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Bosom Buddies Pledges $88,000 to Shore Regional Breast Center

Bosom Buddies 2 (400 x 270)Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc. recently pledged $88,000 to the Shore Regional Breast Center for the purchase of a BioVision Faxitron® specimen radiography system, the latest technology for the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.

The purchase of this technology would not have been possible without the generous donation from Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc. An organization based in Queen Anne’s County, the mission of Bosom Buddies is to promote breast cancer awareness, encourage early detection, support treatment and celebrate healing. The Bosom Buddies Ball, held annually in January, is the charity’s main fundraiser, raising funds which are donated to community services and organizations that embody its mission.

When performing a surgical procedure on a breast cancer patient, x-ray imaging of the removed sample is the standard of care because it provides the surgeon with pertinent information related to the patient’s condition. Prior to the Faxitron® technology, samples would be sent to radiology for analysis after which the radiologist would call back to the operating room to provide the surgeon with a report. Depending on the results, removal of additional breast tissue may have been necessary, thus the need for additional testing, while the patient was still under anesthesia.

The BioVision Faxitron® allows the surgeon to take an x-ray of the sample and analyze it within the operating room. This reduces the time in the operating room and helps minimize the potential for future surgeries. Having this technology in the operating room reduces delays in the analysis of breast tissue samples and ultimately reduces the anesthesia time for the patient. In addition, the images are stored within the machine and kept as part of the patient’s medical record.

“The average time to see the image using the Faxitron® is 1.9 minutes compared to 15.8 minutes used when taking the specimen out of the operating room,” comments Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, Medical Director at Shore Regional Breast Center. “Using this machine is truly part of patient-centered care since it reduces the amount of time that a patient needs to be under anesthesia. It also allows more efficient use of the operating room since the Faxitron® shortens the case length, making it possible to care for more patients in the course of a day.”

“The creation of Bosom Buddies Charities was a labor of love,” says Susan Ponchock, founder and 17-year breast cancer survivor. “Seven years later, thanks to our many sponsors, supporters and volunteers, we have raised over $1.3 million to bring state-of-the-art equipment, educational programs and counseling services to the citizens of our local communities. We are gratified to see the expansion of expert medical personnel in our region to more efficiently and effectively provide the treatment and care needed by those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Dr. Lilly adds, “To this day, I am mindfully grateful to this generous group of women that comprise Bosom Buddies Charities. I never use the Faxitron® without saying a big ‘Thank you’ to Bosom Buddies.”

Shore Regional Breast Center provides services for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and support enabling women to make informed decisions about their care and treatment plan when faced with this diagnosis. For more information, visit www.shorehealth.org. For additional information about Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc., visit www.bosombuddiescharities.com.

In photo: Members of the Bosom Buddies Board of Directors recently met with members of Shore Health to present their donation of $88,000 to Shore Regional Breast Center. Pictured are (left to right) Susan Kreamer, Bosom Buddies board member; F. Graham Lee, Vice President for Philanthropy, Shore Health; Roberta Lilly, MD, MPH, FACS, Medical Director, Shore Regional Breast Center; Susan Vianna and Veronica Haggart, Bosom Buddies board members; Brian Leutner, MBA, Director of Radiation and Oncology Services, Shore Health; and Patti Willis, Sr. Vice President External Relations, Communications and Marketing, Shore Health.

 

CNB Donates $5000 to Bosom Buddies to Help Beat Breast Cancer

Bosom Buddies Charities (BBC) has raised $1.2 million in six years to promote breast cancer awareness, treatment, and support in Queen Anne’s County. But the organization’s energy and passion are just the launching pad for this successful enterprise: it takes the support of local businesses and individuals to make the goal of a healthy Queen Anne’s County a reality.

“Since the beginning of our efforts, CNB has been a partner in the Ball and the many tangible benefits that have resulted from it,” said BBC Chair Biana Arentz. “CNB President F. Winfield Trice, Jr. is committed to our cause and to the community in which he lives and works. We are so grateful for his continued support and look forward to working together in 2013 and beyond.”

