Lobster dinner raises money for county hospice care
— Hundreds of people lined up to get into Woody’s Crab House on Monday night for what has become an annual lobster and seafood feast to raise money for hospice and pal-
liative care patients in Cecil County.
This was the first year that Union Hospital Foundation has run the fundraiser since merging with Northern Chesapeake Hospice in January, but the funds continue to benefit patients in either hospice, palliative care or grief support programs.
Union Hospital President and CEO Richard Szumel mingled with patrons during
the dinner’s two seatings, making sure he thanked them for supporting this program.
At the post-dinner ceremony where tickets are drawn for prizes, including the top prize of a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, Szumel personalized what hospice care means to his family.
Sharing a story of a tough 18-month period when his father-in-law was in ill health, Szumel recalled how palliative care and hospice gave tremendous support to his family.
“These people work miracles,” he said. “They took us from chaos to peace. You coming out tonight makes this possible and your donations will make this possible.”
Every year a maximum of 1,500 tickets are sold at $50 each for a chance at winning a new car. This year only a total of 860 tickets were sold, giving ticket holders a good shot at winning something.
Folks gathered in the Tiki Bar area behind Woody’s for the drawings at about 8:30 p.m.
Mary Ferrero, a retiree from Newark, Del., won the Chevy Camaro when her ticket was drawn from a large barrel by Barry Williams, of Williams Chevrolet, which provided the car.
Norman Hunter, the night’s emcee and a member of the foundation board, called Ferrero to tell her of the big win while spectators watched.
“I think you just won a new Camaro,” Hunter said into the phone. “It’s going to come to your garage soon.”
Gabrielle Oldham, event coordinator for the foundation, is making arrangements for Ferrero to pick up the car as soon as possible.
“She told me she bought the winning ticket at the Fair Hill Races in May,” Oldham said.
Other winners included Cecil County resident and real estate agent Len Wilson, who won a week of lodging in a condominium in Williamsburg, Va., while Mitch Gearinger, of Middletown, Del., won $300 in car wash services and Ray Justison, of Bel Air, won a cash prize of $3,000.
In a separate raffle for a Ralph Young refurbished trunk filled with beverages, Donna Hall, a hospice employee, had the winning ticket.
Frank Chapman, of Cecil County, won $645 in a 50/50 raffle.
This was the 19th year of the car raffle and more to raise money for hospice care in Cecil County.
Lobsters like this one were the main attraction Monday night at Woody’s Crab House in North East for the 19th annual seafood feast to benefit county hospice care.
Union Hospital President and CEO Richard Szumel thanks supporters at the seafood fundraiser at Woody’s Crab House on Monday.