Fundrais­ing feast

Lob­ster din­ner raises money for county hospice care

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Union Hos­pi­tal Pres­i­dent and CEO Richard Szumel thanks sup­port­ers at the seafood fundraiser at Woody’s Crab House on Mon­day.

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