KI Santacon to benefit local charities
STEVENSVILLE — The third annual Santacon Kent Island will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at three restaurants on Kent Island: The Pour House Pub in Chester, Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville and El Jefe Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in Stevensville.
This charity event raises funds for several local nonprofit organizations: 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; Not My Child QAC, which works to fight the local heroin and opioid epidemic; and Sweet Bay Magnolia Academy at the Mcardle Center, nonprofit school offers a customized educational program focused on the individual learner that uses Applied Behavior Analysis, the only evidence based 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 three establishments to support the nonprofit organizations. Shuttles are provided between venues. The restaurants will host drink and food specials with a percentage supporting the charities. 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.
“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 around 750 “Santas” and raised more than $17,000 for charity in one evening in addition to collecting many toys for the charities involved.
“This year we hope to have an even better turnout and raise even more money for our charities,” Beres said.
For more information, visit www.santacon.info/kent_island-md/ or the Facebook page.
Mia Marinucci, Emily Mcardle and Santacon Kent Island Founder Ed Beres at El Jefe during the 2016 event.