Annapolis’ favorite sightseeing boat, Watermark’s Harbor Queen has ended her 40th Birthday Year with a splash and bearing gifts! Offered by Watermark as a viewing platform for the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade, Harbor Queen collected over 300 pounds of food and $1,767.85 for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Over 500 people – and several dogs – stepped aboard the Queen to watch the Parade with admission being a donation to the Food Bank. A portion of proceeds from beverages sold during the event was also donated by Watermark. The unseasonably warm weather brought out a large crowd for this Annapolis tradition and Harbor Queen’s slip at the end of City Dock proved to be a prime viewing spot for the parade. The boat was decorated with holiday lights and festive décor.
“I’ve never seen downtown Annapolis so crowded,” says Debbie Gosselin, President of Watermark, “It was a wonderful evening for the community and businesses of Annapolis. Everyone had a blast fundraising on Harbor Queen and watching the Parade from her top deck. Watermark staff and crew members enjoyed decorating the boat and pitching in to make this fundraiser for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank a big success.”
The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau sponsored the event and Wegmans provided cookies for guests to snack on. Representatives from the Food Bank including Executive Director Bruce Michalec were in attendance and were thrilled by the turnout. The food drive benefits the Annapolis 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.