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The 15th annual Ruth's Chris Steak House Sizzling Celebrity Golf Classic was a mega success with 45 golfers fun(d) raising $225,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter, an organization fighting dreaded blood cancers.

The venue was picturesque Woodholme Country Club. Despite horrific rain the day prior, it was a gorgeous sunny day for "Golf Day 2012."

Following a fun day on the lush green turf of Woodholme Country Club, golfers and sponsors enjoyed plentiful cocktails, lavish hors d'oeuvre and a wonderful selection of foods of food items for dinner.

Jon Levinson was auctioneer for interesting auction items. This was followed by an awards presentation and a Sizzling Car Raffle in the beautifully decorated Crystal Room in Ruth's Chris Pikesville location. A fab 2013 Lexus GS 350 was won by a lucky golfer.

Personable Steve DeCarlos and Scott Garceau emceed the program agenda. The magnificent table centerpieces were created by Leslie Amick, Ruth's Chris banquet coordinator. The centerpieces were gorgeous with golf balls included in this unique floral arrangement!

The first place winning golf team was Mariner Distribution. Congrats!

Committee members included honorary chair Steve de Castro, owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House and Beth Prensky with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ruth's Chris staffers on the tournament committee included: Leslie Amick, Pikesville Catering Manager; Mary Callan, Pier 5 Catering Manager; Ben El-Dahabi, Pikesville General Manager; Jacki Donnelly, marketing; David Doward, Water Street General Manager; Barb Esslinger, Accounting; Pedro Gonzalez, Pier 5 General Manager; Tom Isabella, Annapolis General Manager; Sallyann Koontz, Water Street/Havana Catering Manager; Andy Lutz, Havana Club General Manager; Jim Mitich, Director of Operations; Heather Renz, Marketing Director, Edwin Rutz, Regional Kitchen Manager and Richard Sammis.

Jon Rosa is executive director of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter.

Mega thanks Steve de Castro, committee, all the golfers, sponsors, donors, auction contributors and volunteers from both Ruth's Chris and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as their staffers for their involvement with the fab success of this year's event!

LLS data

Leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes are diseases that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system..

A diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma brings many challenges. LLS is committed to providing support and guidance to patients, caregivers and health care professionals.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society does provide support services to blood cancer patients and their families.

Patient financial aid provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help patients with financial need who are under a doctor's care for confirmed blood cancer diagnosis.

Family Support Groups: The Society's groups are led by oncology nurses and social workers. They are open to patients, survivors and family members.

Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program: This peer program can connect a newly diagnosed patient with a person who has met the challenges of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndrome. The peer volunteer helps by listening to concerns, validating feelings and answering questions person-to-person.

The Trish Greene Back to School Program for the Child with Cancer: This program provides books, brochures and videos to assist with a successful transition back to school for the child with cancer. LLS also offers an educational program called: Staying Connected: Facilitating the Learning Experience During and After Cancer Treatment.

For more info about these programs, please contact the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Patient Services." Our local LLS Society, Maryland Chapter, is located at 100 Painters Mill Road #800, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117. Kate Bernard is with Patient Services at our local office. Their phone number is 443-471-1600 or on the web: http://www.LLS.org.

LLS has chapter offices throughout the US and Canada. Each office provides life-enhancing patient services, programs, support and financial aid. LLS also hosts numerous telephone and web education programs, featuring the latest research, treatment and clinical trials findings from medical experts.

Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has invested more than $814 million in leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes research. LLS funded research has led to key advances in understanding blood cancers and has helped produce new treatments to enhance and prolong lives!

Recent studies show that more than 99% of newly diagnosed early stage chronic myeloid leukemia patients can expect to survive long-term. Hodgkin Lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 86% since the 1960's. The survival rate for myeloma patients more than tripled in the past decade!

In LLS last reported year, 78.1% of monies raised by LLS went to research, patient and community services, advocacy and education!

Someday LLS will have a strong role to cure cancer! For over 60 years, they have been fighting for that day. Their mission is a world without blood cancer!

This is a fantabulous organization for those unfortunately inflicted with blood cancers to connect with!

