East Coast Shag Classic
Angie's Story
Angie and Bradley Smock
Wilmington, NC – Angie’s Story, written by Angie Smock of Wilmington, shares the gripping journey she endured with diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer. With no medical insurance, the loss of her mother and grandmother, mounting bills, and a limited support system, how could she move forward? Angie was alone and afraid.
 
By Angie Smock
 
In August of 2010, I had a clean mammogram. In February of 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I was the youngest of 3 children and the only female. My mother had passed away in 2003. My Grandmother passed away in 2005. With no women to guide me, I was scared. I felt isolated and very unsure. How would my husband and I navigate this uncharted path? I needed sisters and women around me. I needed someone who had been down this road before, but who? I was desperate for information and for someone who understood.
 
Lucky for me, I heard about a physician’s forum being held in my hometown. Here was my opportunity to learn more about my cancer and perhaps meet others who could relate to me. I attended the forum, and walked away with more information than I thought possible! I was able to speak to a panel of 4 or 5 physicians. The best thing, it was a free event. Otherwise, I would not have been able to attend. I had no insurance, and could not work!
 
I also heard about a support group for women with any type of cancer. WOW! Who was this organization reaching out to women during their most uncertain times? I had to know. I quickly learned it was Women of Hope.
 
The next week, I met Elizabeth and Kenny Barnes. Their compassion for my plight was sincere and genuine. I was quickly asked how could Women of Hope help? This is where that uncharted and uncertain path became the ROAD OF HOPE! I joined the support group and instantly gained about 5 sisters, all of us fighting a different battle, but all bonded by the disease of cancer. Support groups were pivotal in my journey. I had a safe place to cry, to say I was scared, to be given reassurance and HOPE. To give others HOPE.
 
About halfway through my chemotherapy treatment, my physician ordered a mammogram. A second cancer was discovered. The tumor board met, and my treatment was changed to a more aggressive therapy. The therapy, I was told, would wreak havoc on my body – but no one told me it could impact my mind, a rare side-effect.
 
After the first new treatment, my husband found me up in the middle of the night, very confused and almost “child-like” in my demeanor. The next day, he went to work, only to come home to discover the confusion had worsened. He was terrified. He didn’t know what to do. He HAD to work. I didn’t have family to turn to. He was scared to leave me alone.
 
While pondering on what to do with me, he remembered me talking about Women of Hope! He found Elizabeth’s card and called her. “You don’t know me, I am Bradley, Angie’s husband! I don’t know what to do!” He explained what was going on and hoped she would have a resource to help look after me during the day while he was working. Elizabeth asked Bradley what time he went to work. He said, EARLY! “I leave the house around 6:15 to be at work by 6:45.” Elizabeth replied, “here is our home address, bring her to us!” For the next year, during my three-week chemotherapy treatment cycles, I would go to the Barnes home, where I would be greeted at the door by a smiling Elizabeth, escorted back to a comfortable bedroom to sleep a few more hours, fed nutritious meals, given my scheduled medicine, and given lots and lots of love! This very act, gave my husband Bradley and me, HOPE.
 
When you go through a cancer journey you have no idea what you are going to need. Every journey is different. We had no idea in the beginning of my treatment I would suffer with temporary dementia. We had no idea the financial burden we would be put under. With love and reassurance, Women of Hope helped us endure difficult times in paying for rent, new tires on our vehicle, medicine, and transportation to the doctor. The best gift of all was HOPE. Hope is priceless!
 
Angie Smock                                                                                   
Wilmington, NC
 
Note: Four years since diagnosis, Angie’s cancer is under control and monitored on a quarterly basis. She and her husband are both working and living in Wilmington. Women of Hope programs are funded by events such as East Coast Shag Classic, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, in Wrightsville Beach. For information and reservations, visit www.eastcoastshagclassic.com 
 
Contact:
 
Penny Millis, Chair
Women of Hope
Email: penny@womenofhopenc.org
Phone: 910-297-7688
 
 
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"The Band of Oz has played  the East Coast Shag Classic to benefit Women of Hope for a couple of years now – what a great way to have fun and raise money for a worthy cause."

David Hicks, Drummer
Band of Oz
Weekend Emcee, Joey Warren, "The Little Man of Beach Music", morning man of CBMA's Internet Beach Music Station of the Year, YourBeachMusic.com
"The East Coast Shag Classic is an event I truly look forward to every year. This event is 'First Class' just like the organization behind this wonderful and meaningful weekend. Women of Hope is amazing, not only in their events but the founders, co-founders, board of directors and volunteers. The East Coast Shag Classic is a must attend event."
Joey C. Warren 
The Little Man of Beach Music
YourBeachMusic.com
The Big Kahuna, The Big Kahuna's Beach Party and Sunday Morning Gospel Train
“The East Coast Shag Classic is 'THEE' event if you are a beach music/shag fan. Women of Hope does a great job of helping people, it’s at the 'HEART' of what they do. I am very proud of my association with such great people and a super event. God Bless everyone involved.” 
 
Big Kahuna (Clay McCauley)
The Big Kahuna's Beach Party and Sunday Morning Gospel Train
Ken and Sandy Jones, DJ & Shag/Line Dance Instructors
For Immediate Release
 
Elite CAMMY Award Winners to Perform at East Coast Shag Classic
 
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The Fourth Annual East Coast Shag Classic, featuring the year’s top beach music singers, musicians and entertainers, returns to Wrightsville Beach, January 29 – February 1, 2015.
 
