years ago to bring together a group of friends and form Bosom Buddies.”
Arentz also remembered her late friend, 2012 Bosom Buddies Ball Honoree Laurie Rasinski, who died April 4, 2016. Arentz had a poem read that was written by Rasinski during her struggles with breast cancer, which included the line: “Live with purpose.” Rasinski was the founder of Cancer Comfort Angels.
After dinner, and before the live auction, 2017 Breast Cancer Survivor Ball Honoree Tanya Snyder addressed the audience. The wife of Washington Redskins team owner, Daniel Snyder, Tanya started the “THINK-PINK” campaign for breast cancer awareness in the NFL, beginning in 1999 when the Snyders first purchased the team. It began with the Redskins, then grew to four other teams the next year. Eventually, the movement grew to all the teams in the NFL, all wearing pink football shoes during breast cancer awareness month each October.
In 2008, Tanya Snyder was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her continuing breast cancer awareness efforts earned her the 2013 American Cancer Society Mother of the Year Award, at a luncheon held in Washington, D.C. That luncheon raised more than $405,000 for ACS.
As she walked onto the stage Saturday evening, the instrumental music of “Hail to the Redskins” played. Snyder’s first words to the audience were; “Hail to the survivors!” (of breast cancer). “I want to thank everyone for this honor of being the honoree at this year’s event.”
Following the live auction, the remainder of the evening was entertained by the music of “Mad Planet — Maryland’s Best Rock, Reggae and Funk Band.”
The event was sold out with 343 people attending. Arentz said, “Due to the snow, about 27 people were unable to travel to Annapolis to be with us.”
It was not known at press time much this year’s Ball raised for the cause. Last year, according to Arentz, the net amount raised was just over $200,000. She said, “I’m sure this year’s efforts will reflect similar success.”