CONTACT: Peter Grim, 410-827-7194

Haven Ministries Announces Sixth Annual Beef, Bonfires & Cigars Event

On Saturday, November 4 from 5 p.m. until, Haven Ministries will host its sixth annual Beef, Bonfires & Cigar event at the newly renovated Historic Kent Manor Resort at 500 Kent Manor Drive in Stevensville. The event is to bring awareness to Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week in November, a nationwide week of action where people draw attention to poverty – including hunger and homelessness.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor. Today, 37.2 million Americans live below the poverty level, including one in six children.

“We are so excited to bring back this event after the pandemic as it has always been so well received by the community and many have asked us to offer it again. We hope it will raise $75,000 in funds for Haven Ministries programs including shelter, clothing, food, and resources,” states Peter Grim, Executive Director of Haven Ministries. 

“Due to rising costs of everything today, we are seeing increasing demand from our clientele. Particularly for food and shelter. This event will continue to enable Haven Ministries to continue to help those in need residing in Queen Anne’s County.”

The event includes a cocktail hour, silent auction and raffles, dinner and live grilling, outdoor fires, hand-rolled cigars, and music.

“We are always looking for volunteers to help Haven Ministries with this event, including lining up sponsors, getting auction items, and decorating for the event. Attending the event is a great way to have an enjoyable evening while helping those in need. Plus, the silent auction offers a chance to knock out some of your Christmas shopping,” adds Yvonne Purpora, Event Coordinator for Beef, Bonfires & Cigars.

The cost is $125 per person through October 27. PNC Bank is the event’s Host Sponsor. Questions about the event, sponsorships, providing auction items, or volunteering can be directed to Yvonne Purpora at [email protected] or by calling 410-827-7194.

If one can’t make it to this event, donations to Haven Ministries are always welcome. The fall season kicks off the time of greatest need for under-resourced individuals. For further information or to donate, visit

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a seasonal Homeless Shelter, a Resource Center, and a Food Pantry in Queenstown, Our Daily Thread Store in Chester, Hope Warehouse in Queenstown, and a Food Pantry Truck in Sudlersville.