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Anna Foultz ‘star’ of Ocean Pines
A “star” was born Jan. 11, 1926. Her name is Anna Foultz, a resident of Ocean Pines since 1975 who is about to celebrate her 90th birthday.
She visits family in Houston yearly for the holidays, allowing her family to celebrate her milestone birthday during her 2015 visit. Her granddaughter, Shirley Isbell, who planned the Dec. 19 celebration, sent Anna the invitation to her party featuring a picture of her in her youth, along with a campaign button saying “Happy Birthday Nan Nan,” which will be worn by those attending the celebration.
Anna Foultz is an unbelievably active, young-at-heart, wonderful woman, known to almost everyone locally for all the volunteering she does. To be as energetic as she is would be a blessing to anyone.
Using the word star to describe Anna Foultz has many meanings. She has starred as a featured columnist in the local newspaper, the Ocean Pines Independent, for almost two decades, which can still be read weekly.
In 2006, Anna formed Star Charities with her now-deceased husband, Carl, to enable the all-volunteer foundation to make charitable contributions to local organizations. Before the forming of Star Charities, Anna starred as a big fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Foundation with yearly galas in Ocean City, as well as many other fundraisers each year.
As a star she’s received many awards: Maryland State Senior Hall of Fame in 2005, Worcester County 2005 Most Beautiful People Award, 2008 Sam Wilkinson Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest award from the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol, two keys to the town of Ocean City, a Congressional Award from President Jimmy Carter during his term as president of the United States and another from Congressman Andy Harris, and the first-ever awarded Citizen of the Year from the Sons Of Italy Ocean City Lodge 247. Many more adorn the walls of a room in her house, although she remains modest about all of them.
In recent years, Anna has included fundraising to benefit our military. Annually, she continues Carl’s project, collecting items to be shipped overseas to soldiers at Christmas. She held a VIP social in October, which combined with her annual Beef ‘N Beer, to be held on Jan. 8, will benefit Maryland’s wounded soldiers. This star continues to shine so we can all appreciate its radiance.
David J. Landis, Sr.
Ocean Pines