Pirate party fundraiser returns after two years, WYFCS ready to support families


WORCESTER CO., Md. – After a seemingly stressful two years for children and families, the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is in full gear to help those in the community.

Executive Director and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jenifer Leggour tell us that during the height of the pandemic they saw an increase in anxiety and depression in children, as well as transitioning back and forth between in-person and virtual learning. Their court-appointed special advocate’s (CASA) program also noticed major changes and they were concerned they weren’t seeing as many children during the pandemic.

However, now that things are slowly returning to normal, business is picking up and they have some major focuses for the rest of 2022.

“We want to make sure we have plenty of therapists who aren’t burned out, who are engaging in great self-care and can continue helping all the kids and families and adults in the community,” says Dr. Leggour. She adds, “We’re just going to continue expanding our programming in every way that we can to continue to meet the needs, especially behavioral health needs.”

To help with that expansion, the service center is bringing back its biggest fundraiser event, the 12th annual Pirate Party fundraiser. For $65, people can enjoy a buffet, a pirate-inspired rum drink voucher, live entertainment, raffles, and games.

According to Dr. Leggour, the fundraiser benefits the CASA program which receives a grant from the state. However, the grant requires a 100% match with 75% of that being cash, so she says this fundraiser is of the utmost importance. “The pirate party is a great way for the community to come together and support one another, it’s a great celebration, it’s a kick-off to the summer, it’s a positive message that we’re sending to everyone. Come help your local community, local kids in a local community and have a little fun while you’re doing it,” says Dr. Leggour.

The fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 13th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sunset Grille in West Ocean City.

To learn more about the event or how you can donate, just head to their website.

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