Previewing the Flavors of the 2019 Autumn Wine Tasting Event

Food vendors at CRMC's Autumn Wine Tasting smiling at their booth

Every year, Southern Maryland’s finest makes their way to the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse to raise a glass to good health in their community. The reason why they’re all gathered there is the Annual Autumn Wine Tasting, which benefits the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation.

While this event’s name reflects the primary focus of the evening — wine tastings — one aspect not to be overlooked is the delicious food provided by some of the area’s favorite restaurateurs, cafes, and shops. And this year’s is no exception.

Here’s a look at just some of what guests can expect at the 22nd Annual Autumn Wine Tasting taking place on September 7. We’ll have others, but for now, here is a sneak peek at a few:

Charles Street Bakery Logo

Located in the heart of La Plata, Charles Street Bakery has been a purveyor of baked goods since 2002. This year, they’ll be sharing a delicious array of desserts with everyone attending the Autumn Wine Tasting.

The Greene Turtle Logo

The Greene Turtle has long been a local happy hour spot and for good reason. Its plentiful selection of beer and tasty eats is hard to turn down. They’ll bring a little bit of that flavor with them as they join us and serve crab dip with Bavarian pretzels as well as buffalo chicken nachos.

Hancock Family Farms Logo

If you live in Southern Maryland, you’d be hard-pressed to find better meat than what you can get from Hancock Family Farms. Don’t believe us? Just look at what everyone else has to say about them. Be prepared to sample their cheeseburger sliders.

The Charles Logo

There’s no question that Casey Jones Restaurant was an iconic La Plata landmark. Fortunately, The Charles has done their best to carry that legacy forward in that same location. If you haven’t checked out their delicious brunch, lunch, or dinner offerings yet, you’re in for a treat because they’ll have some of those items ready to try at the Autumn Wine Tasting.

Apple Spice Junction Logo

Over 30 years ago, Apple Spice Junction started as a small deli and bakery. Today, it’s grown to nearly 50 stores, including one right here in La Plata. They’ll be sharing a few of their menu items that’s made Apple Spice a go-to lunch spot for so many, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Michelle's Cakes Logo

One look at Michelle’s Cakes’ Instagram profile and you’ll know that this local bakery is special. This family-run business turns the process of making delicious cakes and desserts into an art form. Our sweet tooth is already craving the cupcakes, dessert bars, dessert cups, and cookies they’ll be sharing with our guests.

Swan Point Logo

Swan Point Yacht & Country Club is so much more than just a place to play golf. One of our favorite parts of this country club is its dining options for catered events or just a meal at The Point Grill. Be sure to find their event tent to sample their Louisiana shrimp and s’mores mousse.

Pizza Hotline Logo

You know who to call when you’re craving pizza or other Italian favorites. Pizza Hotline is one of La Plata’s favorite places to grab a slice (or a few), and we’re excited to announce that they’re bringing their delicious lasagna for guests to sample.

Secure Your Tickets for the Autumn Wine Tasting

Time is running out to purchase tickets to the 22nd Annual Autumn Wine Tasting. If you don’t want to miss out on any of this delicious food, wine offerings, or famed silent auction items, visit our website to buy your tickets now or call (301) 609-4132 to learn more.

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What You Need to Know About the 2019 Autumn Wine Tasting

Photo of group of people at CRMC’s autumn wine tasting in 2018

We hope you’re as excited as we are for the 22nd annual Autumn Wine Tasting. Southern Maryland’s favorite event is the place to be this September, and we’re giving you a sneak preview of everything you need to know for this year’s event: 

Date, Time, and Location

This year’s event will once again take place on the grounds of the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse on Saturday, September 7th.

This historic venue provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of food, wine, and fundraising for a great cause.

The event goes from 6pm-10pm. From there, it’s not uncommon to see many of the attendees relocate to local bars and restaurants to keep the festivities going.

What to Expect at the Event

Guests will enjoy samplings of more than 30 wines, specialty beverages, an open bar, and more than a dozen cuisine stations hosted by area restaurants. Guests will also have access to a cigar lounge as well as a silent auction that features a wide variety of unique memorabilia, collectibles, and experiences, courtesy of our sponsors and generous donors.

Ticket Options

Tickets for the Autumn Wine Tasting are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the CRMC Foundation website or by calling (301) 609-4132. As always, tickets must be purchased in advance, and you must be 21 or older to attend.

Three ticket levels are being offered, so you can select the experience that suits you best. Purchase by August 26th to save on general admission tickets with early bird pricing!

