Vascular Birthmark Program continues in the Philippines


Vascular Birthmarks Program in the Philippines continues
July 2010: Philippines Free Press (p 5)

*Philippines Free Press is the oldest news weekly magazine in the Philippines with a circulation of 150,000.

Vascular birthmarks program continues
August 2010: Philippines Graphic (p 36,38)

*Philippines Graphic provides independent news coverage and analysis of both national and grassroots politics, business and current issues, with a circulation of 80,334 copies nationwide weekly.

2011 Cowboy Couture Gala Rip-Roaring Fun!

Cowboy Couture 2011 Outstanding!

The 300 guests attending this event were treated to a night to remember. Firewater was served to the revelers at the saloon’s bar while shoppers checked out the silent auction items laid out nearby. The tables and lighting were beautiful, thanks to PDA Lighting and Sound and Out of Hand Events.

There was a battle royal between Table 27 whose occupants declared war on Table 28 because they had threatened to “out Cowboy” them. The shoot-out got pretty noisy at times but had everyone laughing.

Lexus of Charleston Table says:

“We are so pleased to have been a part of the Cowboy Couture last night. Thought you might enjoy this picture we took of our staff members present. Thank you again for the wonderful work you do!”                          The group The Brillers played during the dinner of elegant chow by Cru Catering, voted the #1 caterer in Charleston. To get the party moving, Emcee Ken French quieted down the gunslingers and got rest of the participants in a fever pitch about the purpose of these fantastic events–the children. Dr. Buncan spoke of her two months studying with Dr. Hochman this year thanks to the generous donations made to finance her trip here from the Philippines. Then Auctioneer, Linda Page, raised the excitement in the room with the awesome auction items and trips.

Then the Memmenger started to rock with the dance beat of the THE MAXX, the fabulous dance band from Atlanta. What a great time everyone had!

To check out all of the fabulous photos taken that evening, go to

Also be sure to watch the video about Dr. Hochman and the children shown at the Gala:


Benefactors: Roper St. Francis Healthcare * Brian and Gretchen Cuddy * Joan and John Hackenberg * John and Marlene Beauston * John anc Catherine Faris * PDA, Jeff Nichols

Table Hosts: Nick Palassis, Dr. David White, Tom & Debbie Mather, Chris & Mace Brown, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Tommy Peters, Noreen Powers & Louise Fraff, Jack & Michele Hensel, Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC, Bank of SC, Keith & Missy Sauls, Lexus of Charleston, Kris & Marc Dubick, Mark & Amy Goedecke, Brad & Ellen Rickenbaker, Lisa Thomas, Mike & Sherry DuPree, Andrew & Stacey Boucher


Dr. Hochman’s Filipino Associate

Dr. Buncan from the Philippines Speaks at this year’s Gala

Due to the fabulous generosity of the attendees of the 2010 Cowboy Couture, Dr. Abigail Buncan was able to travel from the Philippines to study and work with Dr. Hochman for two months this year. THTF, the Rotary Club of Makati West and the Makati Medical Center are continuing to pursue the vascular birthmarks program they launched in the Philippines three years ago. Dr. Buncan is part of that effort. She returned to Charleston as a keynote speaker at the 2011 Cowboy Couture Event this week. Here is what she said:

“In behalf of all of the Filipino children whom we are serving and will continue to serve, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for this great opportunity you have given me to be able to further my training in vascular anomalies under of course the great expert in hemangioma, my mentor, Dr. Marcelo Hochman, whose indefatigable commitment to service, training and research inspires everyone who comes to know his great work.

He has been so helpful, generous, selfless and patient in guiding me since last year in providing the best care possible to all our Filipino patients, especially the underprivileged ones, the same best care patients here are receiving.

And now through your efforts, I know that we would be able to extend this help not only to my country, the Philippines, but also to all the other Asian countries as well, as we will soon establish the Manila Hemangioma Center.

