(Oct. 4, 2019) Ocean City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chapter will again offer an assortment of events for the annual Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series to raises breast cancer awareness and money for the American Cancer Society during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We have a variety of events to interest different folks in the community. The Pink Ribbon volunteers come up with new events when they think we need a refresh,” said Mary Bellis, senior community development manager, Northeast Region, American Cancer Society Inc. “The amazing members of the Pink Ribbon Classic Committee, some of whom have been working for this cause for decades, make this series of events successful every year. Their ability to motivate our generous community makes all the difference.”
This year’s Classic at the Beach Series includes a ladies-only fishing tournament (Aug. 15-17); pickleball round robin (Friday, Oct. 4); golf tournament (Friday, Oct. 18); Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk (Saturday, Oct. 19); card game and party (Wednesday, Oct. 23); Pamper Yourself For Charity Raffle (throughout October); and mah-jongg competition (Thursday, Nov. 14).
Proceeds will be 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.”
Pickleball is already sold out.
The first event of the 2019 Classic Series was the 26th annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, held Aug. 15-17.
A record 925 female anglers fished on 184 boats. A total of $269,940 – a new tournament record – was presented to the winners.
That’s about a $40,000 increase from 2018, when $229,565 was paid out with 149 boats registered.
Perhaps the most talked about accomplishment was Kristy Frashure reeling in a 74.5-pound dolphin aboard Haulin N’ Ballin. The catch was a new Maryland state record.
To top it all off, Poor Girls Open organizers presented a check for $140,000 to American Cancer Society representatives during the tournament awards banquet at Harrison’s Harbor Watch at the inlet.
“This is a group that does not rest on past accomplishments. They motivate the community to get behind the cause of finding cures for breast cancer,” Bellis said. “The Harman family is just amazing. The work that goes into the tournament during the busy summer months is a tremendous gift.”
Since 2005, the total donated to the American Cancer Society by the Harman family through the tournament and other events is over $1.1 million.
Most of the Classic events take place in October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2018, just under $290,000 was raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series. The goal this year is $300,000, Bellis said.
“The funds raised will support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives. This includes programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors, information on prevention, screening and treatment,” Bellis said.
“Most of the funds will support research. The American Cancer Society is currently funding 160 breast cancer-related grants totaling more than $64.3 million. Since 1989, breast cancer deaths are down 40 percent in the U.S.,” she added.
The Pink Ribbon Classic Series was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers. Since its inception, the series has raised about $3.7 million for breast cancer research, awareness, programs and services.
Some of the local programs and services available in this area include free wigs for patients and Road to Recovery, which connects local drivers with patients to transport them to and from treatment.
There is also the Hope Lodge, which provides lodging during treatment; Cancer Survivors Network available at www.cancer.org, a 24-hour-a-day cancer information center; and 1-800-227-2345 for patients to access ACS services.
In addition, resources for caregivers, information on screening and prevention, and referral to local, regional and national outlets is available.
This year, 5,290 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Across the country, that number rises to 268,600, and an estimated 41,760 will die from the disease, according to the ACS.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.