Lady Pa­tri­ots get closer to fundrais­ing goal

Group plans to buy all-ter­rain wheel­chair for wounded vet­eran

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By DENAE SPIERING dspier­ing@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ Dspier­ing617.

The Lady Pa­tri­ots of the Eastern Shore were spot­ted at the Water­fowl Fes­ti­val’s Sports­man’s Pavil­ion fundrais­ing for its all-ter­rain wheel­chair for a wounded vet­eran. The non­profit group spent Satur­day, Nov. 11, near the Ac­tion Trackchair dealer fundrais­ing for its cam­paign, test driv­ing the wheel­chairs and drum­ming up sup­port for its cause.

EAS­TON — The Lady Pa­tri­ots of the Eastern Shore were spot­ted at the Water­fowl Fes­ti­val’s Sports­man’s Pavil­ion fundrais­ing for its all- ter­rain wheel­chair for a wounded vet­eran.

The non­profit group spent Satur­day, Nov. 11, near the Ac­tion Trackchair dealer fundrais­ing for its cam­paign, test driv­ing the wheel­chairs and drum­ming up sup­port for its cause.

“It was a lot of fun try­ing out that chair,” pres­i­dent of the Lady Pa­tri­ots Con­nie Sheer said. “Gosh, it was re­ally easy to use, too.”

The Lady Pa­tri­ots of the Eastern Shore formed in March, with a fo­cus on help­ing Eastern Shore vet­er­ans. Its first mis­sion was to raise enough money to pur­chase a young wounded vet­eran an all- ter­rain wheel­chair.

“We are half­way there,” Sheer said. “We have done re­ally well.”

The group be­gan fundrais­ing through crab feast raf­fles and, by Septem­ber, had raised $ 500 to­ward the goal. Since then, mem­bers have been host­ing fundrais­ers, seek­ing grant fund­ing and mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions at lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions across the Mid- Shore.

“We have had such a great re­sponse from so many groups,” Sheer said. “We have made pre­sen­ta­tions at sev­eral Ro­tary clubs, the Elks Lodge and the VFW in Eas­ton.”

Sheer said VFW Post 5118 in Eas­ton has been help­ful in the cam­paign and al­lows the group to hold meet­ings there, too.

The lat­est fundraiser the Lady Pa­tri­ots took on to meet the goal was a Thanksgiving din­ner raf­fle, which suc­cess­fully sold out of 1,000 tick­ets.

The of­fi­cial draw­ing for the win­ner of the Thanksgiving din­ner, com­plete with all the trim­mings and dessert, will be on Thurs­day, Nov. 16.

Next year, the group hopes to hold five raf­fles that cor­re­spond with the big­gest holidays — crab feasts for Me­mo­rial Day, Fourth of July and La­bor Day, and hol­i­day meals again for Thanksgiving and Christ­mas.

Sheer said they hope to be able to pur­chase the wheel­chair and de­liver it to a wounded vet­eran by next fall, just in time for hunt­ing sea­son.

Sheer said she has en­listed the help of sev­eral vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tions and men­tal health agen­cies in Tal­bot County to help her se­lect the per­fect can­di­date for the chair.

The cam­paign is set to go on un­til next Oc­to­ber, as the group strives to reach $ 11,000 to $ 13,000 to pur­chase the wheel­chair.

Sheer said if they ex­ceed that num­ber be­fore then, the group will cus­tom­ize the chair with ex­tra add- ons.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Lady Pa­tri­ots of the Eastern Shore or to do­nate to the cause, call Sheer at 410- 7456746.

Sheer said they hope to be able to pur­chase the wheel­chair and de­liver it to a wounded vet­eran by next fall, just in time for hunt­ing sea­son.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mark Grehlinger from Ac­tion Trackchair demon­strates the all-ter­rain wheel­chair to Lady Pa­tri­ots Pres­i­dent Con­nie Sheer dur­ing the 47th an­nual Water­fowl Fes­ti­val.

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