Don Osman Named 2018 Independence Day Grand Marshal.

Havre de Grace Independence Commission Chair Christy Silverstein and Mayor Bill Martin announce 2018 Parade Grand Marshal to be Don Osman

At the inaugural John O’ Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Gala on Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced that Don Osman had been selected Grand Marshal for the upcoming year’s Independence Day festivities.

Nominees in addition to Osman included Billy Berg, Marcy Boyle, Dena Cardwell, Bob Greene, Camay Calloway Murphy, Bill Price, and Jo-Anne Toepfer.  This year’s nominees are all active volunteers who exemplify the parade’s 2018 theme “Havre de Grace Honors America’s Volunteers.” All were nominated by members of the public and clearly demonstrate a strong commitment of service to the Havre de Grace community. These nominees will also be recognized in the parade and will follow Osman on the “Havre de Grace Honors America’s Volunteers” float.

Osman, a former educator, has been involved in community service since moving to Havre de Grace over 50 years ago.  While a teacher at Havre de Grace High School, Osman established S.M.I.L.E.S (Service Makes an Individual’s Life Extra Special) a club which taught students the value of community service.  He also played a key role in organizing a non-profit group which helped raise funds for the building of the James R. Harris Stadium. Most notably though is Osman’s work over the last 30 years with the city’s annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner, which provides a free dinner to anyone in need, even delivering to those who are unable to leave their homes.  Last year’s dinner served over 1400 individuals and included hundreds of volunteers.

Don Osman is 2018 Havre de Grace 2018 Parade Grand MarshalAs grand marshal, Osman will serve as an ambassador for this year’s Independence Day celebration and will help lead the parade down Union Avenue.  

The 2018 Independence Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, July 1.

1st Annual Gala Fundraiser

John O’Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Gala

John O'Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Annual Gala logo

Saturday April 28, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Havre de Grace Community Center
100 Lagaret Lane – Havre de Grace

$110 / each
$800 / table of 8

Tickets can also be purchased at the  Visitors Center 

or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online

A fundraising gala to support The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission – includes Dinner, dessert and drinks to feature a “Taste of Grace.”  

Live music provided by “What’s Next?

Talk about a variety of entertainment – CLICK HERE for their song list!
Live and silent auctions and much more.
                   Black tie suggested. Patriotic optional.
 THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS – It’s going to be the BEST event!
Sponsors of the 1st Annual John O'Neill Defenders of Havre de Grace Gala