(Sept. 27, 2013) The annual Pink Ribbon Classic series, an assortment of local events designed to raise breast cancer awareness, while garnering money for the American Cancer Society, kicks off next week with activities that will continue until the second week of November.
Nancy Dofflemyer, Judy Johnson Schoellkopf and members of the Executive Women’s Golf Association established the Classic in 1996. Since its inception, the series, which includes a golf tournament, music-filled party and Mah Jongg, among several other events, 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.
“It was significantly higher [in 2012]. I think the series was absolutely fantastic,” said Laura Martin, senior community manager for the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society after the total was announced. “There was such a dynamic committee that was totally committed and went above and beyond for the cause.”
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.
“The 2013 Classic is off to a great start. The Poor Girls Open reached a milestone year with its’ 20th annual event,” said Amy Katz, chairwoman of the Jammin’ Out Cancer’ party on Oct. 11. “The Open was a huge success and we hope it will set the precedent for the remaining seven events of the Classic.”
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.
“I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful cause as the Pink Ribbon Classic. It not only helps carry on the legacy of my mother who was a victim of breast cancer, but it also continues support for a very worthy cause,” said Carol Withers, owner of A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City. This is the 16th year A Perfect Face is presenting the “Pamper Yourself For Charity” raffle. “Anything that the community can do to help come to a cure for this disease is beneficial to all.”
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.