(Nov.7, 2014) Play It Safe will present its biggest fundraiser of the year, Italian Fest, in a new location on Friday, Nov. 14. The Elks Lodge on 138th Street in Ocean City will host the event from 4-7 p.m. this year.
Event coordinators will be making the food, which will include salad, lasagna, meatballs, chicken cacciatore, baked ziti, cheesecakes and pies. Pizza Tugos pizza will be available as well.
“The homemade food will be the main attraction this year. We hope to have a large turnout especially with all the different groups’ donating prizes,” said co-organizer Al Handy.
A silent auction will take place with autographed prizes from professional sports teams including a baseball from the Nationals and a hockey puck from the Washington Capitals. There will be wine baskets, gift certificates, gift baskets and golf packages also up for grabs. Organizers are still accepting auction donations.
Organizers expect between 100 to 200 people to attend the event in the upstairs dining room. Elks Lodge will be offering wine to purchase.
“This will be the 26th year we present Play It Safe in Ocean City to the high school graduates. This fundraiser is instrumental in helping us provide a free-of-charge week for the kids to have fun and be safe while doing it,” said co-organizer Donna Greenwood. “The generosity of the Ocean City community, businesses and organizations supporting this project are why we have been providing this treat for a quarter century.”
The event is sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department, Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee, Town of Ocean City, and students from Stephen Decatur will be assisting with the event.
Tickets cost $14 for adults, $6 for children 4-9 years old and children under 4 eat for free.
Tickets will be available at the door. The auction ends at 6:45 p.m.
For more information or to donate auction items, contact Greenwood at 410-289-7060.
The Play It Safe program is an effort to prevent high school graduates from choosing drugs or alcohol while on their senior week in Ocean City. It provides free events for high school-aged visitors, while encouraging them to make informed and healthy choices. Approximately 165,000 teenagers have signed up for the free activities since the program’s inception.
The 2014 program featured about 50 events including kayak relays, basketball, tennis, pizza-eating contests, dance parties, dodgeball, stand-up paddle boarding, karaoke, bowling, laser tag, beach volleyball, indoor and outdoor miniature golf and T-shirt tie-dying.
The Worcester County Health Department and Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee coordinated the 2014 program with support from the Town of Ocean City, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland Network of Prevention Coordinators and local businesses and organizations.