Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Cancer survivor
Heitzman gets
award, cheers

THE Boots on the Beach crowd broke into applause and cheers last Saturday when Susan Heitzman, looking gorgeous, said her doctor said to tell people she is free of cancer. Susan received the Patti Schuler Recognition Award at the Hilton Village event, a Cancer Society benefit. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Thanks to successful treatment, she was able to get back into competitive outrigger canoe racing this year and was on the winning team in her age group in the recent Molokai to Oahu race. Susan's spouse, Chuck, was beaming at the Hilton event. "I feel very, very proud and excited about Susan's honor," Chuck said. "She was wonderful to be with going through all this disease and was uplifting to be with even going through cancer. She's a wonderful lady who I'm fortunate to say is my wife." Jim Schuler matched contributions to the Cancer Society at the party. Jim's late wife, Patti, was a cancer victim. Terry Lagrange's hard-working banquet crew served the Western-attired crowd a hearty prime-rib dinner. Mike Buck emceed ...

Great gift for a 49er fan

I had another birthday Oct. 26 and celebrated at the Mini-Benny Birthday Tourney for Wobbly Golfers and Worthy Women at the Navy-Marine course. Howard Cook and Eddie Lee shared first place with net 69s. Guitarist-singer Sam Henderson was a hit performing at the awards party in Sam Snead's Tavern, overlooking the lush course. Judy Jensen flew in from Arizona to play in the tourney and gave me a fabulous birthday gift: A 49er football helmet signed by Steve Young, the great former 49er quarterback. Steve is married to Judy's niece Barb ... Jimmy Borges was my cart partner in the Mini-Benny. He recently returned from his St. Elizabeth High School's 50th class reunion in Oakland. Jimmy was a star football halfback in school. Jimmy and wife Vicki visited with ex-isle model Debby Hedquist-Sorvino and her hubby Bernard, who took them to Bobo Quevara, a hot S.F. restaurant. Great steaks, Jimmy said. Then it was down to L.A. and a visit with Jimmy's daughter Steffanie Juergenson and her spouse, Randy. Steffanie tossed a surprise party, inviting former Trapperette Christie Burton and musicians Jimmy has worked with, including Les Benedict, Ira Nepus, Larry Hall, Gary Grant, Kenny Wild, Greg Fields and his wife, Monica Mancini, a singer ...

Jany celebrates

Jany Cataldo had a two-day celebration starting on Oct. 24, her birthday, with a luncheon with 13 gal pals at Hoku's and winding up with a smashing dinner party at Michel's with 50 guests the following night ... Cathy Foy heads for Denver this month with Tim and Devon Guard to sing the National Anthem at the Nov. 23 Denver-Chicago football game. The Denver Broncos are owned by former isle resident Pat Bowlen. Tim is a member of the team's board of directors ... Polo player Alice Lombardo, Beachcomber Realty owner, tossed a christening party for her granddaughter Sara Renee Hokulani Heckman yesterday at the Moana's Beachside Cafe. Sara's parents are Jeanine and Steven Heckman of Elizabethtown, Pa. Jeanine is granny's daughter ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of
people, places and things every Saturday.
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