Press Releases — Archive October 2017

Third Annual “Just Desserts” Fundraiser to be held in Chestertown November 4 

October 23, 2017
Contact: Cora Dickson,

With contributions from 15 local restaurants and 3 local vineyards, “Just Desserts” – the third annual fundraiser gala for Rock Hall-based Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc. (ESRREC) – promises to be a sweet deal.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Chestertown, MD.

Acoustic duo Buntopia performs in 2016 at Just Desserts. Photo credit: Cathy Griffith

For a ticket price of $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the event, $10 for children aged 12 and under), Just Desserts will provide attendees with an unlimited sampling of a wide range of desserts. Tickets for Just Desserts are being sold at the ESRREC gift shop “Usagi’s Place” and online at

Each ticket will also be entered in a raffle for a $100 gift certificate donated by Concord Pet Foods & Supplies. Extra raffle chances will be sold for $3 each or in exchange for a rabbit toy for the bunnies at the ESRREC shelter, located on Main Street in Rock Hall.

The family-friendly event includes live music from acoustic duo Buntopia, as well as a silent auction with bunny-themed items and eastern shore treasures. ESRREC will also be taking orders for its 2018 calendar, featuring professional photos of the shelter rabbits.

“More than just a fundraiser, Just Desserts is a year-end celebration and a milestone for ESRREC’s volunteers and supporters,” said ESRREC President Cora Dickson. This is the third year for the event, which raised over $1,700 in 2016.

Business contributing desserts include: from Chestertown, Figg’s Ordinary, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, and The Kitchen at Hotel Imperial; from Rock Hall, Bayside Foods, Get the Scoop, Harbor Shack, Java Rock, Muskrat Alley Café, New Yarmouth, Osprey Point Inn, and Sweet Cheeks Delightful Treats; from Church Hill, Carrie Sue’s CupCakery; from Centreville, Happy Chicken Bakery; and from Kent Island, Bridges and Peace of Cake Bakery. Contributing local vineyards include Bad Alfred’s, Clovelly, and Crow.

In the two and a half years since the shelter started operations, ESRREC (which has 501(c)(3) status) has taken in over 80 abandoned pet rabbits, out of which nearly 60 have been adopted. ESRREC has also arranged 65 spay/neuter operations for its rabbits, who were transferred from the region’s animal shelters, picked up as strays, or surrendered directly by the owners.

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