was more than $64,000 and climbing. The goal this year is to raise $125,000.
“I think we can come close to it,” Furst said. “They’re forecasting great weather for Saturday.”
Registration and the starting line were located in front of Hooters on the Boardwalk at Fifth Street last year. Because even more people are anticipated this year, the registration area has been moved to the inlet parking lot to accommodate the large gathering, with the starting line for the races near the tram station.
Registration will run from 7:30-8:45 a.m. The cost to participate in the run is $25 and participants will receive a Tshirt, snacks and drinks. Awards will be presented to the top finishers and fundraisers.
A Zumba warm-up will take place before the 5k run, which will begin at 9 a.m. Runner will race around the pier, then on the Boardwalk to about 14th Street and head back the same way.
The 5k walk is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost to participate in the walk, but donations will be accepted.
DJ Rupe will be the event’s emcee. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and Pink Ribbon merchandise will be sold in the inlet parking lot.
All participants will receive a 15-percent discount coupon for Hooters in West Ocean City, good for use this weekend. South Moon Under’s 81st Street location will also donate 10 percent of sales on Saturday to the American Cancer Society.
Participants can visit the Making Strides event page, www.stridesoceancity.org, and print a free parking pass that can be used in the inlet lot, Worcester Street lot and downtown Ocean City side streets from 6 a.m. to noon.
Since 1993, eight million cancer charity walkers across the country have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides events to help fight breast cancer. Last year alone, supporters raised more than $60 million nationwide to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.
The Making Strides 5k run walk is one of several events planned through the Pink Ribbon Classic Series. Each October, recognized nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Classic Series provides an assortment of local activities designed to raise awareness, while garnering money for the American Cancer Society.
The final Pink Ribbon Classic events include: n Golf Tournament: The 16th annual golf championship, presented by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, will take place today, Oct. 19, at the Ocean City Golf Club. The cost is $100 per player ($400 for team of four) and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, gift bag and prizes. Final registration for the ladies-only event will be at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon.
There will be three divisions based on handicap and one fun non-competing division. The lowest handicap in a foursome determines each team’s division. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin contests, and for all division winners.
For more information, call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or Judy Johnson Schoellkopf 443-235-4341 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. n Jammin’ Out Cancer: The annual Jammin’ Out Cancer party will be held at Seacrets on 49th Street on Friday, Nov. 2. The cost is $20 and includes a “Taste of Ocean City” with food donated by area restaurants and beverage tickets. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and live music provided by Funk-O-Licious from 5-9 p.m. For more information, contact Chairperson Amy Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org. n Pamper Yourself Raffle: For 15 years, Carol Withers, owner of A Perfect Face Day Spa, has organized an October fundraiser in honor of her mother, Elizabeth Chaney, who died from breast cancer. Tickets for the Pamper Yourself for Charity raffle cost $5 each (six for $25) and are available at the spa, 12638 Ocean Gateway Village in West Ocean City.
The winner will receive gift certificates to local restaurants and retail stores, as well as limo service, jewelry, spa products, hotel stay and a designer handbag, among other items.
The raffle drawing will take place Nov. 1. For more information, call 410-213- 9883 or visit www.aperfectface.com. All of the money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Dofflemyer, Schoellkopf and members of the Executive Women’s Golf Association established the Classic in 1996. Since its inception, the series has raised nearly $1.2 million for the cause.
While some of the money will be earmarked for national breast cancer research, the remainder will stay on the Eastern Shore, where it will be used for education projects, patient programs and services.
Some of those include free wigs, hats and turbans for patients; the Look Good Feel Better program, which teaches patients how to cope with the cosmetic sideeffects of treatment; Reach to Recovery, a one-on-one support visitation program by trained breast cancer survivors for new patients; Road to Recovery, which offers patients transportation to and from medical facilities for cancer treatments; Dietician On Call, in which a registered dietician provides free personalized nutrition counseling for cancer patients; and a 24-hour/sevenday information center with oncology nurses or social workers. All of these services are free.
The American Cancer Society is the largest source of cancer research funds in the country, next to the U.S. government.
WHAT: Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer 5k run/walk
WHERE: Registration at the inlet parking lot. Races on the Boardwalk
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20. Registration,
7:30-8:45 a.m.; run begins at 9 a.m.,
walk 9:30 a.m
COST: $25 for the run; free for walkers,
although donations will be accepted
FOR INFORMATION: Visit www.stridesoceancity.org, e-mail Furst email@example.com or