According to Fery, the response from the community on Sunday and every day "speaks to what the Samaritan Center is." The center exemplifies the support and kindness of the community members who spend hours volunteering and helping those in need.
Michelle Alexander was new to the event but said the fundraiser is "meeting the needs" of others. Attending with her husband, Herb, she said they have always been away or had other plans the day the beach blues fundraiser was being held, but this year they were able to make it.
"I think it's a great thing," Alexander said. "It's something that's needed in the community."