(Sept. 5, 2014) More than 60 men and women were scheduled to depart early this morning for an all-inclusive vacation with a twist: The trip doubles as a fundraiser for a local charity.
It’s the third year West Ocean City’s CraZy LadyZ! has hosted the fundraiser-vacation, owner and organizer Jan Patterson said, and the 2014 funds will benefit Worcester GOLD (Giving Other Lives Dignity), a non-profit group that helps vulnerable children and families in this county.
“It’s a real eye-opener to know how many children and families are in need in our county — and how many have graduated from that program with the help of Worcester GOLD and no longer need their help,” Patterson said. “They provide (everything) from schools supplies to medicine.”
Each of the 67 travelers, including “10 brave men,” made a $30 donation in addition to the cost of the weeklong trip to a resort in Punta Cana, she she. CraZy LadyZ! and Berlin travel company Travel by Design are matching those funds.
Patterson came up with the idea for the annual trip four years ago when, she put simply, “we needed a vacation.”
She decided to make the event a fundraiser, too, choosing a different local charity each year.
The last trip in 2012 raised more than $4,000 for Women Supporting Women, local non-profit group providing support for women diagnosed with breast cancer, she said.
“We’re all about giving back to the community and we just thought it would be wonderful,” she said, adding “the community has given so much to us.”
In addition to travel discounts from agent Cookie Breitenbach at Travel by Design, Denovo’s Trattoria, in Ocean Pines, and Alex’s Italian Restaurant, in West Ocean City, provided discounted entrees for ticket-holders the night before their travels so they don’t have to cook.
West Ocean City’s Wawa and A Bagel And…, in Ocean Pines, are providing breakfast sandwiches and pastries on the 2 a.m. bus ride to Baltimore-Washington International airport this morning. Avery Salon, in West Ocean City, will provide a hair treatment for the travelers when they return.
“It’s really been wonderful. We live in such a giving community,” Patterson said. “It’s just fun. We have a great time.”
She is already looking ahead to next year’s fundraiser-trip, which she plans to use to raise money for Coastal Hospice.
The travelers will present their donation check to Worcester GOLD at the trip’s post-party at Denovo’s on Sept. 25.
Visit www.facebook.com/worcestergold to learn more about Worcester GOLD and its programs.