Claws for a cause

Chamber crab feed benefits nonprofit groups

August 04, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • Several Community Free Clinic employees were present Saturday for the Chamber of Commerce Krab & Karaoke event at Hager Hall. Left to right are Bruce Brooks, Mike Jordan, Jomya Daley, and Barbara Leatherman.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce raised money Saturday with an Old Line State delicacy.

“Nothing says Maryland in the summer time like good crabs, cold beer, a little bit of music and good friends,” chamber President Brien J. Poffenberger said.

Part of the proceeds of the event, called Krab and Karaoke, went to the Community Free Clinic of Washington County and Children In Need.

Tickets for the fundraiser, held at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown, cost $50 apiece.

Poffenberger said about 225 people bought tickets.

Corn on the cob, fried chicken, hot dogs, steamers, assorted side dishes and drinks also were on the menu.

During the meal, some diners got on stage, singing “It’s Raining Men,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and other karaoke favorites.

Poffenberger said the chamber has held the event several times to help local nonprofit organizations.

Community Free Clinic provides medical care to people without insurance.

Children In Need gives clothing, school supplies and other items to children whose families can’t afford them.

To share in the proceeds of the event, the groups had to share in the work.

Each had to sell at least 50 tickets. Community Free Clinic sold 57, and Children In Need sold 52.

Both organizations had volunteers working at the event, selling tip jars and 50/50 raffle chances.

Adam Roberson, Community Free Clinic’s program director, said the financial support helps because the organization doesn’t get state or federal money.

“It opens our doors for more patients,” Executive Director Robin Roberson said.

Money from Krab and Karaoke will help Children In Need provide shoes, underwear and school supplies.

“Whatever it take for them to stay in school and not be teased,” Executive Director Anne Martin said.

Martin said she is the only employee her organization has.

“I have the best volunteers in the world,” she said.

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