SantaCon Kent Island set for flight Dec. 9
STEVENSVILLE — The second annual SantaCon Kent Island will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at four restaurants in the Kent Island area. This charity event raises funds for four local nonprofit organizations.
Rams Head Shorehouse in Stevensville will support the Julianne Rosela Foundation, which raises money in Julianne’s name to provide scholarships for Kent Island High School seniors and provide continued support for victims and families of tragic accidents.
The Pour House Pub in Chester will support the First Responders Fund, which works to fight the local heroin and opioid epidemic in memory of Anthony Reno Jr.
Big Bats Cafe in Stevensville will support the Maryland Special Olympics, a year-round sports organization providing sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s citizens with intellectual disabilities.
El Jefe Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in Stevensville will support There will be silent auctions, raffles and various fundraising for each nonprofit. In addition, attendees are asked to bring a toy to any SantaCon venue for the Schwinky Toy Drive, which benefits children who must spend their Christmas in the hospital. Also, discounted rates have been secured at Best Western Hotel and Holiday Inn Express on Kent Narrows.
“SantaCon Kent Island was organized to support local charities in Queen Anne’s County, and we believe Christmas is for families and especially for children,” said Ed Beres, founder and organizer of SantaCon Kent Island. “With that thought in mind, we support charities that invest in the future of children and work to improve the lives of children in our community.”
Last year, SantaCon Kent Island had 450 par ticipants and raised nearly $9,500 in addition to toys for the charities involved. For more information, visit w ww.santacon.info/Kent_Is land-MD/ or the Facebook page. Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy at the McArdle Center in Stevensville. The nonprofit school offers a customized educational program focused on the individual learner that utilize Applied Behavior Analysis, the only evidencebased therapy proven to be successful with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
For SantaCon Kent Island, attendees are invited to dress with a Christmas theme and visit these four establishments to support the nonprofit organizations. Two free shuttles will be provided between venues. The area restaurants will host drink and food specials with a percentage supporting their specified charities.
Mia Marinucci, Emily McArdle and SantaCon Kent Island founder Ed Beres pose for a group picture.
Mike and Donna Shaw are all ready for the second annual SantaCon Kent Island.
Jim and Jena Lentz are getting into the spirit.