Claws for a Cause raises $41,041 for emer­gency cen­ter

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Claws for a Cause crab feast, held at the Fish­er­man’s Crab Deck in Gra­sonville on July 14, raised $41,041 to ben­e­fit the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter at Queen­stown. The pro­ceeds will go to­ward pur­chas­ing state of the art telemedicine equip­ment that will en­able the emer­gency cen­ter to use telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies to pro­vide clin­i­cal health care from re­mote sites.

“We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of ev­ery­one com­ing out and do­ing their part in sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity emer­gency cen­ter in Queen­stown,” said Cassie Guy, cochair­man of the Claws for a Cause com­mit­tee. “This equip­ment will help elim­i­nate distance bar­ri­ers on the eastern shore and en­hance treat­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties for men­tal health, vas­cu­lar and pe­di­atric pa­tients.”

“We are on pace to see 15,500 pa­tients this year,” said Mary Alice Van­hoy, man­ager, UM Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter at Queen­stown. “With as­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity, our team works to pro­vide the high­est qual­ity care and re­sources to our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. Telemedicine will pro­vide a needed re­source at our emer­gency cen­ter and we are very ex­cited about this new tech­nol­ogy as we con­tinue to strive for safe prac­tice and safe care.”

Pre­sented by UM Memorial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, Claws for a Cause in­cluded all-you-can-eat steamed crabs as well as a buf­fet of fried chicken, pork bar­be­cue and as­sorted sides. Along with crabs and buf­fet, guests par­tic­i­pated in two raf­fles. One raf­fle theme was a back­yard bar­be­cue raf­fle, which in­cluded a gas grill, cus­tom corn hole boards, and a Yeti “Roadie” cooler; the other was an out­door liv­ing raf­fle in­clud­ing sev­eral golf pack­ages, walk­ing and boat­ing tours of Annapolis, 100 tar­gets for four peo­ple at The Point at Pin­tail and a brunch at An­nie’s.

“On be­half of Memorial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, I want to thank the hard-work­ing com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers who did a great job mak­ing this event so suc­cess­ful,” said F. Gra­ham Lee, vice pres­i­dent for phi­lan­thropy. “We sold more than 190 tick­ets for the crab feast, which shows how much the com­mu­nity sup­ports Queen­stown emer­gency cen­ter and the ex­cel­lent care pro­vided by the cen­ter staff. We are ex­cited to start plan­ning an­other Claws for a Cause next year and we hope to see ev­ery­one there.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Claws for a Cause com­mit­tee mem­bers and other vol­un­teers line up in front of Fish­er­man’s Crab Deck be­fore the crab feast, (from left) Shel­don Turner, Theresa Bos­worth, Lisa Lisle, Julie McMa­han-Thomas, Holly Rhodes, co-chair­man Ginny Biondi, Mary Alice Van­hoy, Kathy Clark and Mark Freestate. Not present for the photo were Bob­bie Cusi­mano, Vicki Wood-Dean and co-chair­man Cassie Guy.

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