7th Annual Claws for a Cause Set for July 11


The 2019 Claws for a Claws Committee: seated – Chris Clough, Heather Comegys and Holly Rhodes; standing – Mark Freestate, Cassie Guy, J.W. Willey, Mary Alice Vanhoy, Lisa Lisle and Graham Lee. Not shown: Kathy Clark and Staci Ostrowski .

Preparations are now under way for the seventh annual “Claws for a Cause,” a crab feast to benefit University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

This year’s Claws for a Cause is set for Thursday, July 12 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, priced at $10 each, will offer the chance to win one of two different prize packages, “Backyard Fun” or “Eastern Shore Living”.

Since its opening in 2010, more than 130,000 patients have been treated for acute illnesses, injuries and trauma at the Queenstown emergency center, which is staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians, experienced nurses, radiology technicians, medical technologists and security personnel.

“The Claws for a Cause crab feast has become a wonderful tradition in this community, bringing people out to have a great evening in support of our emergency center and the quality care we provide,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, Emergency Department, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. “Over the years, the event has raised funds that have enabled us to purchase state of the art diagnostic technology and to make needed equipment upgrades. Proceeds from this year’s Claws event will help us upgrade our security technology to maximize the safety of our patients, their attending loved ones and staff.”

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 signed up to date for the “Claws for a Cause” event include:

  • Extra Large Blue Crab Sponsor – IRONMAN Maryland
  • Large Blue Crab Sponsor – Best Care Ambulance, Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians and Queenstown Bank of Maryland;
  • Medium Blue Crab Sponsors – Benedict A. Andrew American Legion – Post 296, Fisherman’s Inn, K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons, Kent Island Elks – Lodge 2576, Ride Entertainment, Shore United Bank and Tri-Gas & Oil Co., Inc; and,
  • Bushel Basket Sponsors – 1880 Bank, ChoiceOne Urgent Care, Delmarva Power – an Exelon Company, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, Graul’s Market, Hanover Insurance Group, J.C. Warner, Kelly Distributors, Peter and Diane Pappas, and Willow Construction.

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, 410-822-1000, ext. 5763. alowe@umm.edu.