By Avra Sullivan
If you attend any of the charitable events or fundraisers in the Kent Island area, chances are you will find Justin Ferguson in the center of all the action. “Fergie Ferg,” as he is affectionately known, has volunteered to help raise money and to promote awareness for a variety of causes from breast cancer awareness to helping local athletes through the Richard Downey Foundation to supporting kids with congestive heart disease. And whenever Fergi’s in the house, the house is sure to be packed.
Growing up in Queenstown as the youngest of five and with a large extended family, Justin quite simply “knows everyone.” A local celebrity in his own right, Justin’s great personality and willingness to “make the best of any situation” often make him the first to be called when help is needed. And he always answers. He has run marathons, mixed drinks as a guest bartender and competed in last year’s Stop in the Name of Love fundraiser. This coming March, he will host the Stop Lite party benefiting Melissa Smith who is battling Transverse Myelitis, a rare neurological disease that has left her paralyzed from the chest down.
Justin says that he always is willing to help any good cause, even if he is not personally affected. However, an incident that occurred several years ago made him aware just how quickly life can change. Justin and his brother were participating in a bike race for heart disease in Washington D.C. when his brother suddenly collapsed. He was taken to a nearby hospital and had to be fitted with a pacemaker to stabilize his heart. His brother made a full recovery, but Justin said this made him realize how precious life is and that awareness of what can befall any one of us is very important.
Justin says that his hometown roots give him the incentive to be so incredibly active in the community. “Living in a small, close knit community, there is a connection. Everyone knows everyone.” He has watched the Eastern Shore grow and change over the years. His fondest childhood memories are baseball games in Queenstown Park, football nights at Queen Anne’s County High and the rivalry between Queen Anne’s and Kent Island.
Justin took a hiatus from the Eastern Shore to attend college in Atlanta, Georgia. While he says the change of scenery was nice and he made great memories and friends, “the Eastern Shore is just where my heart is. This whole place is family. You can go away for a while, but there is always something that brings you back.” Justin seems quite content to stay. “This is where I want to raise my kids.”
While most of his time is spent helping to promote many great causes, Justin enjoys his day job as account manager for Expressway Office Supplies in Baltimore. An active person, he loves traveling, working out and playing sports and is a huge Ravens fan.