6th Annual Claws for a Cause to Benefit the UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown


The 2018 Claws for a Claws Committee – front row (L-R): Julie McMahan Thomas and Ginny Biondi; second row (L-R): Cassie Guy and Mary Alice Vanhoy, RN; back row (L-R): Mark Freestate, Amy Lowe, Heather Comegys, event co-chair, Holly Rhodes, event co-chair, Shelley Bell and F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy, UM Shore Regional Health. Not pictured: Janet Andrews, Kathy Clark, Vicki Dean and Lisa Lisle, RN.

Preparations are now in full swing for the sixth annual “Claws for a Cause,” a crab feast fundraiser to benefit equipment needs at University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center

“Claws for a Cause” will be held on Thursday, July 12, 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 the event for a chance to win one of two different prize packages, “Backyard Fun” or “Eastern Shore 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 the Center is provided by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced nurses, radiology technicians and medical technologists.

“The ‘Claws for a Cause’ crab feast has been an important resource in keeping equipment updated at our emergency center,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, Emergency Department, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. “We are thankful for all the community support that helps us improve our patient care”.

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.

This year’s Claws for a Cause sponsors include:

  • Large Blue Crab sponsors — Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC / Shore United Bank, Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, Kent Island American Legion Post 278, Queenstown Bank, The Star Democrat and VFW Memorial Post #7464;
  • Medium Blue Crab sponsors — Benedict A. Andrew American Legion Post #296, Fisherman’s Inn, Inc., Kent Island BPOE Lodge 2576 and Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.;
  • Bushel Basket sponsors — Delmarva Power, Hanover Insurance Group, J.C. Warner HVAC & Sheetmetal Fabrication, Rich C. Graves, CPA, LLC, Ride Entertainment Group, Safe at Home Senior Care and Shore Sports Magazine; and
  • Crab Pot sponsors — American Legion Jeff Davis Post No. 18 – Ladies Auxiliary, Bridges Restaurant, LLC, Eastern Shore Dental, The Edge Arena and WaWa.

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