The Taste for Life Executive Committee is a prestigious group comprised of dedicated and driven volunteers. The Executive Committee’s purpose is to plan Taste for Life so as to ensure it is a premier event for sponsors, patrons, and attendees. Their support as an Executive Committee member is vital to making this event successful. We appreciate each of our volunteer’s tireless efforts to make each year bigger and better then the last.

If you’re interested in joining the Taste for Life committee, please contact Chrissy Schifkovitz at (410) 933-5183 or via email at We have something for all talents!


Cecil Flamer, Ambassador
Prior to 2009 I was only a financial contributor to the American Cancer Society. As a tribute to my late sister, who succumbed to breast cancer in February, 2009, I wanted to get more involved and I found TFL in April, 2009. I invited my two best friends to be my guest for the day and encouraged them to join me in spending freely to support the cause. It has been my honor and privilege to have participated in the growth of TFL in Baltimore since 2012. We now welcome and thank over 500 of my best friends, business associates and supporters of the fight against cancer to annually enjoy this experience. A voter sante et bon apetit!

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I am involved with the American Cancer Society’s Taste for Life because cancer is a very prevalent form of disease. Some of my close friends and family have been affected by cancer and even a few have passed away. It is great to work with volunteers who share similar stories and experiences because it allows us to passionately come together to make something happen for a great cause.


Vicki Schassler
Owner, Spirits of Mt Vernon Wine Shop. I am very honored to participate on the ACS Taste for Life Committee. I have known so many people impacted by this disease, and with our efforts, we may some day find a cure.


Christie Bell
I’ve lost many family members to cancer so when I saw what the American Cancer Society of Maryland was doing to assist in battling this disease I wanted to be involved immediately. I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing group of people.

Chrissy Schifkovitz
I have been volunteering with the American Cancer Society since 2003. I lost two grandparents to cancer before I really got a chance to know them. The work that the American Cancer Society is doing to research this horrible disease and improve care for cancer patients is remarkable. The services and programs that are provided to those going through their cancer journey allows a sense of ease during a traumatic time. By helping to manage several fundraising events, I hope to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Michele Vitolo
Throughout my career as a cancer researcher, I have met too many people afflicted with cancer and have lost friends and relatives to the disease. I am dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer, and to one day, contribute to finding a cure.  I choose to volunteer for The American Cancer Society because it is an amazing organization with a variety of programs to aid cancer patients and their families, as well as lending a massive amount of support to cancer research. I am very happy to have joined the ACS Taste for Life Committee and to work with the wonderful people within the organization, all with the common goal of defeating cancer.

Sam Council
After losing my dad and grandmother to cancer, I started participating in walks. After participating in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walks, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough and decided to volunteer. Volunteering with the ACS has been one of the most fulfilling things I do in my life. Whenever I participate it makes me happy to know that we’re making a real difference.

Danielle Ellington
Danielle Ellington is the Director of Sales, Catering and Marketing for the Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor. She has been in the hospitality business for 22 years. She is very activating in the hospitality industry through her involvement with organizations such as Professional Conventional Meeting Association (PCMA), National Association Catering Events (NACE), and now with American Cancer Society. In her spare time, she loves being with her husband of 12 years and her two boys. When she is not spending quality time with family, you can find her working in her photography studio. She got in involved with American Cancer Society to give back. It was a special place in her heart. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2016. After recovery of having a full mastectomy, she promises herself that she will always give back!

Joseph Boyd
I have contributed to the American Cancer Society over the years and worked with programs like The Red Devils to help improve the quality of life of people and families living with cancer. My participation with TFL is to honor members of my family and friends who are currently battling this disease and those who have succumbed from it.

Jesse Bennett
I am celebrating my 11th Anniversary as a prostate cancer survivor by continuing to support the Taste For Life event.  This year marks my 9th anniversary of volunteering on the TFL Committee. Each year I have enjoyed contributing support and watching this event grow as we support cancer research.  I am especially proud that we will honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks’ contribution to science and research.  Our Taste For Life event contributes much needed funding for the work needed in finding cures for the many types of cancers. Thank you for your continued support!