Second Annual Eskimo Outreach at Mud City to Benefit Locals in Need

Feb 22, 2017

Bundle up for a cause and enjoy refreshments and entertainment during the second annual Eskimo Outreach at Mud City Crab House in Stafford Township Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 8 p.m. The indoor-outdoor community event will offer food and beverages from clams and hot chow to craft beer and spiked hot beverages.

“We’re right in the middle of Mud City and the Old Causeway, so the food offering will be on point and include many of their delicious seafood options as well as a raw bar,” said Jeremy DeFilippis, cofounder of Jetty, which is sponsoring the event along with other local organizations, including the Jetty Rock Foundation, Reynolds Landscaping, Rustic Drift, Scissor Sisters, MK Productions, Ann Coen Photography and Ocean Tents along with Stafford PBA and Recreation, Durham School Services and a host of individuals.

Food and beverages will also be available from SunnyRae’s Kitchen food truck, and local Girl Scouts will be roasting s’mores.

All proceeds from the event will benefit locals in need.

“One of the reasons we started the event was due to the fact that local families are in need on a year ’round basis, but most of our fundraisers take place in the warmer seasons,” said DeFilippis. “Simply put, the community needs this event.”

Food and drinks will be cash only, but additional donations can be made by texting Eskimo to 41444 as well as by cash, check or credit card.

“We have some families in mind to donate to this year, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the children of Mallory McBrien as well,” DeFilippis said. “We originally put Eskimo Outreach together to help the McBriens, and we’ll be running all the subsequent events in loving memory of her.”

Last year’s inaugural event was put together within a couple of weeks to help McBrien, who was fighting for her life battling cancer.

“Last year’s event was incredibly successful,” said DeFilippis, noting the Jetty Rock Foundation donated $48,505.28 and another $50,000 was raised via the Young and Brave Foundation. “The McBriens received a good portion of the event proceeds last year, but we also helped two other families in need and made a small donation to the Stafford Fire Department as well.

“We’d like to think that we helped bring some smiles to a few families during very tough times,” DeFilippis added. “To be able to pay a medical or electric bill alleviates stress for the patient and their entire family. It instills a sense of community in all of us as well. When someone from our village falls, then we have to be there to pick them up. The perspective that these types of events bring to the people within our community is amazing, and the more people that we touch, the better off it is for everyone.”  

Live music, presented by the Stafford Township PBA Local 297, will be performed throughout the day. On the Horizon will kick off the event at noon, followed by Ty Mares at 1:10, Third Watch at 2:20, the Jimmy Brogan Band at 3:30, Sneak Attack at 4:40 and Funk Shway at 6.

The event will also include a live auction as well as activities for kids, including Party Crashers, face painting,​ ​a photo booth and more.

Event organizers are urging event-goers to park legally. Free transportation will also be available throughout the event from the Southern Regional Middle School and Stafford town hall.

For more information, email melanie@mudcitycrabhouse.com.  —K.A.E.

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