San­taCon Kent Is­land to ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties

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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.

Jersey Kitty is hop­ing for a home for the hol­i­days. She is a 7-year-old brown tabby that came to Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs when her own­ers moved and left her be­hind. A car­ing neigh­bor took her in but was un­able to keep her. She is a beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl who is very gen­tle and loves to be held and cud­dled. She is also very play­ful and gets along well with other cats and chil­dren. To meet Jersey Kitty, call Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs at 410-643-9955 for an ap­point­ment.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mia Mar­in­ucci, Emily McArdle and San­taCon Kent Is­land Founder Ed Beres at El Jefe dur­ing the 2016 event.

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