Guest bartenders raise funds for AGH

PHOTO COURTESY GREG ELLISON/BAYSIDE GAZETTE
Ocean Pines Board members and staff take part in a guest bartending event at the Yacht Club on Oct. 26. Proceeds from the event benefited Atlantic General Hospital.

Guest bartenders from the Ocean Pines Board and staff on Friday helped raise nearly $600 for Atlantic General Hospital through the 26th annual AGH Penguin Swim.  

Participating were Association President Doug Parks, Vice President Steve Tuttle, Treasurer Larry Perrone, Secretary Colette Horn, Board members Tom Janasek and Frank Daly, General Manager John Viola, Golf Director John Malinoski, Recreation and Parks Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue, and Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis.  

The Penguin Swim is Atlantic General Hospital’s annual fundraising drive. Each year, participants gather donations and pledges before taking a dip on the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day. Funds raised support programs and services of the nonprofit hospital, based in Berlin.  

Gary Miller, team captain of the OC Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim Team, organized the guest bartending event.  

“The Ocean City Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim Team thanks everyone who participated in the second annual Ocean Pines VIP Guest Bartender Fundraiser in support of the 26th annual AGH Penguin Swim,” Miller said. “Thanks to all your efforts and participation, we were able to raise $580 for this worthy cause. We also want to thank the Matt Ortt Company and their fabulous staff for their hospitality in hosting the event.” 

Miller said tickets for the annual raffle associated with the Penguin Swim are still available.  

“If you did not get an opportunity to buy any raffle tickets for the prizes drawn [on Friday], you still have a chance to buy tickets for our big end-of-year raffle,” he said. “Again, ALL money raised goes to the AGH Penguin Swim. First prize for this raffle is $600 in gift cards to local restaurants. Second prize is an in-home catered seafood dinner for six from the Shrimp Boat, and third prize is a basket of cheer.” 

Donations may also be made directly to the OC Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim Team. Visit www.aghpenguinswim.org, click on “find a team” and “OC Ravens Roost 44” to donate online.  

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