Claws for a Cause Nets $36,463 to Benefit UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown

Claws for a Cause Committee (from left to right) Mary Alice Vanhoy, Kathy Clark, Amy Lowe, Cassie Guy, Heather Comegys, co-chair, Holly Rhodes, co-chair, Ginny Biondi, Julie McMahan-Thomas, Vicki Wood-Dean and Lisa Lisle (not pictured – Mark Freestate, UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and Foundation staff Janet Andrews, Shelley Bell and F. Graham Lee.)

The Claws for a Cause crab feast, held at the Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville on July 12, net $36,463 to benefit the University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. The proceeds will go towards purchasing two ceiling mounted patient safety lifts to help transfer patients who need assistance within the emergency center.

“We are very appreciative of everyone coming out and doing their part in supporting our community emergency center in Queenstown,” says Holly Rhodes, co-chair of the Claws for a Cause committee. “The funds raised through this year’s event will help improve patient care with the purchase of ceiling-mounted patient safety lifts for those who have difficulties moving from one area to another.”

Presented by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation, Claws for a Cause included all-you-can-eat steamed crabs as well as a buffet of fried chicken, pork barbeque and assorted sides. Along with crabs and buffet, guests participated in two raffles.

“On behalf of Memorial Hospital Foundation, I want to thank the hard-working committee, co-chaired by Holly Rhodes and Heather Comegys, and volunteers who did a great job making this event so successful and fun,” says F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy. “We sold 185 tickets for the crab feast, which shows how much the community supports Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the excellent care provided by the Center staff. We are excited to start planning another Claws for a Cause next year and we hope to see everyone there.”