Time for United Way Sum­mer Beach Ball

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CH­ESTER — The United Way of Queen Anne’s County is hav­ing a ball and the pub­lic is in­vited. Not the kind of ball where you have to get dressed up — a Sum­mer Beach Ball with plenty of fam­ily fun and lo­cal crabs!

On Satur­day, Aug. 6, at the Kent Is­land Yacht Club there will be hot crabs and cold bev­er­ages from 1 to 5 p.m. Tick­ets are $50 for adults and $15 for chil­dren ages 6 to 12.

“In the past, the United Way had put on a yearly ban­quet to cel­e­brate the start of our yearly fundrais­ing cam­paign. It was al­ways a beau­ti­ful event sup­ported by many lo­cal res­i­dents to raise funds for our agen­cies. Last year was the first year for our Sum­mer Beach Ball, which was cre­ated to of­fer a more ‘fam­ily friendly’ fundraiser,” said Heather Bacher, United Way board mem­ber and Ball com­mit­tee chair­man. Bacher is with M&T Bank, which has been the ti­tle spon­sor of this event for two years run­ning.

Ac­cord­ing to United Way Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor San­dra Early, “We have three new agen­cies this year, so we need to raise more so we can al­lo­cate more. It’s re­ally all about the non­prof­its to which we al­lo­cate funds. We presently have 22 agen­cies that serve needs coun­ty­wide; every­thing from shel­ter for bat­tered women to trans­porta­tion for the home­less, to sum­mer pro­grams for chil­dren.”

The Sum­mer Beach Ball will fea­ture a Kid Zone, spon­sored by Shore United Bank, East­ern Shore Den­tal and Queen­stown Bank. It will in­clude a moon bounce, of­fer face paint­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren, all in­cluded in their en­trance fee.

The fee also in­cludes a crab feast, beer, burg­ers, hot dogs and sal­ads.

While sup­port­ers are bidding on the si­lent auc­tion, play­ing corn hole, Kam-Jam or lad­der toss, they will be jam­ming to the sounds of DJ Tommy. There also will be a cash bar, and all at­ten­dees will re­ceive a sta­dium cup spon­sored by Kent Is­land Me­chan­i­cal and Fed­eral Re­sources to take home.

United Way Queen Anne’s County is all about neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors. Visit www.unit­ed­wayqac.org to sign up or con­tact San­dra Early at 410-739-4716.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The United Way of Queen Anne’s County is bringing back its Sum­mer Beach Ball fundraiser on Aug. 6 at Kent Is­land Yacht Club. En­joy­ing the crab feast at the 2015 Beach Ball, from left, are Gary But­terewei, Amanda Grimshaw, Chris Grimshaw, Jim VanNess, Ly­dia VanNess and Terri But­ter­wei.

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