5th Annual Claws for a Cause to Benefit the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown


Preparations are currently in full swing for the fifth annual “Claws for a Cause,” a crab feast to benefit equipment and technology needs at University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

The “Claws for a Cause” event will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville.  Tickets are $90 in advance or $100 at the door and include all-you-can-eat steamed crabs as well as a buffet of fried chicken, pork barbeque and assorted sides. Raffle tickets will also be available for $10 at this year’s “Claws for a Cause” for chance to win one of three different prize packages including a “Backyard Barbeque”, “An Evening Out” and “Outdoor Living”.

Open since October, 2010, the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown sees over 15,000 patients a year and provides care to members of the community in need of treatment for acute illnesses, injuries and trauma. Medical treatment at UM SEC at Queenstown is provided by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced nurses, radiology technicians and medical technologists.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:  Jumbo Blue Crab, $10,000; Extra Large Blue Crab, $5000; Large Blue Crab, $2500; Medium Blue Crab, $1000; Bushel Basket, $500 and Crab Pot, $150.

Sponsors for the “Claws for a Cause” event include Large Blue Crab sponsors –Avon Dixon Insurance / Shore United Bank, Queenstown Bank of MD, The Star Democrat; Medium Blue Crab Sponsors–1880 Bank, Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post #296, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.; Bushel Basket sponsors –Atlantic Broadband, Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, J.C. Warner Heating, Air Conditioning & Sheetmetal Works, Ride Entertainment; and Crab Pot sponsors — American Legion Jeff Davis Post No. 18 – Ladies Auxiliary, Ed Bennett & Kathy Clark, Eastern Shore Dental Care, Fisherman’s Inn, Graham & Brenda Lee, Pixel Print & Post, R & D Electric, The Peoples Bank.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, or to register for the crab feast, please visit http://ummhospfoundation.org/upcoming-events/ or contact Amy Lowe at 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or email alowe@umm.edu.

The Claws for a Cause committee members, from left to right, Heather Comegys, Holly Rhodes, Amy Lowe, Mark Freestate, Ginny Biondi, Julie McMahan Thomas, Cassie Guy, F. Graham Lee, Vicki Wood Dean, Kathy Clark and Shelley Bell.