SALISBURY — United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, in partnership with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA), The Embers Restaurant, Blu Crabhouse and Raw Bar and The Voice Radio Network, recently announced a new competition among Ocean City restaurants, titled “Dine United OC,” to benefit Lower Shore residents in need.
This fun and exciting summer competition invites Eastern Shore locals and summer tourists to give back to the local community. As locals and tourists visit Dine United OC participating restaurants and purchase food and drink specials, the restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore in support of their 62 local programs, helping over 77,000 Lower Eastern Shore residents with their Education, Financial Stability and Health needs.
The competition will kick off on June 15 and run through Labor Day, covering most of the summer tourism season. To close out the competition, United Way will hold an awards ceremony at Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar in late September where winners will be announced for the most creative restaurant campaign, and the most successful campaign in each category based on seating capacity.
Incoming United Way Board Member, Dine United OC Committee Chairperson and Vice President of The Embers Restaurant and Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar Cole Taustin shared, “We are ecstatic to bring this new competition to OC locals, tourists and restaurants. The restaurant business is very competitive, and this is a way for us to all work together on a common goal of helping to improve the community in which we do business. It’s a win-win for everyone, and we are really pleased with the momentum this competition is gaining.”
Currently 19 Ocean City restaurants have signed on for the fundraising competition, including Blu Crabhouse & Raw Bar, The Embers Restaurant, DaVinci’s, Happy Jack Pancake House, Phillips Seafood, Seacrets, Smitty McGee’s, The Sunset Grille, Surfin’ Betty’s, Touch of Italy and The Harrison Group of Restaurants including 32 Palm, Atrium Café, Caribbean Pool Bar & Grille, The Coral Reef, The Deep End, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hemingways, Mañana Mode and The Original Pool Bar.
For more information and regular updates about participating restaurants and their specials, visit www.unitedway4us.org. If you are a community-minded OC restaurant owner and would like to get involved, contact Kacey Decker of United Way at 410-742-5143 or Kacey@unitedway4us.org.