VIP Tickets – $150

  • 1-hour early access (5 p.m.) to the venue, including food and beverage samplings
  • On-site parking
  • Commemorative 80th Anniversary wine glass
  • Complimentary wine samples
  • Gourmet food station tastings

General Admission – $90 (Through 8/26/19)

  • General admittance (6 p.m.) to the venue
  • Free parking at the Charles County Government Building
  • Complimentary motorcoach to and from the event
  • Commemorative 80th Anniversary wine glass
  • Complimentary wine samples
  • Gourmet food station tastings

Designated Driver Ticket – $45

  • General admittance (6 p.m.) to the venue
  • Free parking at the Charles County Government Building
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from the event
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • Gourmet food station tastings

Proceeds from this year’s event will help equip our nursing units, fund improvements for our imaging and surgical services and help bridge the gap and reduce barriers to care through health initiatives for our expanding community.

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In the Event of Inclement Weather…

This is a rain-or-shine event; however, in the event of rain or inclement weather, be sure to check our Facebook page for real-time updates and recommendations.

Parking and Transportation

General admission parking will be at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD), and complimentary round-trip motorcoach service, courtesy of Keller Transportation, will be provided beginning at 5:45 p.m. Event tickets must be provided to BOARD the motorcoach.

VIP ticket holders can access on-site parking as an added benefit of their ticket purchase. 

Donate an Item or Become a Sponsor

Want to make a difference in your community while promoting your business or organization? You can donate an item for our silent auction or become a sponsor of the event by contacting Tricia Holcomb at 301-609-4319 or tricia.holcomb@umm.edu. Additional information about sponsorship levels is also available on the CRMC Foundation website.

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Don’t Miss Southern Maryland’s Premier Women’s Golf Tournament This June

2019 Southern Maryland Women's Golf Invitational Image

When it comes to golf courses in Southern Maryland, none are better than Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. And when it comes to annual golf events, there’s only one that is exclusively for women. We hope you’ll join us at both this June.

Date, Time and Location

The 2019 Southern Maryland Women’s Golf Invitational will take place on Wednesday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Issue, Maryland. Click here for directions to the course.

Event Details and Registration Information

Registrations are just $100 per person and can be purchased individually or as a foursome on our website. You can also use our printable registration form that can be mailed to the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation Office.

For questions or to reserve your spot over the phone, please call (301) 609-4132.

Here’s everything we have planned for attendees:
  • Pre-tournament continental breakfast and putting contest
  • 18 holes of golf on the region’s premier course
  • Fun, interactive contests held throughout the day
  • Complimentary lunch and beverages on the course
  • Post-golf reception with awards for contest winners and top three teams

As always, proceeds from this great annual event benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation and its mission of making our community a better, healthier place to live.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to get your business involved? This event provides fantastic opportunities for businesses and organizations to get exposure in front of a fun, energetic group of women — all in support of a great cause!

To learn more about sponsorship options available, visit our website or print out the sponsorship form today.

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All the Details for Southern Maryland’s Favorite Annual Golf Tournament

2019 CRMC Golf Classic

Spring is here and the region’s favorite annual golf tournament is right around the corner. We hope you’ll join us for a fun day out on the links, all in support of a great cause.

Time and Location

The 2019 Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, May 16, from 9am-5pm at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club. This beautiful 18-hole course is a true Southern Maryland gem and one of the region’s premier courses.

Early Bird Registration

Right now, you can save $25 per person when you purchase individual spots or a foursome at CRMCfoundation.org or by sending in a printable registration form. Early bird pricing only lasts through April 30, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Proceeds directly benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s mission to help make Southern Maryland a healthier, better place to live.

What’s Included?

The main golf tournament is just part of what makes this event fun, and we’ve got plenty of extras planned for attendees:

  • Pre-tournament continental breakfast and putting contest
  • 18 holes of golf
  • Complimentary lunch, beer, and beverages on the course
  • Post-golf reception with awards for contest winners and top three teams

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The CRMC Foundation’s annual Golf Classic provides an exceptional opportunity for businesses of any size to get additional exposure among a local audience. We offer a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities — from branded golfer gifts to naming rights on the beverage cart — so be sure to check out CRMCfoundation.org or download the printable sponsorship form for more information.

