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Pink Polar Bear Golf Tournament Raises Money for Leh Women’s Center at UM SMC at Chestertown

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Participants in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament gather July 26 at Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown

Participants in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament gather July 26 at Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown

Seventy-six members and guests of Chester River Yacht & Country Club in Chestertown participated in the fourth annual Pink Polar Bear golf tournament on July 26, raising more than $2,200 to benefit the Eleanor & Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

Event co-chairs Gwinn Derricott and Jane Hukill, both volunteers at UM SMC at Chestertown, applaud the event’s continued growth in support of Leh Women’s Center.

“We call it the Pink Polar Bear tournament because medical experts explained to us that finding breast cancer can be like trying to find a polar bear in a blizzard,” Hukill says. “The availability of leading-edge, life-saving technologies offered at Leh Women’s Center is a great asset to our community, and we’re pleased to help support it.”

Leh Women’s Center, which opened in October 2013, offers mammography, bone density and body mass index evaluation services, and was the first facility on the Delmarva Peninsula to offer 3-D digital mammography with tomosynthesis, which can find breast cancer at the earliest-possible stage. Last year, the Center performed 2,686 mammograms.

“Our participants say this is the most fun tournament in which they play — we’ve come a long way from a small group of lady golfers a few years ago to include teams of men and women of all ages,” Derricott says. “We’re looking forward to many more tournaments.”

First-Ever Charity Bed Race Rolls Out September 20 in Chestertown

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Bed Post Derby logoChester River Health Foundation will launch the first-ever Bed Post Derby, a bed race on High Street in downtown Chestertown, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. The event, the first of its kind in the region, will raise funds to support the purchase of new bedroom furniture and other capital needs for UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.

Bed race teams will consist of five people: a rider, who must remain on the bed during the race, and four runners. Teams must make their own themed bed and are encouraged to wear similar-themed attire. Following true soapbox derby rules, no mechanical power or braking systems are allowed.

The race’s participation fee is $125 per team; registration in advance is preferred.

In addition to the race, a family pajama party will begin at noon in Fountain Park, featuring food and beverages for sale, entertainment, children’s activities and more. A $5 donation per person is requested for the pajama party.

A number of prizes will be awarded participants:

  • An inscribed, perpetual “Golden Bed Pan Award” will be presented to the team raising the most money (much like the Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500).
  • The “Short Sheet Award” will be presented to the team with the best race time; winners will be draped and crowned with robes and night caps by the judges.
  • The “Murphy Bed Award” will be presented to the team showing the most promise for next year.

Other prizes will include crowd’s choice of best costumes, most creative team theme, individual fundraiser, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about the event or to request an advanced registration form, contact Deb Lauser, development coordinator, UM Chester River Health Foundation, at 410-810-5661 or email to dlauser@umm.edu.

Chester River Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, works to raise funds to benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. UM Chester River Health Foundation is an affiliate of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

“Shoot for the Stars” Casino Night to Benefit New Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Unit

Last year's Shoot for the Stars "High Roller" was John Spry.  He and Julia Bainbridge used their "winnings" to partially pay for a cruise to Bermuda.  Pictured are John and Julia aboard the cruise ship.

Last year’s Shoot for the Stars “High Roller” was John Spry. He and Julia Bainbridge used their “winnings” to partially pay for a cruise to Bermuda. Pictured are John and Julia aboard the cruise ship.

The UM Chester River Health Foundation will host “Shoot for the Stars,” a casino night fundraiser to benefit UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, on Saturday, April 12 from 7-11:00 p.m. at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown.  This Las Vegas-themed, adults-only event will virtually transport guests to the city of Las Vegas, where they will enjoy a variety of casino-style games including craps, roulette, Caribbean Stud, Three-Card Poker and blackjack.  Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar will be enjoyed by guests, all while dancing to the golden oldies of “Daddy O,” local attorney Dan Saunders.  50/50 tickets will also be available.

Upon arrival guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and $25,000 in chips to use in the various casino games, which will be open from 7-10:15 p.m.  Additional chips will be available for purchase.  At the close of the evening, chips will be cashed in for chances to win incredible prizes including a one week vacation at the Grand Mayan Resort in Mexico; a 20-bottle basket of wine; Orioles tickets; and a long-weekend’s stay in Washington, D.C.  Additional chances will also be available for purchase.  Prizes will be awarded at 11:00 p.m.

Located in Chestertown, UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, the beneficiary of the “Shoot for the Stars” event, has been providing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services to the local community for more than 40 years.  The organization offers services to people in need of nursing and rehabilitative care after a hospital stay associated with an acute illness or injury; respite care services; hospice services; and traditional long term care.

“We are very fortunate to have such a high quality nursing and rehab center in our local community,” commented Stewart R. Seitz, director of the center.  “The quality and dedication of our staff are equal to the best I’ve seen in my career.  By supporting our ‘Shoot for the Stars’ Casino Night, participants and sponsors will help fund a new Alzheimer’s and memory care unit.”

Tickets are available in advance for $125 per person, which includes a $75 donation.  Guests are encouraged to dress in cocktail attire.  For further information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve tickets and a chance to “Shoot for the Stars,” please call Joanna Pierce at (410) 810-5681. UM Shore Regional Health employees can participate and/or sponsor via payroll deduction.