When you read the Bible, almost 30% of it speaks about loving the poor.

St. Matthew said (19:21) ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor. And you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’

St. John Cyrysostom once said: ‘Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.’

Loving the poor shouldn’t be an outreach. It should be a lifestyle.

Don’t just donate; join a ministry for the poor –  JOIN THE HEMANGIOMA TREATMENT FOUNDATION!

And you know what? Something will happen – you will begin to have a new heart – a heart that loves the poor.

Thank you very much!”

Dr. Hochman (left) with Dr. Buncan on his right at Cowboy Couture Gala

You have to see this!

Want to see what Dr. Hochman and his team really do? Watch this interesting and informative video:

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Cowboy Couture Gala 2011 Benefiting the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation


  • What: Our annual charity event with Live Music, Great Food, the best Auction in town and much more!
  • Date:  Thursday – Sept 22, 2011
  • Where:  Memminger Auditorium – 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston SC
  • Tickets: $150 each
  • 6:30 Firewater in the Saloon
  • 7:30  Elegant cowboy fare by Cru Catering
  • 8:00 The Brillers band
  • 9:00 Live Auction Shoot Out
  • MAXX, the great dance band, will be performing again for your dancing pleasure
  • Auction Highlights: check it out below
    • Fly Fishing in Montana
    • Mexican Riviera Luxury Villa with Staff
    • Dove Hunting in Argentina
    • A Party for 30 on the Winds of Fortune with Capt. Wayne Magwood Fishing Charter
    • Spas, Jewelry, Couture and more!


The Facial Surgery Center of Charleston, SC Receives AAAHC Accreditation

Charleston, SC – February 22, 2011 – The Facial Surgery Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients. Status as an accredited organization means The Facial Surgery Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by the Accreditation Association.

Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Helen Turnage, Manager of The Facial Surgery Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s expert surveyors – volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help and organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide,” said Turnage.

Charleston Magazine’s Best Bet

Charleston Magazine Names 2010 Cowboy Couture the Seasons’ Best Bet “Fun-Raiser”

September 2010

“Pardner Up”

‘Help corral funds for hemangioma treatment at Cowboy Couture”

For the past five years. The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation has rounded up funds at Cowboy Couture, a giddyup-style gala where guests trade in their diamonds and stilettos for bolo ties and spurs. “It’s different than other black-tie affairs,” says Dr. Marcelo Hochman, the organization’s founder. “While at medical school at the University of Texas, I wore cowboy boots everywhere–it became my “signature.” So I wanted to pattern the event after a ‘cattleman’s ball,’ where you can mix Western and formal wear.”

A local facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hochman began helping patients with hemangiomas (benign vascular birthmarks) some 20 years ago, inspired by his oldest son, who was born with one. Having become an international leading specialist on the condition, he established the foundation in 2003 to continue his charitable activities on a bigger scale. And it worked: through the organization, he’s been able to treat more than 120 patients by traveling to places such as Manila, Philippines, and bringing patients to the Holy City from as far away as Iraq, Turkey and Cyprus.

Want to help further his mission? Grab your pardner and head for Memminger Auditorium. After filling up on gourmet grub from Iverson Catering, hit the dance floor to bluegrass group the Carolina Chocolate Drops and funk and soul ensemble The MAXX. A live auction has fantastic items in store, and guests who purchase “golden nuggets” (i.e. raffle tickets) are eligible for a grand prize. Put on your boots and go West for a good cause.

–Devon Antonetti

Cowboy Couture 2010 Declared a Rip-Roaring Good Time!

Special thanks to everyone who sponsored, attended and supported the 2010 Cowboy Couture Gala in September. Their generous participation will help make a positive difference in many childrens’ lives!