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Financial Planning Resources and Events You Should Know About

Financial Planning Blog | Piggy Bank Image

Thinking more about retirement or estate planning? The CRMC Foundation is proud to offer a variety of online and in-person resources to help members of our community better understand and prepare for retirement. Here are three resources you can explore:

CRMC Foundation Gift Planning  Website

No matter what step you are on with your financial planning journey, CRMCFoundationLegacy.org is a great place to start. As the official planned giving site of the hospital’s foundation, this is where you’ll find countless resources to help you better understand estate planning options.

The site is filled with timely financial articles in the News section. In addition, you can find helpful tools such as planned giving calculators and informative content on topics such as creating a will or living trust. If you need any guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the CRMC Foundation.

If you’re ready to take the next step in planning your estate, request the CRMC Foundation’s free estate planning guide here. We also invite you to sign up for the free e-newsletter to receive the latest news and updates directly to your inbox.

Event: Retirement Through the Ages

Wednesday, February 13 | 5-7pm | Charles Regional Medical Center

40 years ago, retirement was a joint venture between government social security benefits, an employer’s pension plan and the savings of the worker. Today, the success of your retirement dreams is squarely on your shoulders.

Although the end goal of retirement may be the same regardless of your current age, the path changes along the journey towards that goal of retirement. And if you’re not sure what that journey looks like for you, join financial advisors Joyce Cool and Rob Ramos here at the hospital to get a better understanding of what’s ahead — from your very first paycheck to the last paycheck you receive.

This seminar is free and open to the public. RSVPs are preferred. Click here to learn more and to RSVP now.

Event: Estate Planning — What You Don’t Know Can Cost You!

Wednesday, June 12 | 5-7pm | Charles Regional Medical Center

Everyone wants to leave a legacy of positive impact for their family and in their community, but have you considered how estate planning fits into that legacy?

Join Attorney Robert M. Burke to learn more about the finer details of passing down wealth. He’ll go beyond just the tax implications and cover such topics as using trusts to protect assets and how giving to loved ones or charity can be an important part of passing along accumulated wealth.

This seminar is also free and open to the public. RSVPs are preferred and can be made by visiting the official event page on our website.

As always, stay tuned to our Facebook page and our event calendar on our website for the latest information about these events, resources, and future updates from the CRMC Foundation.

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Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Annual Celebration Gala Slated for March 23

Celebration Gala Photo

Start thinking about what you’re going to wear, and save the date because tickets for Southern Maryland’s favorite black-tie affair are on sale now.

Join us to celebrate the hospital’s 80th anniversary at the gala, on Saturday, March 23, at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club in Issue, MD.

We’re proud to offer three ticket options so you can choose your own experiences. Be one of our VIPs and start the night off with a delicious chef-inspired dinner, or join us later for food stations, open bar, dancing and so much more. No matter which reservation you choose, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Take a look below to see what each reservation option offers, and purchase your tickets today. Don’t wait — our VIP reservations are available in limited quantities and early bird pricing on all ticket levels ends March 1.

VIP Dinner Reservations (Limited Quantities Available)

$175 each through March 1 ($200 thereafter)

  • Early Admittance (6pm Entry)
  • Chef-Inspired Dinner
  • Open Bar
  • Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Fun and Festivities Until Midnight
Gala Reservations

$125 each through March 1 ($150 thereafter)

  • General Admittance (8pm Entry)
  • Open Bar
  • Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Fun and Festivities Until Midnight
Late Night Reservations

$75 each through March 1 ($100 thereafter)

  • Evening Admittance (9:30pm Entry)
  • Open Bar
  • Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts
  • Fun and Festivities Until Midnight

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As always, this event’s proceeds directly benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation and its mission to make Southern Maryland a healthier, better place to live.

Getting Your Business Involved

Celebration Gala is an ideal opportunity for businesses to show their support for a great cause and maximize exposure to our audience leading up to and during this event. Visit our website to learn more about the sponsorship levels offered at this year’s event, or simply call the Foundation office at (301) 609-4132 today for more information.Become a Sponsor

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6 Stories of Healing and Hope Honored with the 2018 Christmas Tree of Life

Tree of Life 2018 Event Photo

Every year, the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation hosts the Tree of Life Illumination Ceremony to signal the start of the holiday season.

On December 5 in our hospital’s courtyard, this annual event was dedicated to all those who’ve had a positive impact on our lives. The names and stories honored at this event turn this symbol of the holiday season into a symbol of hope and healing in our community.

There are so many stories of love and remembrance that can be told from this year’s event. Each name that was hung from a tree in our healing garden represents a personal connection with someone who lives or lived in your community. We invite you to stop by our hospital this holiday season to enjoy the holiday lights in the healing garden.