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary Makes Donation to Leh Women’s Center

CRHF BoardThe Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently made a financial contribution to the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation for the Eleanor and Ethel Leh Women’s Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.  This donation brings the Auxiliary’s total contribution to $185,572, to fund the Women’s Center. To date, $1,017,305 has been donated by the community for the Women’s Center, including the bequest of the Leh sisters, for whom the Center is named.  Pictured are (back row, from left to right) Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Jack Edson, immediate past president, Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary; and UM Chester River Health Foundation Board members: Sharon Somers; Doug Camp; Barrie Frazier-Meima; Ray Long; Bill Noll, chairperson-elect; (front row) John Murray; Margie Elsberg, chairperson; Myra Butler; Jane Hukill; Peggy Bagley; and Mary Burton, secretary.  Not available at the time of the photo were Board members Jim Barton, Jason Fellows, Carl Gallegos and Charles Lerner.

University of Maryland Chester River Home Care & Hospice Kicks Off 26th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign

Commemorative votives may be purchased in honor of or in memory of someone special.  Names of those honored will be displayed in downtown Chestertown throughout the holiday season.

Commemorative votives may be purchased in honor of or in memory of someone special. Names of those honored will be displayed in downtown Chestertown throughout the holiday season.

University of Maryland Chester River Home Care & Hospice is kicking off its 26th Annual Tree of Lights campaign.

This holiday tradition enables members of the community to honor or remember special family members and friends through the purchase of votives which will be illuminated at the annual tree lighting event to be held on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m., at Emmanuel Church in Chestertown. 

Votives can be purchased from the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation for $10 each.  Names of those honored will be displayed in downtown Chestertown throughout the holiday season. The display is updated twice weekly to reflect all donations made throughout the campaign.  All proceeds from the Tree of Lights campaign will benefit hospice services provided by UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice on the Upper Shore. 

“The Tree of Lights celebration has become a holiday tradition here in Chestertown,” comments Cindy Bach, OT, Director, UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice.  “This event allows people in our community to pay tribute to those special family members, friends and loved ones who they hold most dear, all while supporting the care and compassion that our home care and hospice staff provides our patients each and every day throughout the year.”

Bach continues, “By honoring those loved ones with whom you have shared the most cherished moments of your life, you are helping to fund hospice services that will assist patients and their families during some of the most challenging moments of their lives.”

For additional information about the 26th Annual Tree of Lights or to purchase commemorative votives, contact the UM Chester River Health Foundation at 410-810-5660.  Purchases can also be made by visiting www.chesterriverhealth.org.

University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Douglas E. Camp

Douglas E. Camp

The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation recently welcomed Douglas E. Camp to its Board of Directors.  Camp, a resident of Chesapeake City in Cecil County, has more than 25 years of experience in the financial arena and is proprietor of The Investor’s Friend, LLC in Galena where he serves as a financial planner and advisor. He is an active member and past president of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce, having spent the past seven years working with the Board of Directors; member and past president of the Sassafras River Business Council; member of the American College of Financial Planners; and a volunteer with the Galena Dogwood Festival.    

“I am truly enjoying the experience of working with the Chester River Health Foundation,” says Mr. Camp.  “I am looking forward to continuing the legacy of quality healthcare in KentCounty as the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown embarks upon its affiliation with Shore Regional Health.”

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, works to raise funds to benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice, and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown.  UM Chester River Health Foundation is an affiliate of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

For further information about the ways you can support the UM Chester River Health Foundation, contact Maryann Ruehrmund, CFRE, Executive Director at (410) 810-5660.

University of Maryland Chester River Home Care & Hospice to Hold Annual “Chester River Crab Chase”

Winners from last year’s “Chester River Crab Chase” posed after the 5K Run/Walk with the crab mascot from the Kent County Community Marching Band.

Winners from last year’s “Chester River Crab Chase” posed after the 5K Run/Walk with the crab mascot from the Kent County Community Marching Band.

University of Maryland Chester River Home Care & Hospice, a member of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, is hosting its second annual “Chester River Crab Chase,” a 5K Run/Walk and an all-you-can-eat crab feast, on Saturday, September 28 in Wilmer Park in Chestertown.  All of the proceeds from the Crab Chase will help fund the local community hospice services it provides in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties.

The 5K Run/Walk, which is also a Team Tri-Sports Ultimate Challenge event, is designed for people of all ages and athletic levels.  The registration fee for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 if registered before September 21 and $25 thereafter; this includes a souvenir shirt and access to a “pamper station” at the conclusion of the race. Registration is free for the Kiddie K, designed for children 10 years old and under.  On the day of the “Chester River Crab Chase,” registration for the 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8am with the race beginning at 9am.  Prizes will be awarded for the teams/individuals raising the most funds to benefit UM Chester River Home Care & Hospice.

Following the athletic portion of the event, there will be an all-you-can-eat crab feast from 11am until 3:30pm, also held at Wilmer Park.  The crab feast is open to participants from the 5K Run/Walk as well as all members of the community. The feast will include crabs, barbecued chicken, corn, coleslaw, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.  Beer will be available for purchase.  Crab feast tickets are available for $35 per person; $10 per child aged 10 and under.  Entertainment at the event will be provided by DJ Price.  Children’s activities will also be available including corn hole, a moon bounce and crafts.   

For additional information about the “Chester River Crab Chase” or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation at 410-810-5661 or by e-mail at foundation@chesterriverhealth.org.  To pre-register online for the 5K Run/Walk, visit www.chesterriverhealth.org.  Tickets for the crab feast can also be purchased online.