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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.”

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