January’s Shag Classic, a three-day charity event benefiting women with cancer and their families, showcases elite recipients of beach music’s 2014 CAMMY Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, and Best Live Production Award. CAMMYs are presented each year in Myrtle Beach at the Carolina(s) Beach Music Awards (CBMA).
 
The East Coast Shag Classic opens Thursday night, January 29, with CBMA’s Best Live Production Award winner, Band of Oz, featuring a full horn section in the dynamic eight-member group. The Embers, a beach music institution featuring Male Vocalist of the Year Craig Woolard, headlines the entertainment on Friday, January 30.
 
Saturday’s musical marathon and dance spans afternoon through late night hours with Entertainer of the Year Jim Quick and Coastline, Group of the Year The Entertainers, and Saturday’s Late Night Dance Party with DJs Joey Warren and Ken Jones.
 
Weekend emcee is Joey Warren – “The Little Man of Beach Music” – widely known by fans from live appearances and as morning personality on CBMA’s Internet Station of the Year, YourBeachMusic.com.
 
From the expert to the aspiring dancer, preeminent instructors Ken and Sandy Jones will provide shag and line dance lessons. Rubber shoes? No problem. Smooth, leather-bottom shoes, for easier turns and sliding, will be available on-site from Shoe Center.
 
Festivities for 2015’s East Coast Shag Classic come to an inspiring close on Sunday with The Gospel Train, hosted by Joey Warren and The Big Kahuna, of The Big Kahuna’s Beach Party and Sunday Morning Gospel Train.
 
Proceeds from the 4th Annual East Coast Shag Classic fund the mission of Women of Hope, a nonprofit organization providing a wide-range of free services to improve the quality of life for female cancer patients and their families. In the U.S., there are 7.6 million living women who have ever been diagnosed with the 10 most common types of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
 
“We cherish the fact that we can be a part of their lives, providing support and encouragement to face the journey, and most important to provide hope,” said Elizabeth Barnes, Co-founder and Executive Director of Women of Hope.
 
The Holiday Inn Resort will host The 4th Annual East Coast Shag Classic.
 
 
Contact:
 
Penny Millis, Chair
East Coast Shag Classic
Women of Hope
Email: penny@womenofhopenc.org
Phone: 910-297-7688
 
Robert B Butler | PR
 
East Coast Shag Classic Weekend Itinerary
 
Shag & Line Dance Lessons are only for ECSC Registered Guests

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lobby
3:00 pm East Coast Shag Classic Store

Lumina Ballroom Lobby
3:00 pm Shoe Center Store

Turtlewatch Ballroom
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Line Dance Lessons
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Shag Lessons (Must know Basic Shag Steps)

Lumina Ballroom
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ECSC Guests - Fan Fair with Band of Oz
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Band of Oz with DJ Ken Jones
*Doors open at 6:00 pm for ECSC guests & at 7:00 pm for general public

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lobby
9:30 am East Coast Shag Classic Store

Lumina Ballroom Lobby
9:30 am Shoe Center Store

Turtlewatch Ballroom
10:00 am – 10:50 am Shag Lessons (Must know Basic Shag Steps)
11:00 am – 11:50 am Intermediate Shag Lessons

Lumina Ballroom
11:00 am – 11:50 am Beginner Shag Lessons

Turtlewatch Ballroom
2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Beginner Line Dance Lessons
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Shag Lessons (Must Know Basic Shag Steps)

Lumina Ballroom
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ECSC Happy Hour - Meet & Greet for ECSC Guests
Sponsored by Jeff & Beth Board
8:00 pm – 12:00 am The Embers featuring Craig Woolard with DJ Joey Warren
*Doors open at 7:00 pm for ECSC guests & at 7:30 pm for general public

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lobby
9:30 am East Coast Shag Classic Store

Lumina Ballroom Lobby
9:30 am Shoe Center Store

Turtlewatch Ballroom
 9:00 am – 9:50 am Shag Lessons (Must Know Basic Shag Steps)
10:00 am – 10:50 am Intermediate Shag Lessons
11:00 am – 11:50 am Line Dance Lessons

Lumina Ballroom
9:00 am – 9:50 am Beginner Shag Lessons
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Saturday Matinee w/ Jim Quick & Coastline & DJ – Joey Warren
*Doors open at 12:30 pm
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm ECSC Guests Only – Reserve your seat for evening concert
6:00 pm Silent Auction open
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm The Entertainers with DJ’s – Joey Warren & Ken Jones
*Doors open at 6:00 pm for ECSC Guests & 6:30 pm for general public
11:00 pm – 1:00 am Saturday Late Night Dance Party with DJ’s Joey Warren & Ken Jones

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lumina Ballroom
10:00 am – 11:00 am Gospel Train with Joey Warren & The Big Kahuna 
CBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Craig Woolard
CBMA Entertainer of the Year, Jim Quick
Band of Oz, www.bandofoz.com, CBMA's Best Live Production Award for 2014
The Embers, featuring CBMA's Male Vocalist of the Year, Craig Woolard, www.theembersband.net
CMBA Entertainer of the Year Jim Quick and Coastline, www.jimquickmusic.com
CBMA Group of the Year for 2014, The Entertainers, www.theentertainersband.com
 
 
 
 
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