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Tickets available for annual ‘Western Night’ fundraiser

Star Charities Founder Anna Foultz, center, organized the 21st annual Country Western Night fundraiser for wounded soldiers at the Ocean Downs Casino, July 12. Also pictured, from left, are Star Charities Secretary Susan Walter, Ocean Downs Food and Beverage Manager Vince Fudge, General Manager Bobbi Sample, and Marketing Director Crystal Layton.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 5, 2018) Tickets sold out for the 21st annual Country Western Night at the Ocean Downs Casino on July 12, but a few dozen more have been made available.

Organizer Anna Foultz said 125 passes had already sold, but 25 more were approved by the casino. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

“I’m so happy! People are really coming this year and I’ve been selling a lot of tickets,” Foultz said.

The event, which will start at 5 p.m., was created by 92-year-old Foultz and hosted each year by Ocean Pines nonprofit Star Charities for the benefit of wounded soldiers.

This year, money will be directed to those serving in the United States Marines.

Foultz said the event was started in part to honor her late husband, Carl.

“It’s in my heart. My husband was a veteran and served for four years in the CBI [China Burma India Theater during World War II], and he was lucky to come home,” she said. “But he told me some of the things they have to go through, so he started …” nonprofit work for soldiers that continues today.

That includes the annual Holiday Gifts for Soldiers Overseas drive.

“Every October we do that, which was his idea, and we’re still doing it,” Foultz said. “And my heart goes out to these soldiers – no matter what. I know that they’ve suffered.”

Foultz said the Country Western Night event takes up three levels of the restaurant section of the casino, on 10218 Racetrack Road near Ocean Pines.

Tickets, $26, include an all-you-can-eat buffet, door prizes, and live Johnny Cash music performed by Bob Jones.

For tickets, contact Foultz at 410-641-7667.