Claws for a Cause to Benefit UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown Gains Sponsors

The Claws for a Cause committee members, from left to right, Mark Freestate, Kathy Clark, Ginny Biondi, Vicki Wood-Dean, Cassie Guy, Mary Alice Vanhoy, Holly Rhodes, Julie McMahan-Thomas, F. Graham Lee, Shelley Bell. Not pictured, Bobbie Cusimano and Amy Lowe.

Sponsors are signing up for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s upcoming “Claws for a Cause” crab feast, proceeds from which will help fund the purchase of new, state of the art telemedicine equipment for UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown. Set for July 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fisherman’s Inn Crab Deck in Grasonville, Claws for a Cause will include all-you-can-eat steamed crabs as well as a buffet of fried chicken, pork barbeque and assorted sides.

Telemedicine technology will enable UM Shore Emergency Center in Queenstown to use telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care from remote sites. This new equipment will eliminate distance barriers to care that patients on Maryland’s Eastern Shore may face and will help save lives in critical care and emergency situations. Staff members at the Queenstown emergency center anticipate that, once it is purchased and installed, the new technology will especially enhance treatment capabilities for behavioral health, vascular and pediatric patients.

“We are on pace to see 15,500 patients this year,” says Mary Alice Vanhoy, manager, UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. “With assistance from the community, our team works to provide the highest quality care and resources to our patients and their families. Telemedicine will provide a needed resource at our emergency center and we are very excited about this new technology as we continue to strive for safe practice and safe care.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the event remain available in six brackets, including: Jumbo Blue Crab Sponsor, $10,000; X-Large Blue Crab Sponsor, $5,000; Large Blue Crab Sponsor, $2,500; Medium Blue Crab Sponsor, $1,000; I Heart Crab Sponsor, $500; and Pier Sign Sponsor, $100.

Sponsors signed on thus far include: X-Large Blue Crab — DiDonato Property Management, Kent Island American Legion – Post #278; Large Blue Crab — CNB / Avon Dixon Insurance, Queenstown Bank, Star Democrat;  Medium Blue Crab — 1880 Bank, Benedict A. Andrew American Legion – Post #296, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Symphony Village Outreach Program, Inc., Tri Gas & Oil Co., Inc.; I Heart Crab — Atlantic Broadband, Hanover Insurance, J.C. Warner Heating, Air Conditioning & Sheetmetal Works, Kent Island Elks – Lodge #2576, Richard C. Graves, CPA, and Associates, LLC, VFW Memorial Post #7464 and Pier Sign – Bay Porches, Inc., Kathy Clark, Colosseum Pizza, Delmarva Power, Home MediService, Inc., F. Graham & Brenda Lee, KRM Construction, Pixel, Print & Post, Queenstown Self Storage, LLC.

For more information on how to become a sponsor, or to register for the crab feast, please visit or contact Amy Lowe at 410-822-1000, ext. 5763 or email