Press Releases – Archive October 2019

5th Annual “Just Desserts” Gala to be Held November 2 in Chestertown 

Fundraiser for Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue

October 22, 2019
Contact: Cora Dickson,

For the fifth year, “Just Desserts” – a fundraiser for Rock Hall-based Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc. (ESRREC) – will make every sweet tooth happy.

The buffet at this gala consists of a wide range of desserts contributed by 15 local restaurants. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the Kent Center Banquet Hall in Chestertown, MD.

Attendees can have unlimited sampling of desserts for the admission price of $25 (Advance tickets $20, children aged 12 and under for $10). Tickets for Just Desserts are being sold online via the ESRREC website at

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. Wine donated by local favorite Crow Vineyard will be sold by the glass.

Each ticket for Just Desserts 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.

“Just Desserts has become a beloved tradition for ESRREC’s volunteers and supporters,” said ESRREC President Cora Dickson. Proceeds for the event will cover ESRREC operating costs such as its veterinary bills, which have already exceeded $10,000 this year.

In the four and a half years since the shelter started operations, ESRREC has taken in 204 abandoned pet rabbits. So far this year 45 rabbits have been adopted, bringing its total to 153 adoptions. ESRREC, which has 501(c)(3) status to accept charitable donations, has spayed or neutered 187 rabbits in order to prepare them for adoption. Typically the rabbits are transferred from the region’s animal shelters, picked up as strays, or surrendered directly by the owners.

Business contributing desserts include: from Chestertown, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, Happy Chicken Bakery, Figg’s Ordinary, and 98 Cannon Riverfront Grille; from Rock Hall, Bayside Foods, Get the Scoop, Harbor Shack, Java Rock, Pearl on Main, Sweet Cheeks Delightful Treats, and The Wheelhouse; from Church Hill, Carrie Sue’s CupCakery; and from Kent Island, Bridges, Hemingway’s and Peace of Cake Bakery.

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