Claws for a Cause Raises $41,041 to Benefit UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown

Claws for a Cause committee members and other volunteers line up in front of Fisherman’s Crab Deck before the crab feast, (from left) Sheldon Turner, Theresa Bosworth, Lisa Lisle, Julie McMahan-Thomas, Holly Rhodes, co-chair Ginny Biondi, Mary Alice Vanhoy, Kathy Clark, and Mark Freestate. Not present for the photo were Bobbie Cusimano, Vicki Wood-Dean and co-chair Cassie Guy.

The Claws for a Cause crab feast, held at the Fisherman’s Crab Deck in Grasonville on July 14, raised $41,041 to benefit the University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown. The proceeds will go towards purchasing state of the art telemedicine equipment that will enable the emergency center to use telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care from remote sites.

“We are very appreciative of everyone coming out and doing their part in supporting our community emergency center in Queenstown,” says Cassie Guy, co-chair of the Claws for a Cause committee. “This equipment will help eliminate distance barriers on the Eastern Shore and enhance treatment capabilities for mental 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.”

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.  One raffle theme was a backyard BBQ raffle, which included a gas grill, custom corn hole boards, and a Yeti ‘Roadie’ cooler; the other was an outdoor living raffle including several golf packages, walking and boating tours of Annapolis, 100 targets for four people at The Point at Pintail, and a brunch at Annie’s.

“On behalf of Memorial Hospital Foundation, I want to thank the hard-working committee and volunteers who did a great job making this event so successful,” says F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy. “We sold more than 190 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.”