Posted in Uncategorized, on 8 October 2018, by , 0 Comments

A bubbly energy abounded from the mingling crowd on Saturday, October 6th, for the 8th annual Dewey Goes Pink and the Gugie Run, a 5K Run/Walk. More than 3,000 people turned out to support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and the fight against breast cancer at The Starboard and to collect some of the good vibes that were positively everywhere. 

For founders Steve “Monty” Montgomery and Adam Howard, the day is personal, but also broad in that its come to mean so much to the community and those continuing their battles with the disease. As Montgomery addressed the crowd ahead of the race, he said, “It’s great when we can make fundraising fun, so many of you use this spectacular event as a vehicle to honor, remember or spend time with you loved ones, friends, or neighbors, and the fact it raises such needed funds for our local breast cancer coalition is just fantastic.”

From Deldot, to the local and state police, to the staff at both The Starboard and Bethany Blues, and, of course, the teams who raised money and the sponsors who donated both in monetary form and to the silent auction, this year’s Dewey Goes Pink was a massive effort. And it was a record-breaking fundraising year, likely topping $100,000.00. This brings the eight year total up to more than half a million dollars donated to the DBCC. Best of all, the money raised stays right here in Sussex County, Delaware to benefit women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and the support services they need. 

As Kristen, from Kristen and the Noise, took the platform to sing the National Anthem, the crowd faced the flag and the bustling, noisy streets of Dewey Beach fell silent for her smoky rendition of the beloved song. Following the cheers, at the starting line, runners ceased their enthusiastic jumping, stretching and knuckle cracking, and put on their best game faces in preparation for the countdown. And then they were off. 

Streams of people—more than 2,500 participants in the race alone—flooded the streets. Back at the finish line, though, there were some far ahead of the pack including the overall male winner, Francisco Puac, and overall female winner, arguably the star of the day, 12 year-old Madi Todd. Masters winners were Mike Sewell and El Jones. 

After the race itself, the day broke into revelry as the pre-race tension dissolved and was replaced with fellowship and camaraderie. The Starboard was host to a great party including a wonderful buffet featuring a pig roast by Bethany Blues and pizza courtesy of Grotto’s.The party spilled out onto the streets of Dewey, a town so well known for its outdoor venues. The event took top billing as a win as it combined all of the best things Dewey Beach has to offer with a highly successful fundraising event, all while putting smiles on thousands of happy faces.

Between the live music, the amazing food, and the ice cold libations, the day was just what one would expect from the biggest little party place in Dewey Beach. Lots of familiar faces and breast cancer survivors made for a memorable, heartfelt day in Dewey, and one that never fails to bring out the best in the competitors. 

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 30 July 2016, by , 0 Comments

Cape Gazette

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announced the winners of the 2016 Shining Light Awards. The honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony open to the public from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16, at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront.

Awards will be presented to individuals and companies in the following categories: Steve “Monty” Montgomery and Adam Howard for the Philanthropic Efforts of Dewey Goes Pink for Spotlight on Philanthropy; Peggie Ball for Spotlight on Survivorship; Beebe Healthcare accepted by Dan Mapes, for Spotlight on Health Care Delivery, Organization; Nancy Cook, for Spotlight on Health Care Delivery, Individual; and Currie Hair Skin Nails for Spotlight on Business.

The Shining Light Awards began in 2014 as a way to honor individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the local battle against breast cancer. The public was invited to nominate those most deserving of the Shining Light Awards for recognition. A panel of independent judges joined together to select the five most deserving candidates for the awards.

“The Shining Light Awards program began so the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition would have a public platform to recognize the countless heroes and heroines in Delaware who are leading the battle against breast cancer,” said Vicky Cooke, coalition executive director.

“Our organization has grown and thrived over the last 25 years thanks to so many supporters, contributors, and partnerships, and we needed a way to say thank you and show our gratitude. Our 2016 honorees deserve to be acknowledged for their leadership, commitment and inspiration to others.”