Bosom Buddies has been a force for good in the community since its inception in 2006. The organization has donated the digital mammography equipment at the Kent Island Breast Center, funded a highly successful Survivor Retreat, and supports a nurse navigator to help guide breast cancer patients through complex medical systems and negotiate through the barriers to care along the continuum. This year’s Touch of the Islands Ball—their major fundraiser—will be held January 19, 2013. Bosom Buddies is actively seeking additional sponsors who would like to be a part of this elegant affair, and encourage any interested organizations or individuals to contact Roni Haggart, Sponsorship Chair, at bosombuddiesball@gmail.com.

Bosom Buddies Charities encourages all women to discuss with their physicians the appropriate mammography guidelines for their particular medical history, and encourages all women over 40 to have an annual mammogram. And because our focus is local, we especially urge all Queen Anne’s County residents to visit our website, www.bosombuddiescharities.org, to learn more about Bosom Buddies Charities and how we may help each other make our community a healthier one.

In photo: from left, Karen White, Susan Kreamer, Biana Arentz, F. Winfield Trice, Susan Ponchock, and Jean Beery.

 

Bosom Buddies Announces 2012-13 Board of Directors

Bosom Buddies Charities (BBC) has elected Biana Bellaflores Arentz as its 2012-2013 Board Chair. She leads a Board of eight outstanding women who have raised $1.2 million in six years to promote breast cancer awareness, treatment, and support in Queen Anne’s County.

Ms. Arentz is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis and a retired Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She has served on the Foundation Board of Chesapeake College and is a supporter of Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Arentz and her husband Steve are Realtors with Long and Foster in Queen Anne’s County, and she is a principal with Chester River Inn Group, LLC. She and her husband owned and operated Hemingway’s Restaurant on Kent Island for over twenty years and have been residents of Queen Anne’s County for 22 years. Their daughter Elizabeth is a junior member of Bosom Buddies Charities.

The Board is comprised of a number of women who have been involved with the organization since its inception in 2006. Most prominent among them is Susan Ponchock, the founder of Bosom Buddies Charities. After surviving the diagnosis of an aggressive type of breast cancer, the trauma of surgery and stem cell transplant, chemotherapy and radiation, Ms. Ponchock organized a group of like-minded women who became the core group of the organization that has given back so much to the community including digital mammography equipment at the Kent Island Breast Center, funding for a nurse navigator for breast cancer patients, and ongoing programs to promote breast cancer awareness, treatment, and support.

Bosom Buddies Vice Chair is Cathy Adelman, who is also a Board member of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and active on numerous community-based organizations. BBC Secretary, Donna Moran, is a founding member of Bosom Buddies and served as Co-Chair of the 2011 and 2012 Bosom Buddies Ball. Karen White, the organization’s Treasurer, is a recent NASA retiree where she worked in Program Operations at NASA headquarters for 40 years.

Board member Veronica Haggart was appointed by the President of the United States as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission and subsequently ran the global government relations and communications regulatory office for Motorola, Inc. Susan Kreamer, a realtor with Long and Foster, is First Vice President on the Master’s Club Board and former Board member of the Anne Arundel County Hospice Cup. Susan Vianna is President of Fishergate, a graphic design company in Chester, Maryland, and is involved fundraising activities benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties, Chesapeake Women’s Network, Hospice of Queen Anne’s, and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

“These women bring a high level of energy and fundraising expertise to Bosom Buddies Charities,” said Board Chair Biana Arentz. “They and the members of the Ball Committee generate so much enthusiasm for our efforts to promote breast cancer awareness, encourage early detection, support treatment, and celebrate healing here in Queen Anne’s County. Our major fundraiser is the annual Bosom Buddies Ball, which will be held this year on January 19, 2013.” The organization is actively seeking sponsors who would like to be a part of this elegant affair, and encourage any interested organizations or individuals to contact Diane Briggs at bosombuddiesball@gmail.com.

