Casino fundraiser nets $12,500

Record Observer - - Community -

CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Univer­sity of Mary­land Ch­ester River Health Foundation’s Shoot for the Stars casino night fundraiser on April 9 at the Garfield Cen­ter for the Arts net­ted $12,500 in pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town.

“It was a very en­joy­able and suc­cess­ful evening made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of many vol­un­teers and the gen­er­ous do­na­tions of our friends in the com­mu­nity,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the foundation.

Mu­sic was provided by Daddy O! Does Doo Whop — lo­cal at­tor­ney Dan Saunders. A host of celebrity croupiers, in­clud­ing hospi­tal staff and com­mu­nity med­i­cal providers, kept the ac­tion go­ing at the ta­bles so that guests had the op­por­tu­nity to win prizes and stay en­ter­tained.

At the close of the evening, guests cashed in their chips. Linda Burleson was the high roller with more than $421,000 in chips, which won her a one-week va­ca­tion in Mex­ico. Bon­nie Pis­apia, who works at UM Shore Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, won $560 in the 50/50 raf­fle. Si­grid Wha­ley, foundation board mem­ber, won a long week­end in the Foggy Bot­tom neigh­bor­hood of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Sher­iff John Price won Ori­oles tick­ets, and Dr. Wayne Ben­jamin won the Di­vine Wine Bas­ket.

Ac­cord­ing to Stu Seitz, di­rec­tor of UM Shore Nurs­ing and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town and mas­ter of cer­e­monies for Shoot for the Stars, the event is an im­por­tant one for the cen­ter, its staff and its pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, and also for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“We are re­ally grate­ful for the time, ef­fort and dol­lars that so many peo­ple con­trib­uted to this fun and worth­while oc­ca­sion,” Seitz said. “The pro­ceeds will help us fund pri­or­ity needs that en­hance our fa­cil­ity and the care we pro­vide for our pa­tients.”


Dan Saunders, per­form­ing as Daddy O Does Do-Whop, is pic­tured with Stu Seitz, di­rec­tor, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Nurs­ing & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, who served as the evening’s em­cee.

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