(Nov. 22, 2019) Tickets are on sale for the 30th annual American Cancer Society “Holiday Wrappings” Luncheon and Fashion Show, set to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Sponsored by the John H. “Jack” Burbage Regional Cancer Center at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin and the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in Ocean Pines, the luncheon and fashion show will be held at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Our community is so giving and they believe in the American Cancer Society,” Event Promoter Dawne Pappas said.
Pappas has been volunteering with the American Cancer Society for nearly as long as the event has been taking place, and was once the president of the Worcester County American Cancer Society. She currently represents the Worcester County organization on the Greater Philadelphia board.
“I lost my mother to a brain tumor in 2013, and my brother died of a blood-borne cancer when he was 4 years old,” she said. “It’s something that’s been very close to my heart and [I’m] just lucky we have such a great community to support it.”
Tickets cost $45 per person, $450 per table of 10 or $550 to sponsor a table. The deadline to RSVP for the event is Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Last year, around 800 guests attended and raised about $65,000.
Chinese and silent auctions will kick off the event. The Chinese auction will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon and the silent auction will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A hot lunch will be served immediately after. Music will be provided by Lauren Glick.
The fashion show will begin at 1:15 p.m. and is scheduled to last 40-45 minutes. The event, organized by CraZy LadyZ! owner Jan Patterson, will feature clothing from 13 local shops and boutiques in Ocean City and Berlin, in addition to Ocean View and Lewes, Delaware.
The stores participating this year include CraZy LadyZ!, Bruder Hill, Bomshell Boutique, Chic Boutique, Magnolia Rifle, Southern Exposure, Sandals Bridal, Madison Avenue Boutique, Heart of Gold Kids, SeaQuest, The Dressing Room, Patty Jeans Boutique and Ish.
“My mother passed away seven and a half years ago of cancer,” Patterson said. “She loved to model and to this day, I can still see her strutting down the runway. Perhaps she’s the catalyst as to why I still do this.
“The luncheon and fashion show truly is a wonderful event,” she added. “Even more wonderful is the camaraderie of the merchants all being there together. The best part is how our community pulls together in time of need, healing and helping others. It’s my way of pulling it all together as a means of saying, ‘Thank you’ for being here.”
A range of clothing for children, teens, men, women and pets will be on display.
“We’re all small business owners around here trying to scrape together and do what we can for the community,” Pappas said.
For $10, attendees can participate in a cupcake raffle, where they will choose a treat courtesy of Sweet Disposition in Berlin that will have either a $10, $25, $50 or $100 gift card from Park Place Jewelers.
There will also be a spirit table with either wine or flavored vodka, which can be purchased for a $20 donation.
The Art League of Ocean City will also have a table set up with artwork donated by local artists for purchase.
To apply for sponsorship, fill out the form online at www.acsholidaywrappings.org and make checks payable to: The American Cancer Society (Fashion Show), American Cancer Society, Inc. P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, Maryland 21803.
“We need to find a cure,” Pappas said. “We need to control it. Every bit of the money goes to the American Cancer Society, which helps everybody on the shore with programs, research and education.”