(Oct. 11, 2013) Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Classic series, which provides an assortment of local activities each October designed to raise awareness while garnering money for the American Cancer Society, continues tonight, with a big party.
The annual Jammin’ Out Cancer celebration will take place at Seacrets on 49th Street from 5-9 p.m. The theme of the party is “At the Hop.”
“Since Jammin’ is the same weekend the Endless Summer Cruisers are in town, we thought a sock hop would be fun,” said Amy Katz, Jammin’ Out Cancer chairwoman. “Dressing as bobby soxers and greasers is certainly encouraged, but there will be a good mix of attire. So whatever you wear, you will surely fit in.”
The cost is $20 and includes a “Taste of Ocean City” with food donated by area restaurants, including Tequila Mockingbird, Duffy’s Tavern, Layton’s, Mother’s Cantina, Jules, Southside Deli, Lombardi’s, The Original Green Turtle and The Crab Bag. One complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer will be provided.
There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Some of the auction items include a pony party from Autumn Grove Stables, A Drivers Education package from Seaside Driving Academy, jewelry from Premiere Designs Jewelry, miniature golf from Old Pro Golf, massage gift certificates, surf and skate gear from Chauncey’s Surf Shop, gift cards from local restaurants, golf packages from GlenRiddle and Lighthouse Sound, a four-night stay at the Bellmont condominiums, a wine basket from Beer Bellies and growlers of craft beers from Shorebilly Brewing Company.
Attendees can also participate in the “Pluck a Duck” event, where they can purchase a numbered duck for $20 and once all ducks are “sold” they can trade in their duck for a coordinating numbered bottle of cheer.
The “Wagon of Cheer” pink garden wagon, which will be filled with everything necessary to stock a bar, and then some, Katz said, will be auctioned off.
“It’s fun to see who bids on this item and how much it goes for. It always seems to generate a bidding war and last year it went for $650,” she said.
Live music will be provided by Oh Boy, a Buddy Holly tribute band, as well as jukebox hits from DJ Bigler and DJ BK.
“With the perfect weather October is providing, and the thousands of Cruisers the town is expecting, we are hopeful that this year’s Jammin will be the best attended,” Katz said. “I can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than with a happy hour including great live music, two fabulous deejays, a sample of foods from all over town, a free house wine or draft beer, an auction that offers something for everyone, and an all around good time while helping to ‘Finish the Fight’ against breast cancer.”
For more information about the event, contact Katz at email@example.com or call 443-614-7520.
Nancy Dofflemyer, Judy Johnson Schoellkopf and members of the Executive Women’s Golf Association established the Classic in 1996. Since its inception, the series has raised nearly $1.5 million for the cause.
In 2011, the Pink Ribbon Classic brought in approximately $186,000 (net). It was the seventh consecutive year that more than $100,000 was donated to the organization. During a wrap-up meeting in December, it was announced that $269,659 had been raised during 2012 Classic events.
The first event in the 2013 series was the Capt. Steve Harman Poor Girls Open ladies-only fishing tournament, held Aug. 15-17. Organizers presented the American Cancer Society with $67,500 during the tournament awards banquet on Aug. 18. PGO co-Director Earl Conley and Shawn Harman, owner of Fish Tales and Bahia Marina on 22nd Street–where tournament weigh-ins took place–on Aug. 22 at Jive on 82nd Street presented another $2,500 to the ACS from the PGO during a gathering to promote the Oct. 19 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K run/walk. The total donated by the Harman family through the tournament and other events over the past six years is approximately $390,000. Since the Open’s inception 20 years ago, the American Cancer Society has received more than $600,000.
Although the Open takes place in August, the other Pink Ribbon Classic events are spread out between September and October, known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One event will again take place in November this year.
The 2013 events include a card, game and mahj party/luncheon; tennis and golf tournaments, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K run/walk, Jammin’ Out Cancer, Mah Jongg Tourney, Crop Out Cancer and “Pamper Yourself For Charity” raffle.
This year the chairwomen of the different events are working with the Making Strides committee and Beverly Furst, the ACS event manager. She is also the chairwoman of the Making Strides run/walk in Ocean City.
“We are very excited that the mayor proclaimed October as Paint the Town Pink month in Ocean City in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We hope that everyone will embrace the idea and support Pink Ribbon events going on throughout the month,” Furst said. “We encourage everyone to decorate their houses and businesses in a pink way. We want to finish the fight against this disease and help to create more birthdays along the way.”
While some of the money raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic 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 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 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; Hope Lodge, lodging during treatment; Patient Navigator Program, help with the health care system; Cancer Survivors Network and a 24-hour/seven-day information center with oncology nurses or social workers. All of these services are free.
One in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the ACS for help and support.
The American Cancer Society is the largest source of cancer research funds in the country, next to the U.S. government.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org, call 1-800-ACS-2345.
PINK RIBBON CLASSIC EVENTS
Friday, Oct. 18, Ocean City Golf Club. Entry fee is $100 per person, $400 per team of four. Includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and an official tournament gift bag. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Awards for all divisions.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Scramble format tournament with a noon shotgun start. Three divisions based on handicap and one fun non-competing division.
Call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run:
Saturday, Oct. 19, Ocean City inlet and Boardwalk. Pre-register online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd. Advance registration cost for the 5K is $35; $25 for the walk. On the day of the event, registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The cost to sign up on Oct. 19 is $40 for the run and $35 for the walk.
Participants will receive a T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top finishers and fund raisers.
The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. The walk is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, call Beverly Furst at 410-749-1635 ext. 29113 or e-mail Beverly.Furst@cancer.org. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd or “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Ocean City, MD” on Facebook.
Thursday, Oct. 24, Golden Sands, 109th Street.
Contact Darlene Botts at email@example.com or 410-409-7528 for more information and to reserve a seat. Registration fee is $30 payable the day of the event. Registration for reserved seats only begins at 9 a.m. Play begins at 10 a.m. First, second and third place finishers receive prizes.
Door prizes also as well as light breakfast fare and lunch are included. Raffle tickets for a Pink Ribbon Mah-Jongg set cost $10. All levels of players are welcome.
•Crop Out Cancer:
Friday, Nov. 8 at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street. Scrapbooking event from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A $40 donation to the American Cancer Society will get participants cropping space, use of all tools, access to vendors and special door prizes. Chinese auction, 50/50 and silent auction.
Call Susan Childs at 443-235-2926 for reservations or more information.
•”Pamper Yourself for Charity” Raffle:
Throughout the month of October at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City. Raffle package includes restaurant and retail store gift certificates, spa products, hotel stay, clothing and accessories, candy and wine, among many other items.
Tickets cost $5 each or six for $25. For more information, call 410-213-9883 or visit www.aperfectface.com. Drawing will be Monday, Nov. 4.