On Saturday, January 30th, 2016 City Garage opened its doors to the 18th annual fundraising event – the Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball – to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

The ball was held in honor of the Ulman Cancer Fund’s tireless supporters and their dedication to the cause.




The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults was established by the Ulman family in 1996 when their son, Doug Ulman, was diagnosed with cancer during his sophomore year at Brown University. The Ulman Cancer Fund began with one mission in mind: to change lives for the better by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship throughout their medical journey. Since its inception, the Ulman Cancer Fund has impacted the lives of thousands.


“The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has accomplished a great deal in the way of providing crucial support to thousands of young adults with cancer — through education, scholarship programs, a network of human and health care resources, and fundraising for program and support services provided free of charge” ~ www.ulmanfund.org




The 18th annual Blue Jeans {& Bowties} Ball, held inside City Garage, raised more than $320,000 through donations, ticket sales, silent & live auctions and sponsorships. With over 800 guests in attendance, the evening began with an invitation-only honoree reception which celebrated the 2016 honorees. Secretary of Maryland, David Brinkley – also a young adult cancer survivor – spoke at the honoree reception. Among the attendees were several other elected officials including Nick and Marilyn Mosby, Delegate Cory McCray, Delegate Antonio Hayes and former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

The auction segment of the evening featured top line items including a Harley Davidson, adventurous trips to Costa Rica, Las Vegas and Europe, season box passes to Merriweather Post Pavilion and more.




The highlight event of the ball came in the form of an announcement of the Ulman Cancer Fund’s largest project to date: The Ulman Cancer Fund House.

“In 2016, UCF will break ground on a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore. The UCF House will create a community that fosters peer and social support, decreases financial and other burdens, and encourages hope and healing.” ~www.ulmanfund.org/theucfhouse

To find out more about this amazing initiative, check out this Video detailing the UCF House Capital Campaign.

Take a closer look at the incredible work done by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults by visting their website.