Fundraiser to aid ‘Home of the Brave’ foundation
OCEAN CITY–Star Charities will be hosting its annual “Beef N’ Beer” fundraiser Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the “Home of the Brave” foundation in Berlin. The event normally held at the American Legion on 24th Street in Ocean City has been moved to the Ocean Pines Community Center based on its more convenient location.
The fundraiser will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet containing unlimited beef and beer provided by Monty Jones, owner of The Lazy River Saloon located in Frontier Town in West Ocean City. Performances will be given by several musical groups including the Imagine Band featuring Gail and John Gardner.,
Anna Foultz, coordinator of the event, is excited to also welcome the Philadelphia Woodland String Band known for its first-place win in the 2011 Mummers Parade held annually in Philadelphia. With the help from Ocean 98.1, a radio station based at Seacrets on 49th Street, the charitable group was able to raise enough money to pay for its appearance. In addition, vocalists Sharon and Charles Sorrentino and Lee Taylor are expected to perform.
This year’s event will benefit “Home of the Brave,” which provides assistance to wounded and ill soldiers who have recently arrived home from combat. The organization run by Tina Pearson, provides refuge for these soldiers by allowing them to stay on a private estate to take time and “gather themselves” after returning home from traumatic experiences. The property located in Berlin is Pearson’s own home, which she has adapted to fulfill the needs of handicapped veterans.
After finishing its third year in operation and serving dozens of veterans and their families, Pearson plans on expanding the program to accompanying a new family almost every week. Money raised from the fundraiser will be put toward the several amenities Pearson provides for the families including a welcoming “gift basket” that is created based on the current season and each individual family.
“I am so grateful that Ms. Foultz is giving us this assistance, it is a great way to get the name of the organization out there, to let everyone know what we are doing,” said Pearson.
Many local businesses have helped make this event a success every year through donations of an assortment of food and entertainment.
“We rely on many donations from countless community members. Owners of restaurants including Monty Jones of The Lazy River, Chris Dennings of Cheers in Berlin, and several others have provided us with more than we could ever imagine. As a non profit organization relying on donations and the assistance of volunteers, it is amazing to think of the success that we have had,” Foultz said.
Tickets for the fundraiser cost $26 per person and can be purchased by contacting Foultz at 410-641-7667. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan. 7.