holiday wrappings

(Nov. 27, 2020) To continue to raise funds and awareness – needed now more than ever – the American Cancer Society will host its 31st annual “Holiday Wrappings” event online this year because of covid-19 restrictions.

“We’re in a pandemic, but cancer hasn’t stopped and neither can we,” said Dawne Pappas, event chair and member of the American Cancer Society for over 25 years. “We need to continue to push to finding a cure and better treatment.”

Close to 800 guests attended the 2019 luncheon and fashion show at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street and more than $60,000 (net) was raised for the American Cancer Society.

This year, funds raised will benefit ResearcHERS, a women fighting cancer movement to support female cancer researchers. Nearly 50 percent of the American Cancer Society’s grantees are women.

“It’s a women’s event, so we wanted to make it a women’s movement,” Pappas said. “Women working individually can make a difference, but women working together can make an impact.”

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. The cost for a virtual seat is $20. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Monday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. Tickets include a private online viewing of local boutique fashions and tutorials, access to an auction, goody bag and a chance to win prizes.

“It’s going to be cool, interesting and different this year,” Pappas said.

Ten local clothing stores will be highlighted. They include: Crazy Ladyz (West Ocean City/Ocean View); Madison Avenue, Heart of Gold, Bruder Hill and Beach Gypsy of Berlin; Ish (OC/Rehoboth); Magnolia Rifle Boutique and Southern Exposure of Fenwick; and Sandals Bridal and Chic Boutique of West Ocean City.

Pappas said representative from each of these businesses have put together either a video fashion show or overview of their store.

“I’ve watched the videos and I’m impressed,” Pappas said. “We need to support local retailers. They’ve been hit hard.”

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for $10 for the chance to win a 2020 Mazda CX-30 or $20,000 cash.

Several successful business owners will also be showcased, including Master of Wine, Michele Anderson.

“We put together a show to empower women and support local retail stores,” Pappas said.

In addition, there will be a virtual tribute scroll where loved ones touched by cancer can be recognized.

A number of event sponsorships are available. The deadline to become a sponsor is Nov. 30.

TidalHealth is the presenting sponsor this year. John H. “Jack” Burbage Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center at Atlantic General Hospital is the gold sponsor.

“We’re trying to keep it going and make sure cancer is not forgotten, and how important research is,” Pappas said.

For more information, to purchase a seat or to make a donation, visit

Ticket information, contact Beth Riley at 443-880-0511 or Event and sponsorship information, contact Pappas at 443-880-2310 or

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