Lifecycle Simcha Celebrations

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something, more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, Stanley Levinson, Dr. Sam Omansky, David Stern, Thalia Resnick, Rheta Rosen, Harriet Resnick, Paul Hollinger, Jack Gresser, Michael Stappler, Betty Jean Bavar, Judy Frankle, Miriam Lavender, Joann Levy, Freida Mazer, Sonny Spector, Alan Kreshtool, Mark Fleischmann, Herb Jeffers, Deb Zimmerman, Edna Crystal, Dr. Debra Roter, Harriet Glaser, Arleen Greenberg, Steve Hankoff, Aaron Bloom, Andy Deitchman, Richard Butler, Stephen Denrich.

Also Kim Stanger, Helen Cierler, Miriam Schlachman, Shirley Leaderman, Jerry Merenblum, Barry Braverman, Richard Lederman, Andy Katz, Rebecca Goldman, Molly Fishel, Norma Cohen, Anne Ferber, Beverly Bernstein, Danielle Hoffberg, Lois Hess, Rhonda Rabau, Lloyd Wallace, Jeff Silver, Avi Meier, Gerri Kobren, Millie Caplan, Sheila Pashen, Angela Graves Alexander, Betty Lavenstein, Gail Schulhoff, Ben Heilveil, Harry Bosk, David Zeigenfuse, Tom Wild, Colin Rabau, Anne Patashnik, Rita Goldberg, Karen Scherr.

Happy kids birthdays Lila Shapiro and Jake Rogers.

Happy, happy birthday to each and every-one and those celebrating birthdays not listed!

Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies!

Engagement congrats

Shelley Gertner to Bob Dolitsky.

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Marriage

Best wishes for wedded bliss: Dr. Cara (Schmid) and Dr. Michael Ginsberg.

Newborns

Welcome to the following adorable, handsome, precious new bundles of joy:

A son, Henry Duncan, to Nanette and Ed Greenberg.

A son, Ashton Jacob, to Tracy and Michael Hoff.

Double delight, double work, double the pleasure (brothers for life), twin sons, Eli Vaughan and Joseph Gabriel, to Deidre and Joe Bernstein.

Mazel Tov to all!

Anniversary congrats

A whopper (platinum plus)72nd anniversary Lil and Willard Hackerman. A gorgeous (diamond plus, plus, plus) 66th anniversary Marion and Chuck Klein, A gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary Herta and Dr. Arthur Baitch, Annette and Jerry Zimmerman.

WOW! And a double WOW! A 72nd, 66th and several 60th anniversaries! Fantabulous!

We all wish Lil and Willard, Marion and Chuck, Herta and Art, Annette and Jerry, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

Celebrating their (golden) big 5-0 half century anniversary Sue and Mel Rayman, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Forchheimer.

A great 43rd anniversary Rheta and; Barry Schloss. An equally great 41st anniversary Diane and Dr. Warren Israel. A fab (double chai) 36th anniversary Sally and Rabbi Steven Fink. An equally fab 31st anniversary Myrna and Malcolm Sears.

Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter century anniversary Jill and Ernest Slovan.

A wonderful 19th anniversary Joan and Jeff Forman. An enjoyable 16th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scher. A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Marnie and Matt Plovan, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Cherry. A great 12th anniversary Penelope and Rabbi Joshua Neely. A very happy 10th anniversary Jessica and Scott Normington, Mindi and Ivan Lutwin. Equally happy 9th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shapiro and a happy 5th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Jim Corley.

Note: United Nations celebrates it's 67th anniversary!

Happy anniversary to all of the above and to those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Your choice of awesome cool/hot happy double digit birthday cha, cha, chas to Doug Ditto.

Bat Mitzvah: Mazel Tov Felice Falk, Sophie Berkman and Yael Hamburger.

Bar Mitzvah: Mazel Tov Adam Rosenstein, Jakob Molin, Ryan Michelson, Ethan Kravet, Emanuel Epstein.

Happy young adult birthdays Megan Siegel, Carly Rosenberg, Shani Taragin, Caitlyn Silver, Rachel Lynn, Gabrielle Klyotskin, Ryan Friedman, Jake Hertzberg.

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthday to Allison Hayes.

Happy milestone birthdays all!

Reminder: Only one and a half weeks until "Election Day 2012!" Tuesday, Nov. 6th! DO VOTE! This is an important election!

Memo: Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, Oct 26th is 5:54 p.m.

Have and enjoy a terrific week everyone! Yes, everyone!

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