Roar on the Shore is officially underway. The hub in Perry Square opened this evening, but all of this excitement benefits a good cause.
The five-day event brings in food, fun and live music from all across the country, but the celebration reaches far byond the event, benefiting a different charity each year.
The 11th annual Roar on the Shore will benefit the Mercy Center for Women. Jennie Hagerty, Executive Director of the Mercy Center, says, “We’re excited. This is an opportunity for us of a lifetime… Once our women leave Mercy Center for Women, they go out into their own housing, so we’re going to use the money to help provide housing, furniture, transportation and childcare.”
The Mercy Center provides care for dozens of women who are victims of domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, mental illness and their children.
The Mercy Center for Women was selected out of 16 non-profit organizations through an application process.
Tammy Polanski of the Manufacturer and Business Association tells us, “One of the things the board looks for is that the proceeds will benefit the citizens who need the help most directly.”
Roar on the Shore raised more than $800,000 for charities in the last 10 years. They are hoping to have another successful year for a fitting charity. Polanski says, “That is a wonderful, wonderful organization. Great charity, and we look forward to supporting them this year.”
The Mercy Center for Women does have a tent down in Perry Square for more information.
The charity application is open to all organizations to fill out already for next year. To fill one our for your charity organization, please visit http://roarontheshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2018-Charity-Application.pdf.