Members of Star Charities on Friday presented a $1,500 donation to Achilles of Maryland at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines.
Star Charities, based in Ocean Pines, is an all-volunteer nonprofit that aids other local and national organizations by sponsoring several events throughout the year. Funds for Achilles of Maryland were raised during a recent Western Night fundraiser held at the Ocean Downs Casino.
“I certainly want to thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts,” Star Charities founder Anna Foultz said. “Our committee could not succeed in donating money if it wasn’t for the wonderful volunteers.
“It just breaks my heart when I see all these people suffering, and we need to help,” she continued. “I’m always willing to help if they need help!”
Achilles of Maryland is the local chapter of Achilles International, an organization founded during the 1980s to promote disabled athletes.
Ocean Pines resident Jeremy Goetzinger became active in the organization while recovering from the loss of his legs because of Buerger’s Disease, a rare condition that affects circulation. During his recovery, Goetzinger became involved with adaptive sports, including hand cycling.
“We want to thank Star Charities and all of you guys for the work you do in the community, and for graciously letting us be the recipients of some of the funds that you raised this year,” Goetzinger said.
He said funds from Star Charities would help sponsor an event held in conjunction with the annual Marine Corps Marathon, held in Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC.
“Achilles Maryland, with these funds, is going to sponsor a dinner for about 30-60 combat-wounded veterans, as well as provide some of the funds for their adaptive equipment and entry fees for the races,” Goetzinger.
“We appreciate [the donation] and we are going to pay it forward to all of our veterans,” he added.
Foultz said Star Charities would meet next in September to once again focus on fundraising efforts. The group each year donates to several local, regional and national organizations aiding veterans. Foultz’s late husband, Carl, was a combat veteran.
For more information on Achilles of Maryland, visit www.facebook.com/achillesinternationalmaryland.
For more information on Star Charities, contact Foultz at 410-641-7667.