Gene Reed Toyota and Lexus of Charleston

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of SC

Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Medical University of South Carolina

Brian and Gretchen Cuddy

The Bank of South Carolina

Joan and John Hackenberg

Moore, Beauston & Woodham, LLC

Tom and Debbie Mather


Baker Motors

Doug Warner

Guests enjoyed a five-star meal prepared by Charleston’s Iverson Catering, one of America’s premier caterers. In magical surroundings the eclectic bluegrass sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops delighted during dinner. Great auction items were a big hit and included great get-a-way trips, gift certificates, wine tasting, dinner packages, paintings, racing package and more. Then the evening blasted off with The MAXX, Atlanta’s hottest party band, with everyone on the dance floor having a fabulous time partying down! What a night! You don’t want to miss the party next year!!!

2010 Cowboy Couture Event

September 30, 2010

Y’all come on down to Memminger Auditorium for our

6th Annual Cowboy Couture Event
rated “Best Bet 2010 Fun-Raiser” by Charleston Magazine

You won’t believe all the great vittles and down home fun, fantastic auction items you don’t want to miss, then dancing til your boots fall off!

Cowpokes and cowgirls are encouraged to break out their boots and elegant western duds for this star studded event.  The evening begins with cocktails and great specialty drinks from the saloon.

Guests will enjoy a five-star meal prepared by Charleston’s Iverson Catering which is nationally recognized as one of America’s premier caterers. In magical surroundings the eclectic bluegrass sounds of the Carolina Chocolate Drops will delight during dinner. The Drops were a sell-out hit at the 2010 Spoleto Finale and fans are delighted by their return for a great cause. Then our cowpokes and their ladies will settle in for an auction shoot out.  Auction items include great get-a-way trips to the mountains, Bahamas and exclusive resorts like the Casa Suenos.  The fundraising efforts will include a grand prize drawing for the lucky guests who purchase a “golden nugget”.

The evening then shifts into high gear as The MAXX, Atlanta’s hottest party band, takes the stage for a two hour run that will keep our pardners on the dance floor stomping their boots until midnight.

All of the night’s proceeds benefit the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation which provides surgery and treatment to children with vascular tumors.

Individual tickets are $150 per person
$300 provides laser treatment for a child.

A table of eight is $1200
(please give us your table mates’ names for check-in)
That $1200 provides minor surgery for one child.

A $3500 table for eight, provides you special seating and recognition

That $3500 provides more extensive surgery, travel and accommodations for one child flying in from another country.

A Benefactor’s Table of eight is $5000, giving you “best in house seating”, your own private concierge to fill all of your needs that evening, acknowledgement in the gala program and on our website and newsletter. That $5000 provides surgery and follow-up care for children with complex tumors which require removal in the US.

A $7500 donation for table of eight gives you “best in house seating”, a private concierge, acknowledgement of your gift and a DVD of the trip
The $7500 underwrites the cost of sending a surgical team with Dr. Hochman outside the U.S. to treat children (usually 20 to 30) in a traditionally poor country with limited medical care.

A $10,000 donation gives your table of eight “best in house seating”, a private concierge, acknowledgement of your gift and luncheon date to meet the sponsored doctor.
The $10,000 provides two months of training and lodging for doctors to travel to Charleston and study at the Hemangioma Treatment Center, expanding the Foundation’s ability to serve more children in more countries.

All can be purchased on line at
or by calling (843) 647-8662

Keep your eyes open for more information down the road a piece. You’re gonna love it and help our children live better lives with Dr. Hochman’s expertise and friends of The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation.

Charleston’s Post & Courier “Your Health: Focus to find a cure for tumors”

From a medical standpoint, it’s a common benign tumor, but the damage to the patient is emotional and can last a lifetime.

Hemangiomas, or vascular anomalies (abnormal lumps made up of blood vessels), appear in the first few days and weeks after birth and are medically benign. Treatments are available and can prevent children from having to grow up with the mental anguish of a facial abnormality.

Hemangiomas, aka “vascular anomalies,” can develop in the days and months after birth. One in 10 babies has a vascular anomaly and 80 percent of the tumors occur on the face.

Read more…

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