Tree of Life Healing Garden Photo

In the meantime, we wanted to share the special stories of those who helped our tree shine brightly into the night on December 5. These are the stories of our Tree of Life illuminators and a few other community members.

The Family and Friends of Dr. Guillermo E. Sanchez

Dr. Guillermo E. Sanchez Photo

Before his passing in 2018, Dr. Guillermo Sanchez served as the Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Board Member of UM Charles Regional Medical Center. But beyond his titles, Dr. Sanchez was an asset to the health of our community and touched countless lives as an orthopedic surgeon.

We were so humbled to have the family Dr. Sanchez join us at the illumination ceremony and dedicate their light in his memory on this year’s tree.

Quint Burroughs

Quint Burroughs Photo

Earlier this year, University of Maryland student and Charles County resident Quint Burroughs came to UM Charles Regional Medical Center following hospitalization for a head injury and low sodium levels. He is still working towards a full recovery, but he and his family take comfort in knowing that they had somewhere to go nearby to get him the care he needed.

“His treatment was very personable,” Quint’s mother said. “Everyone knew what was going on and was trying to comfort him.”

We were so happy to see Quint at this year’s illumination ceremony and wish him the absolute best as he recovers from his injury.

The Bean Family

Bean Family Photo

After suffering from his first seizure earlier this year, Kimberly Bean’s son, Xavier, was transported to UM Charles Regional Medical Center for testing and treatment. Awaiting the results from his tests, Xavier suffered from another seizure and returned to the hospital. At that time, our Dr. Houston was able to determine that he was showing signs of epilepsy.

“From the moment we arrived at UM CRMC, the doctors, nurses, and medical staff treated Xavier and our family with the utmost care,” Kimberly said. “Because of his persistence, Dr. Houston was able to obtain the information needed to make the decision to prescribe an anti-seizure medication for Xavier.”

Kimberly joined us as one of our illuminators in honor of Dr. Houston and her son, and we wish the entire Bean family well as Xavier continues his treatment for seizures.

Greg Cockerham

Greg Cockerham Photo

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Greg Cockerham and his family have been receiving care from our hospital since the days we were known as Physicians Memorial Hospital. From same-day surgery and trips to the ER to physical rehabilitation and wound healing, Greg and his family have had experiences with nearly every branch of UM Charles Regional.

“I have a great, longstanding relationship with the hospital,” Greg said. “It’s an amazing local hospital and has been for some time. They really value the relationship with their patients.”

We were so excited to welcome Greg to our illumination ceremony and look forward to a continued relationship with him and his family.

Dutch Williams

Dutch Williams Photo

After having his kegel muscles removed to treat his prostate cancer, Dutch Williams found himself in need of assistance to restore his physical strength. He reached out to Sara Hall, DPT, at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation, who was more than willing to assist in his care.

Dutch’s treatment required an exercise program that he continues to this day as well as regular exams to ensure his muscles are responding appropriately. He has experienced continued improvements as a result of his muscle treatment but credits the informative approach Sara has taken throughout the process.

“It was a wonderful experience that helped me immensely,” he said. “I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Dutch’s story, like so many of our patients’ stories, is one of renewed hope after a life-changing experience, and we were so happy to be able to honor it at the illumination ceremony.

Bobby Stahl

Robert Stahl Photo

Town of La Plata Director of Operations Bobby Stahl came into our ER in August with a pain in his side, and further examination resulted in the removal of his appendix. Following the removal, his pathology results came in showing a cancerous tumor.

Because of the UM Charles Regional’s connection to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Bobby was confidently referred to a doctor who could treat him. He returned to work just days after his surgery and is staying well leading up to his procedure in December.

“The care that I got was exceptional,” Bobby said. “I really felt like they were looking out for my care and, in every situation, they made sure that I was comfortable and addressed my needs. Having the resources of the entire University of Maryland Medical System has been extremely important.”

This Year’s Cause

We, along with the entire Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation team, would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s Tree of Life.

As a result of your generosity, more than $4,000 was raised for the upcoming Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health in La Plata. Once it opens in 2019, this new practice will add to our existing range of services and help us further our mission to making Southern Maryland a healthier, better place to call home.

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Honor a Loved One and Give the Gift of Good Health to Your Community with the Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Every year, the UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s Tree of Life is lit in honor of those who’ve touched our lives in incredible ways. And we need your help to ensure this year’s tree shines as brightly as ever.

