Every vacation spot has its signature drink. New Orleans has a Hurricane, Bahamas has the Bahama Mama and Jamaica has Red Stripe beer.
What’s your best guess for Virginia Beach? I would say the Orange Crush, a citrus drink made from freshly squeezed orange juice, alcohol, Sprite and crushed ice. The most popular spot on the Boardwalk to sample one of these drinks would be Waterman’s or Mahi Mah’s.
Here’s a secret, I don’t even drink alcohol but I always take a small sip of this refreshing concoction. I love the texture of the finely crushed ice and the generous splash of orange juice. It’s almost healthy with all that vitamin C.
The reason I’m highlighting this drink is because its namesake is used in the title of a huge fundraising event called “Oyster Crush Charity Fundraiser,” that’s hosted annually by the Cape Henry Rotary Club. Last year, this massive fundraising effort had 1,300 attendees and raised $60,000.
The huge party with a purpose serves oysters from the Eastern Shore, clam chowder, barbecue – and like the name says, freshly squeezed Orange Crush drinks from Mahi Mah’s. This popular party is held at the Yacht Club at Marina Shores on Sept. 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. and features live music from “Tidewater Drive.”
The funds raised through this charitable party support many local organizations. John Skirven, chairman of the event, said this is the main fundraising vehicle for the Cape Henry Rotary Club.
“Our club is crushing it when it comes to placing service above self,” said Skirven.
Last year, the funds raised supported 32 different organizations. The money raised assisted YMCA Camp Silver Beach in providing six scholarships, helped Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia provide 3,100 rides to seniors in Virginia Beach and helped Virginia Beach project Lifesaver supply transmitter bands and battery chargers to families with autism and Alzheimer’s disease.
Other grant funds went to Seton Youth Shelters Street Outreach Program services. A total of 252 youth, ages 2 to 21, were assisted with food, clothing, medical and hygiene supplies, educational assistance and access to a shelter. The club’s goal this year is to raise $65,000. Go to oystercrush.com to purchase tickets, which are $50 each.
If you are craving an orange crush on the weekend of Sept. 18, try pairing it with some oysters and live music at the Oyster Crush fundraiser. Enjoy Virginia Beach’s signature drink with Cape Henry Rotary Club’s signature event. Who would have thought sipping an orange crush on a Sunday afternoon would be the charitable thing to do?
Director of Development and Community Relations