Residents show their love for Lana Hammond
CHESTER — Queen Anne’s County residents turned out in large numbers Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, for the benefit of former Kent Island Yacht Club bartender Lana Hammond of Grasonville. Over the past two years, Hammond had a blood circulation problem in her lower left leg. Eventually, her lower leg, just below the knee, had to be amputated. Since that time, Hammond, faced with a lengthy recovery, has been unemployed and bills have been mounting.
“Family takes care of family,” said KI Yacht Club Commodore Walt Crouse. “Lana is part of our Yacht club family here.” Crouse indicated that the Yacht club was trying to raise funds to help Lana pay off her car loan and help with mortgage payments.
Crouse and former Queen Anne’s County Economic Development Manager Suzi Ford, who has been retired for 11 years and now lives half of the year in Florida, were the main organizers of the benefit.
Ford said Saturday, “I love living where we are in Florida, but there’s no place like Queen Anne’s County! The turnout for this event today far surpassed our expectations. Queen Anne’s County people supporting each other in times of need. It just doesn’t get any better!”
When asked how she felt about all those who turned out to support her, Hammond replied, “I never imagined that this many people loved and cared about me.”
She was all smiles.
Benefit organizers Suzi Ford, left, and KI Yacht Club Commodore Walt Crouse, right, stand with former bartender Lana Hammond, who had to have her lower left leg amputated due a circulation problem.