From now until December 5, we invite you to make a gift in recognition or in memory of someone who’s had a positive impact on your life, and we’ll add a light to our Tree of Life. There are three different ways you can give this year:

  • Light Donation: $15
  • Healing Garden Luminary Donation: $50
  • Angel Perpetual Light Donation: $100 (A One-Time Gift)

All gifts must be received by Wednesday, November 21, to be included in the commemorative program.

This Year’s Cause

The Tree of Life has always been such an important event to us because it’s an opportunity to celebrate those who mean so much to us while we give the gift of good health to our community.

Proceeds from this year’s event will directly support the planning and construction of the new Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health in La Plata, MD. Once completed, this state-of-the-art practice will serve as the region’s home for a broad range of breast health services and breast cancer treatments.

Giving Your Gift Online

You can make your gift is by visiting the official event page on CRMCfoundation.org/TreeOfLife. Making your donation on our site is fast, easy and secure!

Giving Your Gift by Mail or Fax

You can also make your gift by mail with a check or credit card by downloading the registration form and mailing it to:

CRMC Foundation
P.O. Box 1701
La Plata, MD 20646

Alternatively, you can fax your completed form to the Foundation office at (301) 609-4470.

Illumination Ceremony

We invite you to join us on the grounds of the hospital on Wednesday, December 5, at 5:30 p.m. for the Tree of Life illumination ceremony. Watch as we light up the night in celebration of fellowship and our community, and stay for a dessert reception and holiday music afterward.

Have questions? Please contact the Foundation office at (301) 609-4132, and be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcements regarding special guest illuminators!

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No Insurance? No Problem. Get Your Free Flu Shot in Southern Maryland.

Free Flu Immunization Clinics in Southern Maryland

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the annual influenza vaccination for everyone who is six months and older. And, as we’ve noted on our blog previously, now is the ideal time to get your flu shot.

For many with insurance, a quick trip to a nearby pharmacy or primary care provider is all it will take to get a free or low-cost flu shot this year. But if you’re facing economic hardship and are worried about being able to afford seasonal flu vaccination for you or your family, you’re not alone — and you’re not without help.

This year, the Charles County Department of Health is once again hosting a handful of free flu immunization clinics right here in Southern Maryland. These clinics are free-of-charge for adults and children alike and are being offered throughout November and December. Here’s a look at the upcoming clinics:

Thursday, November 1 | 3:00-7:00pm
Piccowaxen Middle School — 12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664

Saturday, November 3 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Charles County Department of Health — 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20664

Thursday, November 8 | 4:00-7:00pm
Smallwood Middle School — 4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20646

Tuesday, November 13 | 3:00-7:00pm
Thomas Stone High School — 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20695

Thursday, December 13 | 3:00-7:00pm
Charles County Department of Health — 4545 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20695

For more information about these clinics and other services offered by the Charles County Department of Health, visit CharlesCountyHealth.org or call (301) 609-6900.

Everyday Ways to Prevent Spreading the Flu

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but it’s not a guaranteed way to prevent getting sick or spreading the illness. Here are some everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of flu this fall and winter:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs are easily spread this way
  • Do your best to avoid contact with sick people
  • If you’re sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible
  • If you’re dealing with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs

For additional information and tips for how you can protect yourself and your family from the flu this year, visit the CDC’s website.

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Get Ready for Our 24th Annual Crab Feast in Newburg, MD

CRMC Foundation Crab Feast This October

If the idea of all-you-can-eat crabs makes you hungry, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 24th Annual Crab Feast.

It all takes place at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg, MD, from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18. Join us to enjoy your favorite seafood platter or the ever-popular crab feast as you take in the waterfront views and support a worthy cause. While you’re there, be sure to try your luck in the 50/50 raffle or indulge your sweet tooth at the bake sale!

Tickets are on sale now and start at $35 per person for fried oyster baskets and stuffed ham platters and $55 per person for all-you-can-eat crabs. Children’s tickets are still just $8 each. We’re excited to announce that we have some new menu items for this year’s event, too!

The full menu and pricing details are available on the CRMC Foundation website or by calling (301) 609-4132.

Don’t wait to get your tickets — prices increase on October 1!Purchase Tickets

As always, proceeds from the event benefit the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation. This year, funds will directly support the planning and construction of the new Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health in La Plata, MD.

If you’re looking to make an even bigger impact, our Crab Feast sponsorships provide a great way to promote good health in your community and your business or organization. You can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation at (301) 609-4319 or Holly.Gonzalez@umm.edu, or by visiting our website through the button below.

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Thank you for helping make Southern Maryland a healthier place to live, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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