Dewey Goes Pink began in 2011 under the philanthropic vision of Steve “Monty” Montgomery and Adam Howard. The annual 5K and pink after-party featuring live music, a pulled pork smorgasbord and grapefruit crushes, began as a way to bring together breast cancer survivors and their families. It was also a way for Montgomery and Howard to leverage their local businesses to honor their mothers and raise money for a cause that was close to their hearts. Both mothers were affected by breast cancer.

Montgomery’s mother, Barbara, aka “Gugie,” was a 25-year survivor who faced a recurrence 23 years after the initial diagnosis and passed away in 2011. Howard’s mother, Paula, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and is doing well today. Now over 2,000 participants come together each year to pay homage to Gugie, and support Adam and Monty’s philanthropic vision. Over the last five years Dewey Goes Pink has contributed more than $200,000 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Montgomery is the owner of the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach, and Howard is the owner of the Body Shop fitness center in Rehoboth Beach.

Peggie Ball was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009. She attributes her ability to beat the disease to her faith in God and her husband, Bob. As a survivor, Ball has served to motivate and inspire others to help those faced with breast cancer. She saw an event advertisement in 2011 for the DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk held each May in Rehoboth Beach. She decided to form a team, Walking for All, involving her friends and family members. For the last five years she led the team with dedication and inspiration, coming up with a new team theme each year and never losing her spirit. For the past five years she has raised over $26,000 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, which is no small feat, but more importantly, she has spread the message of breast cancer awareness and the resilience of survivorship to her community. She is a caring person, always looking for ways to help.

Beebe Healthcare, under the leadership of Dan Mapes, the director of Diagnostic Imaging, has spearheaded many initiatives for the advancement of breast imaging. Beebe was one of the first centers in Delaware to earn the American College of Radiology’s designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Mapes was also part of a team that earned the distinction of being the only breast center in the state of Delaware to become accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

In addition, he was instrumental in bringing breast MRI to Beebe and facilitated the necessary training and certification of the radiologists and technologists. His latest accomplishment in the advancement of breast imaging is in the establishment of breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) at Beebe. Through his efforts, Beebe Healthcare was the first facility in Sussex County to offer this latest tool for the early detection of breast cancer. Mapes has been instrumental in the advancement of breast imaging at Beebe Healthcare in many ways, a resource to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer in and around Sussex County and a partner to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

Nancy Cook of Kenton was a state senator in Delaware from 1974 through 2010. Her list of legislative accomplishments included championing screenings for Delaware’s most vulnerable populations and supporting programs to fund cancer treatment and aid in the early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancer. She was integral in the funding of the mobile mammography van, owned by the State of Delaware, and operated by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition which provides lifesaving screenings to uninsured, underinsured, and rarely screened women in Delaware. In 2009 the mammography screening equipment on the van was in need of funding. It desperately needed to be updated from analog to digital technology or none of the radiologists would be able to read the images.

At that time, the General Assembly said there was no money in the budget for this upgrade. Cook was able to review other funding sources within the state and ensured the money was made available. Because of the digital equipment that was purchased, the coalition has gone onto screen almost 800 women a year, many of whom would not have had access to mammography otherwise.

Since 2009, Currie Hair Skin Nails, in Glen Mills, Pa., and on the Riverfront in Wilmington, has been a friend and supporter of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, under the vision and leadership of Randy Currie, founder of the salon and spa. Over the years, the business has generously opened its doors for one Sunday in October to host a day of Life in Beauty.

Because of Currie’s direction, hairstylists, massage therapists, estheticians, makeup artists, nail technicians and front desk staff will volunteer their time and expertise through service appointments, and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Through these salon and spa services, Currie has donated over $50,000 to the coalition over the years, along with product samples and gift cards for goodie bags and giveaways to breast cancer survivors and community members participating in DBCC events.

Proceeds from the Shining Light Awards will benefit DBCC’s programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms and provide support and resources to women and men in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer. For more information, go to www.debreastcancer.org.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 28 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

Cape Gazette

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Inc. recently announced the organization will commemorate 25 years of service in 2016. Special programs and events will be ongoing throughout the year.

