San­taCon Kent Is­land set for flight Dec. 9

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS

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.

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