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(Oct. 7, 2022) Several events are planned in October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as part of the “Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series” to raise breast cancer awareness while garnering money for the American Cancer Society.

“We’re delighted to be back to our regular, more traditional in-person events,” said Mary Bellis, senior community development manager, Northeast Region, for the American Cancer Society Inc.

The series kicked off in August with the 28th annual Capt. Steve Harman Poor Girls Open, which drew 797 lady anglers fishing on 161 boats. Prize money distributed to the winners totaled $243,265.

In addition, a check for $100,000 was presented to the American Cancer Society.

“This was another great year for the Poor Girls Open. The anglers, their supporters and members of the community had a terrific time,” Bellis said. “We appreciate the continuing support of the Harman family and members of the Poor Girls Open committee, Fish Tales and Bahia Marina. Their 2022 donation will bring the total of Poor Girls Open donations to over $1.8 million.

“This tournament provides fun and excitement in addition to support for the breast cancer initiatives of the American Cancer Society,” Bellis continued. “These include support for patients and caregivers, information on prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and funds for research.”

Many women, including cancer survivors, make it a tradition to fish annually. Women enjoy fishing in the tournament because it benefits a worthy cause — breast cancer research.

Tournament proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society and earmarked for breast cancer research and program development as part of the “Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series.”

The next series event is Pickleball Round Robin, on Friday, Oct. 7, which is sold out.

A Mah Jongg Tournament, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Golden Sands Resort in Ocean City, beginning at 9 a.m. The deadline to register is Oct. 9.

The cost to participate is $40. For more information, contact Bellis at 410-726-1893, mary.bellis@cancer. org.

The 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run/walk, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, with a 7:30 a.m. check-in, and a 9 a.m. start.

The Making Strides Village will be set up on South First Street this year because of Sunfest taking place in the inlet parking lot. The run and walk will still be held on the Boardwalk.

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The Pamper Yourself for Charity Raffle will take place throughout the month of October at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City.

Three prize packages will be up for grabs. Tickets cost $5 each or get six for $25. The drawing will be held Nov. 7.

The Real Men Wear Pink campaign also runs throughout October. Any man interested in participant to help raise funds for the cancer society should contact Bellis.

The funds raised through all of the events will support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives, which includes programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors, information on prevention, screening, treatment and research.

“The Pink Ribbon Classic has an outstanding committee of volunteers,” Bellis said. “I’m privileged to have a great group to work with.”

To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.

In addition, Cancer Survivors Network, available at, is a 24-hour-a-day cancer information center; and 1-800-227-2345 for patients to access ACS services.

Pink Ribbon Classic Series events:

• Pickleball Round Robin, Friday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ocean Pines Pickleball Club. SOLD OUT. For information, contact Chris Shook at 443-614-1504 or email

• Mah Jongg Tournament, Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Golden Sands Resort in Ocean City, beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $40. Deadline to register Oct. 9. For more information, contact Mary Bellis at 410-726-1893,

• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer run/walk, Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. on Ocean City Boardwalk. *South First Street new event village/meeting location. For more information, visit

• Pamper Yourself for Charity Raffle throughout October at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City. Three prize packages. Tickets cost $5 each or get six for $25. Call 410-213-9883 for more information.

Cancer stats:

• In 2022:

About 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

About 51,400 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will be diagnosed.

About 43,250 women will die from breast cancer.

• Between 1989 and 2019, the overall breast cancer death rate declined by 42 percent (resulting in an estimated 431,800 breast cancer deaths averted in that time period), largely due to early detection as a result of increasing utilization of screening mammograms.

• Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women. At this time there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

• Current research funding for breast cancer as of August 2021: $71,483,945 invested in 153 grants.

** Courtesy American Cancer Society

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