Community steps up yet again

Tough economy? Check. Busiest time of the year? Check. Community stepping up and taking care of others?


When Contractors for a Cause held their 5th Annual Springtime Gala at Cripple Creek Country Club on Friday, June 19, approximately 170 people turned out to help. The organization was raising money for the Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Justin’s Beach House, a home being built in Bethany Beach by the Contractors to help families who have been affected by serious disease.

The Justin W. Jennings Foundation was created by Justin’s parents, Craig and Mary Ellen Nantais, to honor their son, who had passed in 2000, at 20 years old, from brain cancer. They partnered with Contractors for a Cause in 2005 to build a home where families affected by disease could come to the beach and have a nice experience.

“We’re going to break ground on Justin’s Beach House on Justin’s 29th birthday, Sept. 29,” said Mike Cummings, founder and co-chair committee officer for Contractors for a Cause. “We’ve got our funds in place, and people can drive down Route 26 and see the location, signs and rendering of the house.”

None of this would have been possible without both the tireless work of the volunteers in the organizations and the charitable contributions of the community. Businesses have donated goods and services to the house ranging from paint to windows to an elevator. And the recent gala raised more than $30,000. Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain came to the gala and made a donation of $10,000. Mackie Banks gave two checks, each for $5,000. And many others bid on goods and services in the auction to benefit the effort.

Once again, we are blown away by the generousity of this community — which continues to rally around causes and individuals no matter the economic climate. It is inspirational and sets an example for future generations that is priceless.

To learn more about the foundations, visit their Web sites at and