The mood was joyous but solemn as six Delawareans were honored by Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for their leadership and support of breast cancer initiatives this year. The 2016 Shining Light Awards were presented at a special breakfast with several hundred guests in attendance on June 16th at the Chase Center. The program included heartfelt remarks by cancer survivors who introduced the honorees as well as remarks by Governor Jack Markell.
“The Shining Light Awards program began so the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition would have a public platform to recognize the countless heroes and heroines in Delaware who are leading the battle against breast cancer,” stated Vicky Cooke, DBCC Executive Director.
Since 2009, Currie Hair Skin Nails has donated over $50,000 to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, in large part because of the annual “Life in Beauty,” a salon day that is totally devoted to the DBCC. On one day in October, every employee volunteers their time and services, and 100% of proceeds are donated to the Coalition. The fundraiser was dreamed up by Currie founder Randy Currie, who received the “Spotlight on Business” award.
Other 2016 awardees included Steve Montgomery and Adam Howard for their philanthropic efforts toward the annual Dewey Goes Pink 5K; Peggie Ball for “Spotlight on Survivorship;” Beebe Healthcare under the leadership of Dan Mapes for “Spotlight on Health Care Delivery, Organization;” and the Hon. Nancy Cook for “Spotlight on Health Care Delivery, Individual.”