Gov. Ho­gan, hon­orary chair­man, in­spires at Bo­som Bud­dies Ball

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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).

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