Location: Atlantic City
Dateline: 05.07.11 - 05.08.11
Saturday morning, May 5: The best way to experience the joy of a town coming together for the Shirley Mae Run and Walk for Breast Cancer is to be part of it.
By the 9am start, thousands filled the Boardwalk in front of the Taj Mahal, playing a role in their lives' movie as they ran and walked to raise money for the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.
I joined them in the 1.5 mile walk, which starting at the Taj and turned back around in Bally’s courtyard. The runners chose between a 5K and 10K race.
We all know women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
We all know women who have passed.
And we all know women who have survived and become part of the struggle to beat this disease.
Saturday was about the survivors and with grateful thanks passed onto future survivors. There were friendly hellos everywhere as participants pushed forth love and hope. Special kudos to the main drives behind this special day: Roy Goldberg, and his sister Annie Goldberg Neustadter, who started this annual Mother’s Day weekend fundraiser in honor of their mother, Shirley Mae Goldberg, a breast cancer survivor. Shirley led over 300 survivors, brightly outfitted in pink T-shirts, down the 39 steps of the Trump Taj Mahal to claim victory and start the walk.
Saturday Night: I returned to Resorts' new revue: Believe – Divas in a Man’s World – with four friends from out of town. It was as good as the first time, and still wowing the mostly straight audience. After the show, I spoke with a 94-year-old woman visiting with her daughter from New York for Mother’s Day. It was her first show featuring men as women. She told me it wouldn’t be her last.
After the show, Joe Piscopo stopped in the new Resorts club Prohibition with Dennis Gomes and party and mingled with the crowd.
Location: Venice Park School
Sunday Morning: The Atlantic County Soccer League introduced 21 Latin American national teams to a new season and each other on this newly rebuilt field at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City, immediately starting the season as several exhibition games were held.
As an outsider, the most heartwarming moment of this opening event every year is watching the field full of more recent arrivals to the U.S.A. turn and face the Stars and Stripes and sing the "National Anthem" at the beginning of the opening ceremonies.
As many of our long-time residents complain that the American Dream has died, it’s good to be reminded, it is alive and well and a shining light around the world as new immigrants move to America daily.
The news coming over TV and radio talked about hours of wait time to get into town and more waiting to get into Resorts. Now, everything old is new again as Resorts leads the charge in reinventing the town; let's hope for more lines!!
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More than 250 breast cancer survivors will gather to kick off the 9th annual Shirley Mae Run & Walk in front of the Trump Taj Mahal May 7.
More than 250 breast cancer survivors will gather to kick off the ninth annual Shirley Mae Run & Walk on Saturday, May 7, for the traditional survivors’ parade on the oceanfront steps of the Trump Taj Mahal. All are mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters in day-to-day life — but on this day they are all breast cancer survivors.
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Prizes for the this special blackjack tournament to raise funds for cancer patients are a Sony 40-inch LCD TV, a Dell laptop computer and an LG 19-inch TV.
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