Bosom Buddies and Anne Arundel Medical Center Celebrate with Sponsors who Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Bosom Buddies Charities (BBC) has raised $1.2 million in six years to promote breast cancer awareness, treatment, and support in Queen Anne’s County. But the organization’s energy and passion are just the launching pad for this successful enterprise: it takes the energy and passion of many, many corporate, community, and individual supporters who dig deep into their wallets year after year. To thank them, this year BBC teamed up with Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) to host an elegant reception in honor of those sponsors who are the backbone of their fundraising activities.

“Since 2006, our many dedicated sponsors have enabled Bosom Buddies to provide medical equipment, a patient navigator, and educational and support services to thousands of Queen Anne’s County residents coping with the diagnosis of breast cancer,” said BBC Board of Directors Chair Biana Arentz, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. “We are so grateful for the support of all our past, present, and future supporters who have contributed so much to the community.”

The reception, held October 17 at the Health Sciences Pavilion at AAMC, was attended by 85 supporters of the annual Bosom Buddies Ball and other major fundraising activities. Guests had the opportunity to tour the nationally recognized AAMC Breast Center and to hear from AAMC Director of Quality Improvement and Healthcare Systems Research Barry Meisenberg, M.D., who is the Director of the DeCesaris Cancer institute at AAMC. “We are truly grateful for this organization’s continued dedication to improving the health of our patients and for raising funds to promote breast cancer awareness through better detection and treatment for residents of the Eastern Shore,” said Dr. Meisenberg. “We are honored to be their partners.”

Bosom Buddies Charities has a mission of promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, supporting treatment, and celebrating healing—one that keeps them fully committed to activities that transform those words into tangible benefits for Queen Anne’s County residents. The major fundraiser is the annual Bosom Buddies Ball, which will be held this year on January 19, 2013. The organization is actively seeking sponsors who would like to be a part of this elegant affair, and encourage any interested organizations or individuals to contact Roni Haggart, Sponsorship Chair, at bosombuddiesball@gmail.com.

Bosom Buddies Charities encourages all women to discuss with their physicians the appropriate mammography guidelines for their particular medical history, and encourages all women over 40 to have an annual mammogram. And because our focus is local, we especially urge all Queen Anne’s County residents to visit our website, www.bosombuddiescharities.org, to learn more about Bosom Buddies Charities and how we may help each other make our community a healthier one.

In photo, left to right: Lorraine Taffra, Biana Arentz, Susan Ponchock, Reggi Saty, Patrick Saty, Steve Arentz and Lisa Hillman.

Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Young Women at Kent Island High School

Bosom Buddies Charities and Cancer Comfort Angels are teaming up to take their message of breast cancer awareness to Kent Island High School (KIHS). From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, all Queen Anne’s County students are invited to Get their Pink On and “Show you Care, Be Aware” at the second annual Pink Attitude Day at KIHS.

This year, students will have lots opportunities to participate in fun and rewarding events such as:

• Creating comfort blankets for cancer patients, with Laurie Rasinski from Cancer Comfort Angels;
• Working out with Zumba breaks led by Club One trainers;
• Accessorizing with pink feather “jewelry” and hair extensions; and
• Enjoying lots of food and beverages, prizes by Paula’s Fine Jewelry, raffles, giveaways and more!

“Last year was a blast,” said Bosom Buddies Junior Member Elizabeth Arentz, “and this year has even more to appeal to all students. We hope to pack the cafeteria and send everyone home with a lot of Pink and a better idea about breast cancer prevention.”

Bosom Buddies Charities has a mission of promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, supporting treatment, and celebrating healing—one that keeps them fully committed to activities that transform those words into tangible benefits for Queen Anne’s County residents. The major fundraiser is the annual Bosom Buddies Ball, which will be held this year on January 19, 2013.

