2016 Shining Light Awardees
Spotlight on Philanthropy
Dewey Goes Pink began in 2011 under the philanthropic vision of Steve “Monty” Montgomery and Adam Howard as a way for Monty and Adam to leverage their local businesses to honor their mothers and raise money for cause that was close to their hearts. Both mothers were affected by breast cancer. Monty’s mother, Barbara “Gugie,” was a 25-year survivor who passed away in 2011. Adam’s mother, Paula, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Now over 2,000 participants come together each year to pay homage to Gugie and support Adam and Monty’s philanthropic vision. Over the last five years Dewey Goes Pink has contributed more than $200,000 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Monty is the owner of The Starboard restaurant in Dewey Beach and Adam is the owner of the Body Shop fitness center in Rehoboth Beach. Both businessmen have displayed a proven record of exceptional philanthropic generosity through their leadership and commitment to Dewey Goes Pink.
Spotlight on Survivorship
Peggie Ball was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009. She attributes her ability to beat the disease to her faith in god and her husband, Bob. Peggie is deserving
of the Shining Light Award because as a survivor, she has served to motivate and inspire others to help those faced with breast cancer. She saw an event advertisement in 2011 for the DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K. She decided to form a team involving her friends and family members, “Walking for All,” and has been an integral part of the event ever since. For the last five years she led the team with dedication and inspiration, coming up with a new costume each year and never losing her team spirit. For the past five years she has raised over $26,000 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition but more importantly, she has spread the message of breast cancer awareness and the resilience of survivorship. She is a caring person, always looking for ways to help. We are pleased to give her the acknowledgment she deserves.
Pictured from left to right in front row:Terry Ward (survivor),Carlie Archer (survivor), Patti Halsey (survivor), Bob Ball, Peggie Ball (survivor), Margaret Phipps, Marie Grimes, Gordon Moore, & Jane Moore.From left to right in back row:Ray Archer (hand on Carlie), Sid Phipps, Billy Shorts, & Moe Grimes. Not Pictured:Carolyn & Ron Kuhn and Brenda & Ray D’Antuono
Spotlight on Healthcare Delivery, Company
Beebe Healthcare, under the leadership of Dan Mapes, director of diagnostic imaging, has spearheaded many initiatives for the advancement of breast imaging at Beebe Healthcare. Through Dan’s efforts, Beebe was one of the first centers in Delaware to earn the American College of Radiology’s designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Dan was also instrumental in bringing breast MRI to Beebe. Dan’s latest accomplishment in the advancement of breast imaging is in the establishment of breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) at Beebe. Dan has been influential in the advancement of breast imaging at Beebe Healthcare in many ways, a resource to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer in and around Sussex County, and a partner to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. We are honored to recognize Beebe Healthcare’s successes and triumphs in the fight against breast cancer.
Spotlight on Healthcare Delivery, Individual
The Honorable Nancy Cook
The Honorable Nancy Cook of Kenton served as a state senator in Delaware from 1974 through 2010. Her list of accomplishments as a leader included championing screenings for Delaware’s most vulnerable populations and supporting programs to fund cancer treatment to Delawareans and subsequent programs to aid in the early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancer. She was also integral in the funding of the mobile mammography van which provides lifesaving screenings to uninsured, underinsured and rarely screened women in Delaware. In January 2009, the mammography screening equipment on the van was in crisis. It desperately needed to be updated from analog to digital technology. While the General Assembly said there was no money in the budget for this upgrade, Sen. Cook was able to ensure the money was made available. Because of the digital equipment that was purchased, the Coalition has gone onto screen almost 800 women a year. The Honorable Nancy Cook is a Shining Light for serving to help others and doing what was necessary to save lives in our community.
Spotlight on Business
Since 2009, Currie Hair Skin Nails has been a friend and supporter of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, under the vision and leadership of Randy Currie, founder of the salon and spa. The business has generously opened its doors for one Sunday in October to host a day of “Life in Beauty.” Staff members volunteer their time and expertise through service appointments and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the DBCC. Through these salon and spa services, including haircuts, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing and more, Currie has been able to contribute over $52,100 to the DBCC. Over the years, Currie Hair Skin Nails has also been a partner by donating samples and gift cards for goodie bags and giveaways to breast cancer survivors and community members participating in DBCC events. Randy Currie is an inspiration for his dedication and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.