Gov. Hogan, honorary chairman, inspires at Bosom Buddies Ball
ANNAPOLIS — The 10th year since the creation of Bosom Buddies Charities Inc., this year’s Ball Honorary Chairman Maryland Governor Larry Hogan provided inspiration. Talking briefly about his own struggles with nonHodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015, Hogan brought tears to the eyes of many in audience who listened to his stor y.
Hogan said, “150 days after I became governor, the day I was diagnoised with cancer, I played the old Tim McGraw tune ‘Live Like You were Dying.’ In the weeks and months that followed my treatment, I played that song many times. I found that everyday you wake, you have the opportunity to do something great in service to others.”
Later that year, Hogan attended a Tim McGraw concert, where he met the entertainer. “The last song he played that evening”, Hogan said, “was ‘Live Like You were Dying,’ saying he was dedicating the performance of the song to me. After the concert, he (McGraw) invited me backstage where he gave me his guitar, signing it, ‘Gov., Live Like You were Dying!’”
As Hogan told this stor y, it was clear he was emotional about what had happened to himself. “I’m a big believer in prayer,” he said. “I want to thank everyone who prayed for my recovery. After 16 months of intense chemotherapy, I’m cancer free!” Thundering applause followed his statement.
Hogan congratulated the leadership of Bosom Buddies Charities, saying, “This organization has raised $1.5 million dollars to help with breast cancer awareness, and, more importantly, in purchasing technologies to help in prevention screenings to help save lives! Over 30,000 people in Maryland are diagnosed with cancer each year. Of those, some 4,500 are diagnosed with breast cancer in Maryland. Thanks to all who have been part of this organization to help save lives.”
After the governor’s talk, a wonderful dinner of seared rockfish and rosemary rubbed filet with grilled asparagus and potato puree was served. Dessert was a decadent “Kent Island Cake” (patterned after Smith Island Cake), numerous thin layers of yellow cake with chocolate ganache.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was Don Harrison of Chester, ABC Channel 2, WMAR television news reporter. Harrison opened the evening joking, “Several themes were considered for this year’s event. One was, ‘Make Breasts Great Again,’ but that one was turned down.” The audience laughed.
Harrison also served as the event’s live auction auctioneer. There were both live and silent auctions held during the evening’s program with many outstanding items and vacations offered. The first live auction items sold were a new S2 Custom 24 PRS Electric Guitar and guitar lessons at Island Guitar Studios, which brought $3,500.
All 25 of the Bosom Buddies Ball committee members were introduced, including Eastern Shore members, Chairman Biana Arentz, Elizabeth Arentz, Jean Beery, Claudia Boldyga, Christina Cugle, Janice Feeley, Jodie Gray, Jenny Griffin, Alyson Kinney, Lynne Kinney, Jami Kirkwood, Mia Marinucci, Elaine Solomon, Paula Warner, Karen White, Beth Wieczorek and Mary Wilson.
Arentz thanked all of the committee members and volunteers for their contributions to this year’s Ball. She also recognized Bosom Buddies Ball founder Susan Ponchock, a breast cancer survivor (who was not able to attend Saturday evening), of Queen Anne’s County, “for having the vision 10
Bosom Buddies Ball Co-Chairmen Elizabeth DeCesaris, left, and Biana Arentz, right, with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan who was this year’s Bosom Buddies Ball Honorary Chairman. Hogan spoke briefly, talking about his recent recovery from cancer, thanking everyone for their prayers and tying Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You were Dying” to his recovery. Hogan said, “Everyday you have the opportunity to do something great in serving others.”
Bosom Buddies Ball committee member Elizabeth Arentz, daughter of event Chairman Biana Arentz, has been volunteering at the event since she was 13. She continues her service, now a student at University of Maryland College Park.
Tanya Snyder was this year’s Bosom Buddies Ball breast cancer survivor honoree. The tune Hail to the Redskins was played when she walked across the stage. She arrived at the microphone and said, “Hail to the survivors!” (of breast cancer).