Anyone who sails in Annapolis knows Watermark’s Harbor Queen, the sightseeing boat we have to swerve to avoid on busy summer days… But you may not know that for the third holiday season in a row, Harbor Queen hosts a huge food drive (to benefit Anne Arundel County Food Bank) during the Eastport YC Lights Parade December 14.
If you donate a non-perishable food item, pet food, or a check, you may watch the Lights Parade from the decorated Harbor Queen dockside at the end of City Dock, a prime viewing location for this Annapolis tradition.
Last year, more than 500 people and a few four legged friends watched the Parade from Harbor Queen. This is the third annual “Queen of All Food Drives.” In total, the fundraiser has collected over 700 pounds of non-perishable food and raised $2,867 in cash donations.
“We’re really happy to take part in the fun and end the year helping the Annapolis community during the holidays. It is a team effort—staff and crew members donate and loan holiday decorations for Queen, they’ll spend time working together decorating the boat, and many are volunteering their time to welcome guests and collect donations during the event. Seeing Harbor Queen lit up like a Christmas tree is fun for all.” says Debbie Gosselin, president of Watermark.
The public is invited to drop off donations of non-perishable food items, pet food, or monetary donations throughout the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and step aboard Harbor Queen to watch the Lights Parade. Watermark will have a full cash bar on board with a portion of bar proceeds going to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Light holiday treats will be provided by Wegmans. On-leash pets are welcome onboard.
The public is encouraged to dress warmly and bring their holiday spirit to Annapolis City Dock to help those in need while enjoying a festive Annapolis tradition. Reservations are not required; guests should come to Harbor Queen’s slip at the end of City Dock for the festivities.
The food drive will benefit our area’s neediest citizens. One in 16 residents in Anne Arundel County are below the poverty line; over 1/3 are children and the Anne Arundel County Food Bank serves these citizens. The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event.