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November 24, 2013

Tea and fashion show Dec. 1 at Ali Ghan Shrine Club

Organized after resident was diagnosed, inaugural celebration of life will benefit Schwab Family Cancer Center at hospital

CUMBERLAND — When the Ladies of the Shrine learned their dear friend Sandy Cochrane was diagnosed with lung cancer, they immediately sprung into action, determined to support her.

They soon realized the best way to do that was to help her and others who are facing cancer celebrate life. The women decided to organize an event that would meet those objectives and support the local American Cancer Society and Schwab Family Cancer Center.

The first Ribbons of Hope Tea and Fashion Show will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the ballroom of the Ali Ghan Shrine Club.

“We want to honor Sandy, support and celebrate her life and the lives of all cancer survivors,” said Rose Ann Squillari, first lady of the Shrine Club. “We also want to increase public awareness and support of all cancers.”

The tea and fashion show will feature 20 models, many of whom are cancer survivors, including Cochrane. The wo-men will showcase fashions and accessories available at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center gift shop.     At the conclusion of the show, each model will be presented with a rose honoring her bravery and willingness to participate in the event.

“I stopped by the gift shop recently and I was hooked,” said Squillari. “There is so much merchandise that is truly unique and special and what better way to show off that merchandise, while supporting Western Maryland Health System.”

Cochrane said participating in this event was an easy decision to make.

“I have received excellent care at the Schwab Family Cancer Center. During my initial visits at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, my doctor told me the physicians at the Schwab Family Cancer Center are among the best on the East Coast,” said Cochrane. “I am pleased to be a part of this event and hope it will raise awareness of the excellent care offered right here close to home.”

Dottie Kight, fellow organizer, said the fashion show promises to be an afternoon filled with fun and fellowship, “with just a little pizzazz thrown in the mix.”

“This will also be a great way to see what is available at the gift shop and maybe give people a chance to tackle those Christmas lists,” Kight added.

Cochrane added, with a laugh, that along with good food, there will be some “good-looking models.”

In conjunction with the fashion show, two basket raffles will be offered. The drawing for the baskets will be held at 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the Ribbons of Hope Tea and Fashion Show will benefit the Schwab Family Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.

To make a reservation to attend the tea, contact Kight at 301-777-7100.

Contact Angie Brant at abrant @times-news.com.

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