Bel Air, MD (PRWEB) November 14, 2013
In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) will host its 1st Annual “Fashion Saves Lives” fashion show. The inaugural event will be held Tuesday, December 10th at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. ABCF’s goal is to raise funds that will be used to provide grants for early detection breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for those who could not otherwise afford them.
Many of the fashion show’s models are breast cancer survivors who were treated at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Guest models include international fitness industry expert and long-time ABCF supporter, Lynne Brick, as well as members of the Baltimore-area media and other local celebrities. Keith Scott, CEO of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, will emcee the event.
Among the models is Shay Sharpe, a breast cancer survivor and the founder of Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes. Sharpe was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer at the age of 26. She founded Pink Wishes to give a voice to young women with breast cancer; a disease that is often associated with older age. Pink Wishes is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to young women who are diagnosed with terminal breast cancer before the age of 40.
“I am looking forward to walking in the American Breast Cancer Foundation fashion show,” says Sharpe. “I admire ABCF for all that their foundation is doing in the fight against breast cancer, especially for its work with young adults.”
The event is set for Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A $25 general admission ticket includes a tour of Port Discovery Children’s Museum with a “Taste of Baltimore” food tasting from several Baltimore restaurants and access to the fashion show. In addition to what a general admission ticket offers, a $125 VIP ticket also purchases one screening mammogram for an ABCF client. VIP attendees have access to the catered VIP Lounge to mingle with the models and reserved seating at the fashion show. Various sponsorship packages are still available for interested groups and businesses.
“We are excited to host this event to emphasize that with early detection, walking down a fashionable runway feeling elegant and looking beautiful can be a reality for those diagnosed with breast cancer,” says ABCF CEO, Jacky Loube. “All proceeds from this event will ensure that many who cannot otherwise afford potentially life-saving breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests, regardless of age or gender, will have that chance. We are grateful to all those in the Baltimore community who continue to support our mission.”
Since 2007, the American Breast Cancer Foundation has granted more than $6.5 million to uninsured and underserved clients from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The grants provide financial assistance for potentially life-saving mammograms and breast ultrasounds. ABCF is the recipient of the 2013 Mammography Funding Award from the Primary Care Coalition (PCC) of Montgomery County, Md. In conjunction with community partners, ABCF helped PCC launch its Breast Health Initiative by providing a $40,000 grant to help more than 700 women obtain breast cancer screenings they could not otherwise afford.
To purchase tickets for ABCF’s Fashion Saves Lives event call 410-825-9388 or visit https://fashionsaveslives.eventbrite.com. Tickets will not be available at the door. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the event, contact the fashion show coordinator, Lisa Wiederlight, at 410-825-9388 or by email at info(at)abcf(dot)org.
For additional information about the American Breast Cancer Foundation or the "Fashion Saves Lives" event, contact Josie Hankey of the Fallston Group at 410-420-2001 or by email at Josie(dot)Hankey(at)FallstonGroup(dot)com.
The American Breast Cancer Foundation is a national, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization headquartered in Baltimore, Md. ABCF’s mission is to reduce the financial barriers to potentially life-saving breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests by providing financial assistance for these procedures to the uninsured and underserved, regardless of race or gender. The organization operates a multi-lingual call center that, since 2007, has assisted over 22,000 clients. Over 50 percent of those who contact ABCF’s call center have symptoms of the disease.
The Vonta Leach Foundation is hosting its 2nd Annual “Shoot For A Cure” Celebrity Billiards Tournament on Monday, October 21st, at Dave & Busters in Hanover, Md. to benefit ABCF. Last year’s tournament, which was presented by BB&T and Carbiz, raised $12,000 for The Vonta Leach Foundation, which is committed to creating innovative programs that provide access to educational, recreational and healthy living initiatives designed to positively aid in the development of the total person. Proceeds from the event were donated to ABCF, as Leach stated, “The women and men who face and tackle breast cancer head-on are not only survivors, they are heroes.” Invited captains for 2013 include Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, Michael Oher, Bernard Pierce, and many more. For more information on the event, click here: http://www.vontaleach.com/2013/register-for-shoot-for-a-cure/. To see an article in the Examiner Online about the event, click here: http://www.examiner.com/article/ravens-fb-vonta-leach-hosts-2nd-annual-breast-cancer-fundraiser-on-oct-21st?CID=examiner_alerts_article
The American Breast Cancer Foundation, in partnership with Brick Bodies Fitness Systems and Towson University’s Pink PAWS program, is sponsoring a four-week “Boot Breast Cancer Camp” to educate participants on the importance of proper diet and regular physical activity in healing after breast cancer treatment, and in helping to prevent breast cancer re-occurrence. Speakers have included Dr. Michael Schultz, medical director of The Breast Center at St. Joseph’s Medical Center; Elissa Bantug, survivor and representative of The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Survivorship Program; Amber Summers, nutritionist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Lynne Brick, co-founder and owner of Brick Bodies Fitness Systems. To see a news story on the program, click here. To see photos from the event, click here.
S&J Crab Ranch, a Towson-based restaurant owned by James Kahn and Steve Recher, is hosting a fundraiser for ABCF on Thursday, October 17th. A part of the day’s proceeds will benefit the organization, to be used in support of breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests. The Crab Ranch was described in The Baltimore Sun as “a friendly hangout” and a “family crab house with good barbecue.” For more information on the restaurant, visit www.sjcrabranch.com.
ABCF is proud to thank Wells Fargo for its support of a grant that will fund early detection screening in Oregon. The financial support is part of Wells Fargo’s Community Grant Program, which gives back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues. For more information on Wells Fargo, visit www.wellsfargo.com.