(Sept. 13, 2013) In 2008, Michele Hogsett was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing treatment, she received assistance from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
To benefit the group that supported her, Hogsett organized the (Save the…) BreastFest fundraiser in 2009.
The event is back again today, Friday, at Pickles Pub on Eighth Street with live bands, raffle prizes and vendors to raise money for the Breast Cancer Coalition.
“I actually organized it (BreastFest) while I was in treatment in 2009,” Hogsett said. “The Delaware Breast Cancer coalition really helped me a lot.”
While planning this year and last year’s BreastFest, Hogsett was again undergoing treatment for cancer. “But I am determined to keep having this event as long as I can,” she said in an e-mail before 2012’s BreastFest.
From driving patients to appointments to mentoring those undergoing treatment, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition provides resources and support for those with breast cancer.
“There’s not a Maryland Breast Cancer collation,” Hogsett said, although Women Supporting Women in Berlin helps breast cancer patients.
Last year, between 200 and 300 people came to BreastFest, raising around $1,000 for the Breast Cancer Coalition, not including donations attendees gave while they were at BreastFest, Hogsett said.
This year, the event is on a Friday instead of Thursday, so “we’re hoping to raise more money,” she said.
Live music will start at 8 p.m. Scheduled to perform tonight are Lauren Glick & the Moodswingers, Semi Blind (Hogsetts’s band), Elwood, Witches Brew, Vivid Season and Chainbreak. Each band will play about an hour.
There will be raffle prizes for two-night stays at the Coconut Malorie Resort, Comfort Inn Gold Coast and Holiday Inn; LED lights for a motorcycle by Wrench’s Repair; an Independent Tattoo gift certificate; Ravens and Orioles sports packs; game tickets to Old Pro Golf and movie tickets, among others.
“We have such great support from the businesses in Ocean City,” which donated the prizes, Hogsett said.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle with tickets priced at $1 each, six for $5 or $10 for an arm-length strip of tickets. Pickles will again feature its pink drink, pickle shots and other specials.
There is no cost to attend BreastFest, but organizers are asking for a $5 donation, which includes a raffle ticket, to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The nonprofit group will have a booth at the party with information about breast cancer, as well as merchandise such as T-shirts and cozies for sale. Other vendors will include Cupcakes in Paradise, which will dish up sweets for a donation.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition formed in 1991 to raise awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer. It serves all three counties in Delaware and communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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.
“They provide a lot of resources and outreach for people, and they also have some events,” Hogsett said. “Most all of their money goes to women in the community.”
Visit www.debreastcancer.org to learn more.
BreastFest runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Pickles Pub on Eighth Street and Philadelphia Avenue. Visit www.facebook.com/savethebreastfest for more information.
8 p.m. Elwood
9 p.m. Chainbreak
10 p.m. Lauren Glick & the Moodswingers
11 p.m. Semi Blind
12 a.m. Witches Brew
1 a.m. Vivid Season