LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
(Oct. 12, 2012) 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. This month, Classic volunteers are encouraging Ocean City residents and restaurant, hotel and other business owners to “Paint the Town Pink.”
“It can be just a pink ribbon on a lamp post or a mailbox, or changing out a regular light bulb for a pink one. Something to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Beverly Furst, chairwoman of the Oct. 20 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run on the Boardwalk.
Pink Ribbon Classic committee member Susan Childs said a recently discovered email, originally written in 2008 by former City Clerk Kathy Mathias, pushed for a “Paint the Town Pink” in Ocean City that year. A longtime American Cancer Society supporter who battled breast cancer for many years, Mathias took over as chairwoman of the Classic in 2005.
She lost her fight with the disease last August.
“She wanted to get the town involved,” Childs said. That year, pink light bulbs were placed in City Hall windows.
A pink glow fills the windows again this year. Pink flags are also being flown at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.
Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel- Motel-Restaurant Association, has forwarded an e-mail from Classic volunteers to organization members promoting the Paint the Town Pink initiative for breast can- cer awareness.
Glenn Irwin, executive director of the Ocean City Development Corporation, said the group is also asking its members and downtown merchants to display pink in their windows and message boards “to help spread the pink message.”
Upcoming Pink Ribbon Classic events: nMah Jongg Tourney: The fourth annual mah jongg tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Golden Sands Club on 109th Street. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and play will begin at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Prizes will be awarded to the tournament top three. Door prizes will also be given away. A Pink Ribbon mah jongg set will be raffled off.
For additional information, call Darlene Botts at 410-409-7528 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. n Golf Tournament: The 16th annual golf championship, presented by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, will take place the following day, on Friday, 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.
Participants are encouraged to register in advance. 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.
Hole sponsorships and dedication flags are available in honor or memory of those touched by cancer.
For more information, call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or Judy Johnson Schoellkopf at 443-235-4341, or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. n Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K run/walk: The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer second annual 5K Walk/ Run on the Boardwalk is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at the inlet parking lot. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m. The cost to participate in the run is $25 and includes a T-shirt, food and drinks. Awards will be presented to the top finishers.
There is no cost to participate in the walk, but donations will be accepted.
For more information, e-mail Furst at email@example.com, stridesocean firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stridesoceancity.org to also register online. 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 additional information, contact Chairwoman Amy Katz at email@example.com. 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 stays and a designer handbag, among other items.
The raffle drawing will take place the first week in November. 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. In 2010, the Pink Ribbon Classic brought in approximately $114,000 ($106,000 net) to hit the $1 million mark. It was the sixth consecutive year that more than $100,000 was donated to the organization.
During a wrap-up meeting last November, it was announced that during 2011 Pink Ribbon Classic events, $186,000 (net) had been donated.
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.
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.