 

Prospect Bay’s Buddy Up for Bosom Buddies Golf Tournament Kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ten years ago, a group of Prospect Bay women dedicated to making a difference in breast cancer prevention began what has become an annual and highly anticipated event, the Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament. This year the group decided to “Keep it Local” and partnered with Bosom Buddies Charities to host the Buddy Up for Bosom Buddies Golf Tournament on September 14, 2012, as a kick-off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Working together, the Prospect Bay group and the Bosom Buddies raised over $10,000 to help improve the breast cancer survival rates in Queen Anne’s County.

The Buddy up for Bosom Buddies Golf Tournament, held with the beautiful backdrop of Prospect Bay Country Club, brought together 100 golf enthusiasts and supporters of the cause so dear to the hearts of both groups of women. In addition to the participants, 40 local businesses sponsored golf holes and 95 additional businesses and supporters donated items for the two auctions held during the luncheon that took place in a packed Clubhouse. “We are so grateful to the ladies of Prospect Bay and their many friends for their support of Bosom Buddies Charities,” said Bosom Buddies Golf Tournament Chair Linda Bailey. “Bosom Buddies thanks Linda Bailey and Karen White, both Prospect Bay residents and supporters of Bosom Buddies, for all their hard work and dedication to our cause,” said Bosom Buddies Board Chair Biana Arentz, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Bosom Buddies has been a force for good in the community since its inception in 2006. The group’s mission of promoting breast cancer awareness, encouraging early detection, supporting treatment, and celebrating healing, keeps them fully committed to activities that transform those words into tangible benefits for Queen Anne’s County residents. Bosom Buddies has raised over $1 million in five short years and funnels the proceeds from all fundraising events back into the community. The organization has donated the digital mammography equipment at the Kent Island Breast Center, funded a highly successful Survivor Retreat last spring, and supports a nurse navigator to help guide breast cancer patients through complex medical systems and negotiate through the barriers to care along the continuum. This year’s Taste of the Island Ball—their major fundraiser—will be held January 19, 2013.

Bosom Buddies Charities encourages all women to discuss with their physicians the appropriate mammography guidelines for their particular medical history, and encourages all women over 40 to have their annual mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And because our focus is local, we especially urge all Queen Anne’s County residents to visit our website, www.bosombuddiescharities.org, to learn more about Bosom Buddies Charities and how we may help each other make our community a healthier one.

The New R’s Americantina Supports Bosom Buddies Charities

On May 4, 5, and 6, the New R’s Americantina in Stevensville sponsored a weekend-long fundraising event for Bosom Buddies Charities called Cinco de Pink. Throughout the Cinco de Mayo weekend, raffle tickets for an I-Pad3 and other prizes were sold, donations were collected at the door, and customers purchased t-shirts with all proceeds benefitting Bosom Buddies Charities.

The grand prize winner of the I-Pad3 was Rachel Greene of Grasonville. Other prizes from the raffle were awarded to Mike Gill and Paige Hill, both of Stevensville.

Bosom Buddies Charities’ mission is to promote breast cancer awareness, encourage early detection, support treatment, and celebrate healing. For more information about Bosom Buddies Charities, visit BosomBuddiesCharities.com. The New R’s Americantina offers a wide selection of Kiln-Fired Mexican and American Favorites in a fun and inviting atmosphere (rsamericantina.com).

In photo: Susan Vianna (left), on behalf of Bosom Buddies Charities, accepts a check from Jodie Gray, New R’s Americantina owner, for the proceeds of the recent Cinco de Pink event held at the restaurant during Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Bosom Buddies Charities Offers Six $2500 Scholarships

All Queen Anne’s County High School graduates who plan to pursue a collegiate degree in a medical related program are welcome to apply for a $2500 scholarship through Bosom Buddies Charities

Six scholarships are being offered from the Eugenia Teodoli Educational Trust Fund of Bosom Buddies Charities to county high school seniors and former graduates from either Kent Island High School or Queen Anne’s High School who plan to study for a profession in the medical field.

The applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.2 (if a senior) and must submit an application and essay on their qualifications for the award. They are also required to submit at least two letters of recommendation, one from an academic source such as a teacher or counselor.

Bosom Buddies, founded by Susan Ponchock of Stevensville, is a local Queen Anne’s charity whose mission is to promote breast cancer awareness, encourage early detection, support treatment, and celebrate healing. The scholarsip fund was established through a matching grant from the Eugenia Teodoli Educational Trust awarded to Bosom Buddies in 2008. The charity has awarded 12 scholarships in the past 3 years to local students to help achieve their goals.

Instructions and application for the scholarship program can be found at bosombuddiescharities.com. For questions regarding the scholarship program contact Biana Arentz at 410-490-0332.

Bosom Buddies Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Corporation/Maryland organization #17867/FEIN: 20-5944764.

Bosom Buddies Charities Offers 100 Chances To Win Beautiful Diamonds From Paula’s Fine Jewelry

Paula’s Fine Jewelry on Kent Island has once again donated one of four high value pieces of jewelry to be raffled to just 100 ticket holders at the Bosom Buddies Ball on January 21st. The appraised value of the pieces range from $4,000 to $9,850. Proceeds from the raffle and the Ball will benefit Bosom Buddies Charities .

Pieces can be viewed and purchased at the jewelry store located at 1607 Postal Road in Chester. Tickets are priced at $100 each and can also be purchased at Rustico Restaurant and Club One.

The pieces included in the raffle are an 18 karat gold diamond ring valued at $4,000, a 14 karat gold diamond necklace valued at $9,850, a 14 karat gold heart shaped pendant valued at $8,600 and a pair of 18 karat white gold earrings valued at $6,150. The lucky winner will choose their favorite piece and do not need to be present to win.

Paula Warner has been a generous contributor to Bosom Buddies Charities in the past and is now a member of the committee for the 2012 Ball. Committee co-chair, Biana Arentz says, “Paula has always been a supporter of Bosom Buddies and we are thrilled that she is once again donating one of these valuable pieces for our raffle”.

Paula Warner, owner of Paula’s Fine Jewelry, is this year’s winner of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Business awarded by the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce. Her shop has been offering fine jewelry on Kent Island since 1987 and has been named the Best of the Eastern Shore each year since 2008. Last year the winner of the Jewelry Raffle won a 1.5 Karat diamond pendant from Paula’s shop appraised at over $10,000.

In the past five years Bosom Buddies Charities has raised over $1 million for breast cancer. The annual Bosom Buddies Ball includes a delicious meal, a top-notch band and lots of dancing at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Tickets for the ball are available at www.bosombuddiescharities.com.

Breast Cancer Fundraiser a Success

Saturday, October 8, 2011 was the first annual “Save the Coconuts” sponsored by Coconut Joe’s Hawaiian Bar and Grill, Edgewater and Swan Cove Day Spa and Salon in Stevensville.

The event raised $6,000 for Bosom Buddies Charities and the Anne Arundel Medical’s Breast Center which provides services at both the eastern and western shore facilities.  Along with live music all the, they held a large silent auction, sold koozies, pink hair and pink feather extensions, pink cupcakes, lighting of the luminaries, other breast cancer related items, face painting, games for children, an ice luge and a 50/50 which was donated back to the charity.

They held our first “Bra Stretch” and were able to reach ¼ mile across the South River Bridge.  Don’t forget that they are still collecting bras with hopes of a stretch as long as the Bay Bridge in time!  There is an ongoing raffle for a trip to Ocean City and a Spa Day through October 31st at Coconut Joe’s as well as a raffle of great baskets, including a spa day at Swan Cove Day Spa and Salon through the end of October.

There will be an event at the Jetty Dock Bar on Saturday, October 15th as well offering pink hair, pink feathers and lots of fun, food and dancing.

This is  the 6th year that Swan Cove has raised money in the fight against finding a cure.  In previous years, Swan Cove has donated over $20,000 to breast cancer to help local charities.