Pelicans Food Services Community Horry County Children Continue To Benefit


February 26, 2001
Contact: Bryan Dolgin

Pelicans Food Services Community Horry County Children Continue To Benefit

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — The Myrtle Beach Pelicans food concession stands have produced approximately $120,000 through the first two seasons for local non-profit groups. Ovations Food Services (formerly known as Excel Food Services) operates the Pelicans food concessions at Coastal Federal Field. This program was not started in Myrtle Beach rather it is a program that operates throughout the sports world at all levels, collegiate and professional.

There are 10 groups that have worked the Coastal Federal Field food concession stands during Pelicans games. The groups include the Ocean Strand Soccer Club (OSSOC), Trust My People, Glenn’s Bay Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge, High Steppers, Socastee High School, Waccamaw High School, South Strand Lions Club, Myrtle Beach High School Booster Club and Kingsway Baptist.

A group is qualified to work the food concession stands as long as they have a non-profit designation. Each working group earns a percentage of a game’s net sales. The percentage is between 10 and 12%. The newer groups make 10%. Each group works “x” number of the 70 Pelicans home games. Groups may have a bonus structure based on their length of commitment (amount of games).

There is usually a 50-50 split of volunteer and hired workers at each food concession stand throughout the ballpark. This program benefits the local community, and it controls labor costs for the food service. The money earned by the groups from working the Pelicans games has been used to fund special trips such as the soccer club going to Europe, church missions, team uniforms, school year books, etc.

For more information, please contact Pete Orth, the General Manager of Ovations Food Service at Coastal Federal Field, at 843-918-6035. For names of the contacts for the before mentioned groups, please contact the Pelicans Director of Media & Public Relations, Bryan Dolgin, at 843-918-6016 or ask Pete Orth.

The Pelicans primary charitable foundation, The Youth Diamond Fund, continues to raise money benefiting the children of Horry County. In 2000, the YDF donated $13,000 to the Green Sea-Floyds Recreation Department. They used the funding to put up lights on their new athletic fields. This year, the YDF has already raised more than $13,000.

Steve Malliet, the Pelicans General Manager, created the YDF with the purpose of the money raised to go towards the development of athletic fields/facilities, fund equipment, or aid the development of coaching for the benefit of Children across Horry County. The intent of the YDF is to have the funds from the entire year given to one specific project each year. Organizations in need of funds are encouraged to contact George Cox with their proposals. Cox, the Chairman of the YDF, can be reached at 843-497-7000.

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