Ocean City Today

Country Western Night to benefit wounded soldiers

By Intern, Morgan Pilz | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Josh Davis Members of Star Charities and Erik Cantine, center, director of Food and Beverage at Casino at Ocean Downs, pose for a promotional photo ahead of the annual Country Western Night fundraiser at the casino on Thursday, July 13. The event will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, door prizes and live entertainment, and will benefit wounded soldiers.

(July 7, 2017) Star Charities’ 15th annual Country Western Night in the Casino at Ocean Downs’ clubhouse restaurant will take place on Thursday, July 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The event will raise money for veterans and wounded soldiers while allowing donors to enjoy food, music and live horse racing.

“I’ve been organizing it because I believe in supporting soldiers any way we can,” event Coordinator Anna Foultz said. “We can’t do enough for our soldiers.”

The event will include door prizes such as decorated wine bottles. Each bottle was designed by a member of the Star Charities organization. A buffet and horse racing will start at 7 p.m. There will be 10 horse races that evening. Guests who bet on a horse and win will get their picture taken with the horse and jockey.

Live entertainment will include can-can dancers from Frontier Town, performances from singer Sharon Florentino, and DJ Deno as the emcee.

The buffet will feature chicken, salad, fish, macaroni and cheese, beverages and an assortment of dessert.

Participants are encouraged to wear western-themed costumes and/or outfits.

“We want to see you look like you came from Texas,” Foultz said. “It’s just fun.”

Tickets cost $26 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Proceeds will go directly toward charities benefiting soldiers.

“The money we get when they buy the ticket is for the veterans,” Foultz said. “Every penny goes to veterans. We donate from our hearts because we want to do more for our community. If there is anybody suffering I try to give them money because that’s what we do.”

Those interested in participating in the event must be 18 or older.

“We hope to have a great turnout to show our support for our dear soldiers and show them how much they mean to us,” Foultz said.

Star Charities is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by Foultz and her late husband, Carl, with 17 volunteer staff members.

“I live to help the people here,” Foultz said. “That’s my life.”

To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Foultz at 410-641-7667.

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