Founded in 1991, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition began as a small group of community volunteers who were committed to decreasing the mortality rate of breast cancer in Delaware. In 1997, DBCC became a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving to raise awareness of breast health issues in Delaware through outreach, education and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Over the past 25 years, DBCC has developed and implemented programs tailored to the unique needs of different populations, including young women with breast cancer, African-American women, Latinas, lesbians and women with disabilities. DBCC has conducted many educational sessions for the general public through corporate and community organizations to train women to become advocates for their own breast health.

In addition, DBCC has referred thousands of adults for free and low-cost cancer screenings, and has removed barriers to cancer screenings and treatment by providing interpretation, transportation and support services.

Today, DBCC remains the only organization in Delaware focused solely on breast health issues as they affect the women and men who live here. DBCC also is proud to serve neighbors in the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

Go to www.debreastcancer.org or email bkrallis@debreastcancer.org to stay up to date on upcoming anniversary initiatives.

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Posted in Uncategorized, on 10 October 2015, by , 0 Comments

by: Jen Rini

Delaware Online

Forget those Orange Crushes. Come October, the Starboard Restaurant is all about the pink.

Dewey Goes Pink, an annual 5K, walk and pinktastic party in Dewey Beach, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, no matter how pushy Hurricane Joaquin is.

Initially scheduled for Saturday at the Starboard, organizer and Starboard and Bethany Blues owner Steve “Monty” Montgomery said they are moving the 5K/walk and party to Oct. 10 to give the weather a chance to sort itself out.

But rain or shine, it’s happening Oct. 10, he said. The event this year is pegged as an all-weekend affair with free music shows from Bruce in the USA, LauraLea and Tripp Fabulous, and Maryland-based musician Doug Segree.

Instead of Orange Crushes, grapefruit is the Crush of choice. And there is a pulled-pork smorgasbord courtesy of Bethany Blues BBQ waiting after you walk, run or crawl across the finish line.

“This is for the survivors, the families,” Montgomery said. “It’s just an event to bring people together.”

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 10), with the race horn sounding at noon. It costs $30 to register for the run/walk and $35 the day of the event. A ticket to the pig roast is $20.

Since its inception in 2011, the event has raised $136,000 in ticket sales and donations for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. In 2011, they only raised $12,000. By 2014, the donations had quadrupled to propel them to a record-setting $58,000.

This time around, though, Montgomery said he is sure they will break $60,000. As of Thursday they had secured $35,000 in just donations. (Go tohttp://deweygoespink.com/ to donate).

“This whole event has taken on a life of its own,” he said.

It had humble beginnings.

Monty’s mom Barbara was the catalyst. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986 and fought it off for 25 years, Montgomery said. Then, when she was 74, she was diagnosed again.

Montgomery said she was inspired by the way the treatments and technology surrounding breast cancer had changed.

She felt it was her job to give back to the breast cancer community. In her last month, she decided she wanted to donate money through her country club, but Montgomery said he took over the venture to see how far the donations could go.

Around that time, his friend and fellow beach businessman Adam Howard, owner of the Body Shop fitness center in Rehoboth, was grappling with a similar family situation.

Howard’s mom Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and was going through chemotherapy. One day, the friends were running on the Rehoboth boardwalk chatting about their moms and sharing stories when something clicked.

Hence, the “Gugie” 5K was born, paying homage to Barbara’s nickname.

Now every October, Dewey Beach is bathed in pink and welcomes more than 2,000 race participants and their families.

“It’s something,” Howard said. “You see a much bigger picture.”

His mom is doing well post-treatment, while Montgomery’s mom died just as the event was kicking off in 2011.

Montgomery said his mom would “be beside herself” with how successful the event has become and proud of the way it is impacting the community.

“There’s not a person in this world not affected by breast cancer,” he said.

Jen Rini can be reached at (302) 324-2386 or jrini@delawareonline.com. Follow @JenRini on Twitter.



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