Rotary donation to help fund Operation Second Chance


On Jan. 15, the Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club donated $1,000 to Operation Second Chance, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded veterans and their families as they recover and transition back to civilian life, including more than 40 families from the local area.

At a presentation for the club, Walt Ellenberger, chairperson of Operation Second Chance, outlined the support the program will be providing to the Delmar wounded warrior community in 2019, including family education programs, monthly community caregiver coffee chats, home preventative maintenance inspection services, emergency financial-needs support, a back-to-school backpack program and other projects. The club used proceeds from their annual Flags for Heroes fundraiser for the donation.

Ellenberger said upcoming paddle boarding event will also raise money for Operation Second Chance. Paddle Second Chance will join forces with Walk on Water and host the Return to Goat Island Paddle Festival in Snow Hill, Md., on Saturday, June 22.

This marks the fourth year that the town of Snow Hill has hosted the event, which is the largest paddle board, kayak and surf-ski race in the Delmarva region. Over the past seven years, Paddle Second Chance has raised more than $200,000 for Operation Second Chance. For event information, registration and “early board” discounts, go to https://paddleguru.com/races/ReturntoGoatIsland2019.