Family Fun Night for River Soccer/SMS sports set for June 8


Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant Players from River Soccer's TOPSoccer program, shown here with founder Howard Gerken and volunteers Emma-Lee Merrick and Paige Troublefield, will benefit from this year's Family Fun Night event.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant Players from River Soccer's TOPSoccer program, shown here with founder Howard Gerken and volunteers Emma-Lee Merrick and Paige Troublefield, will benefit from this year's Family Fun Night event.The River Soccer Club and Selbyville Middle School athletic programs need some help. And for their company-wide Annual Community Service Day, the Long & Foster Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island offices are stepping up to aid the cause.

In an effort to raise $1,000 for each organization, the area offices will team up with The Den at Bear Trap Dunes to host a Family Fun Night & Silent Auction on Wednesday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., inviting the rest of the community to join in for the mission… and the fun.

“We’re hopeful that a lot of the parents will come out to Bear Trap that night,” said Bethany Beach Branch Manager Dottie Wells. “Of course, at Bear Trap, there’s lots of things outside for the kids — it’s really a family affair.”

For nearly two decades, Long & Foster and their more than 200 offices spreading across Maryland, Delaware and Virginia have chosen a different organization to benefit each year. This year, however, the event hits particularly close to home for local affiliated agents including Anne Vogel of Prosperity Home Mortgage.

With a daughter playing for River Soccer, Vogel has seen firsthand how the organization never turns away a player — even when they can’t afford to pay.

As for SMS, the money will go toward some much-needed upgrades for athletic fields and new uniforms, after parents have been asked to contribute in past years.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but not every parent can afford to pay $25,” explained Vogel. “River’s gonna use it to go into the scholarship fund for when parents can’t pay for the uniforms.”

Not only will Bear Trap be donating a portion of the proceeds from the night’s festivities to help the cause, but the L&F team has been gathering gift cards and auction items from local businesses, including their own.

Bear Trap golf pro Neil Maurer will be donating rounds of golf; agents have donated Ravens tickets; and local restaurants, such as Hooked Up, have all stepped up to provide items for the silent auction.

The night will also feature live music, in addition to a 50/50 raffle and all of Bear Trap’s happy-hour offerings.

For more information, or to donate items toward the silent auction, contact Ashley Brosnahan at ashley.brosnahan@lnf.com.