The Original Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in North Ocean City will hold a fundraiser Monday, Dec. 8th to benefit the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as part of its Funds for Friends program. They have coincided this event to be same day as their annual locals’ Christmas Holiday Party.
The party begins at 4 pm, but the fundraising is an All-Day-Event! For every dollar spent throughout the entire day, open to close, 10 percent will be donated to the MCBP. The Original Greene Turtle owner Steve Pappas says it’s all part of their goal to be a positive force in the community.
“We enjoy contributing to the community in many areas and feel it is part of our responsibility,” Pappas said. “December 8th is our chance to help out an agency dedicated to preserving our waterways which is vital in our community. Helping raise money for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a great way to help keep our natural resources healthy.”
Earlier this year the Greene Turtle’s company’s Funds for Friends program was recognized with a Restaurant Neighbor Award by the National Restaurant Association for its fundraising efforts. The award recognizes philanthropic efforts by the foodservice industry that shows “dedication to community outreach”.
The idea behind The Greene Turtle's 'Funds for Friends' program is to team with communities to raise money to support local organizations. The program invites a community group to host an event to raise money for its cause. Since its inception in 2005, Funds for Friends has raised more than $150,000 for organizations in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Delaware.
This is the second consecutive year that the Greene Turtle North chose the MCBP to be the recipient of Funds for Friends. Maryland Coastal Bays Director Dave Wilson praised the restaurant for its continued support, saying it is “clear that the Greene Turtle organization cares about the health of our bays and our community as a whole.”
In addition to raising money for the MCBP, the Greene Turtle will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys or a monetary donation that evening for the U.S. Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots and the Ocean City Police Department’s Toy Drive.