‘Holiday Wrappings’ luncheon, fashion show to benefit American Cancer Society

‘Holiday Wrappings’ luncheon, fashion show to benefit American Cancer Society

Deadline to reserve tickets for fundraiser is Nov. 27

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Nov. 23, 2012) A fashion show featuring clothing from local retailers, silent and Chinese auctions and a 50/50 raffle are among the festivities on tap during the 24th annual “Holiday Wrappings” luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Ocean City convention center.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

“It should be a fun event,” said Holiday Wrappings chairwoman Dawne Pappas, who has been involved with the cancer society for about 20 years. “It’s an elegant luncheon and fashion show highlighting local retailers. It’s a ladies event to kick off the holidays.”

Holiday Wrappings is one of the largest women’s events on the shore that raises cancer awareness and promotes the American Cancer Society.

Approximately 560 ladies, and a few men, attended the 2011 event, helping to garner close to $50,000 for the organization.

Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Batman. Silent and Chinese auctions will feature items donated by area businesses. Attendees may also participate in a 50/50 raffle during the luncheon. Models will walk the runway wearing clothing from several Salisbury, Berlin, West Ocean City, Ocean City and Fenwick Island, Del. retailers.

Cupcakes In Bloom of Berlin will provide the centerpieces.

Bonita Pennino, state government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, will serve as the guest speaker. She has been employed with the American Cancer Society since 1997.

CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. It is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization working to make cancer issues a national priority.

“Because this is a holiday luncheon, I want to keep it light as well as informative. I will talk a bit about the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and our work as the nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society and how we carry out our mission of supporting evidence based policy and legislative solutions that will eliminate cancer as a major health problem,” said Pennino, a beast cancer survivor. “I’ll talk about how we encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national, state and local priority.

“And lastly, I will cover how the audience can become empowered to fight cancer by making their voices heard,” she said.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $40 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, Nov. 27. Tickets are available at the convention center box office on 40th Street or online at www.acsholidaywrappings.com.

Money raised during the luncheon will help fund the American Cancer Society’s local education projects, patient programs and services, as well as national research. 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 side-effects of treatment; Reach to Recovery, a oneon 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/seven-day information center with oncology nurses or social workers. All of these services are free.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization and the largest source of cancer research funds in the country, next to the U.S. government.

For more information about Holiday Wrappings, e-mail Pappas at dpappo@comcast.net or call 443-880- 2310. To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visitwww.cancer.org or call 800-ACS-2345.

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