Casino Night Raises $12,000 to Benefit Patient Care in Chestertown

Chestertown team members came out in force to support Casino Night! Shown are Angela Pritzlaff, Shelia Dixon, Kelly Bottomley, Brenda Ewing, Stu Seitz (who served as emcee for the event), List Milton and Mickey Roderick.

Sherrie Hill, who raised $1,000 for Casino Night by selling 50/50 raffle tickets, on stage with Stu Seitz.

UM Chester River Health Foundation’s “Shoot for the Stars” Casino Night fundraiser, held on
November 18 at the Garfield Center for the Arts, netted $12,000 in proceeds to benefit the patients served by University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

“It was a very enjoyable and successful evening made possible by the support of many volunteers and the generous donations of our friends in the community,” says Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director of the Foundation.

Music was provided by “Phil Dutton and the Alligators,”  who entertained the  guests with a variety of lively music from or about Louisiana and New Orleans. A host of celebrity “croupiers” — including hospital staff, community business leaders and government officials — kept the action going at the tables so that guests had the opportunity to win prizes as well as keep themselves entertained. Catering was provided by Occasions Caterers.

Sandy Bjork, Chester River Health Foundation Board member, Carl Gallegos, UM CRHF Board Chair, Linda Burleson and Lisa Milton.



At the close of the evening, guests cashed in their chips. Ken Noble was the high roller for the evening, earning 403,000 in chips, and was awarded a 55” Samsung UHD TV. Other prize winners included the following: Mel Rapelyea, MD, won $500 in the 50/50 raffle; Dan and Donna Saunders won the long weekend in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington; Charles Lerner won the $100 Chesapeake Inn gift certificate; and Christopher Parry, MD won the 20-bottle Divine Wine Basket.


Community physician Michael Peimer, MD (right), and his wife Fran were among the guests at Casino Night.





According to Stu Seitz, director of UM ShoreNursing and Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown and master of ceremonies for “Shoot for the Stars,” the event is an important fundraiser for the Foundation, as well as for people in the community who appreciate the hospital’s reputation for quality care. “We are really grateful for the time, effort and dollars that so many people contributed to this fun and worthwhile occasion,” said Seitz. “The proceeds will help us fund priority needs that enhance our hospital and the care it provide for our patients.”