By Greg Ellison
(Oct. 10, 2019) The Marlin Room at the Ocean Pines community center will be renamed for the late Anna Foultz, with a dedication ceremony set for Oct. 24
, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors agreed last Wednesday.
The celebration of Foultz, 93, who died on Sept. 22, will take place starting at 3:30 p.m. in the center’s Assateague Room.
Foultz was a force for local charitable causes for more than three decades. In addition to a lifetime of work for the Girl Scouts, she co-founded Star Charities with her husband, Carl, in 2007 to support members of the armed forces serving overseas.
In his opening remarks at the evening meeting, board President Doug Parks previewed a motion on the agenda to rename the Marlin Room the Anna Foultz Room.
“If I’m out of context, I apologize, but I’m pretty sure that motion will get passed,” he said.
The soon-to-be-former Marlin Room was a regular haunt for Foultz, who attended weekly bridge games with neighbors.
“Star Charities would like to have a remembrance for Anna Foultz,” he said. “Details will be finalized [but] it’s in conjunction with renaming or dedicating the room in her honor.”
Park said in addition to having representatives of Star Charities, the ceremony would feature a performance by the Delmarva Chorus. Attendees will also be invited to share their memories of Foultz.
“I’d just like personally to say that … Anna will be sorely missed,” he said. “As I mentioned earlier, and many other people have, she was a very important person in the Ocean Pines community.”
In addition to Parks, other speakers slated for the event include Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino and Ocean 98 deejay Bulldog.
Carozza will be presenting a citation from Gov. Larry Hogan honoring Foultz’s legacy.
Foultz continued her support of causes until her final days.
In August, she attended Ocean Pines’ National Night Out event representing the Girl Scouts, as reportedly then the oldest active member. On Aug. 16, she awarded the Achilles of Maryland a $1,500 donation during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines.
“We’ll celebrate her, not only by the remembrance of the dedication of that room but just remembering all the things she did for Ocean Pines and Star Charities and all the other organizations she was associated with,” Parks said.
In a release following her passage, Star Charities representatives said Foultz would be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.
“This could take months or even years until we get a date for this to take place,” the release said.
“It was said Anna’s last words were that she didn’t want a parade or a party, ‘If I couldn’t be there,’” the release said. “If you have the same belief that we do, Anna will be here working through each of us.”
To that end, Star Charities also announced its annual “
” drive, which runs through October would be held for what will be its final year.
Collection buckets to donate non-perishable items for U.S. Armed Forces members stationed overseas are located throughout Ocean Pines until Oct. 31. For more information, contact Barb Peletier at 443-896-4914.