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Dine and Stay in Ocean City raises $71K for United Way

Nov 22, 2017
Representatives from restaurants and hotels participating in Dine and Stay United celebrate raising over $71,000 for United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore between June 1 and Sept. 30.

(Nov. 24, 2017) United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore recently announced the results of the Dine and Stay United competitions in Ocean City.

The event encouraged the 28 participating restaurants and 12 hotels to donate a portion of proceeds to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in support of 80 locally-funded programs. The competition began June 1 and ran through Sept. 30.  As of Nov. 1, over $71,000 has reportedly been raised, almost a $30,000 increase over last year’s competition.

“I could not be more excited about the success of Dine United & Stay United,” Cole Taustin, vice president of Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar and the founder of Dine & Stay United OC, said. “The community-mindedness and generosity of the business community in Ocean City has always been tremendous and this is just another testament to that.”

Restaurants and hotels were honored during a ceremony on Oct. 13. Winners in the Dine United competition were: The Original Pool Bar & Grill (1-149 seating capacity), Happy Jack Pancake House (150-299 seating capacity), Harrison’s Harbor Watch (300-599 seating capacity), and The Embers Restaurant (600-plus seating capacity).

Winners in the Stay United competition were: Courtyard by Marriott (1-99 room capacity), Commander Hotel (100-199 room capacity) and Francis Scott Key Family Resort (200-plus room capacity).

The Harrison Group included 10 restaurants in this year’s competition, raising over $23,500.

“The Harrison Group Restaurants take great pride in partnering with United Way in providing worthy support for so many local organizations and families in need,” said Executive Chef Mark Mayers. “One hundred percent of our funds raised in the competition are put to work in our own communities. I am very proud of our restaurant teams’ efforts from the past two years raising over $40,000. We look forward to working hard again next year and are proud to continue our partnership efforts with United Way and serving the community we live in.”

This year’s competition was sponsored by Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar, The Embers Restaurant, Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, The Daily Times, Comcast Spotlight, IHeartRadio including Froggy 99.9, Kiss 95.9, Q105, Magic 98.9, Fox Sports AM960 Delmarva & News Radio 1470 WJDY.

Now in its 73rd year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 80 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties.

United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain educational success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, financial stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in the community, and good health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services.

United Way currently provides over $1.4 million to community programs, impacting 84,000 Eastern Shore residents. For more information, visit www.unitedway4us.org.

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