10th Annual Stad's Crabfrest - Saturday, July 11th, 2015 - Save the Date!

Dear Friends of Stad's Crabfest,


The 10th Annual Stad's Crabfest will be held on Saturday, July 11th! Feel free to check out our website, www.stadscrabfest.org, from time to time for updates and other information.

We are pleased to announce that, for this year's event, our Board has chosen to sponsor The Center for Hope Hospice.  Specifically, Stad’s Crabfest will be making a significant donation directly to The Center for Hope toward the purchase of new medical carts, to meet specific needs in the care of its patients (funds raised in excess of the amount needed to purchase the medical carts will go into our general fund towards the continued fulfillment of our mission).  Consistent with our evolution from a backyard party to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, this year we will be asking you to make a donation directly to Stad’s Crabfest to help us fulfill our mission of raising awareness and enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer.

As many of you are aware, The Center for Hope provides hospice and palliative care to terminally ill patients, as well as emotional support for their families through counseling, at two Union County locations.  However, you might be surprised to learn that The Center for Hope also offers onsite nursing home and offsite home care to the non-terminal as well as a residential assisted living program for medically fragile individuals.  We hope you will join us in July as we support this important local organization.

Although Crabfest is still more than 3 months away, together, we are already fulfilling our mission.  Due to the generosity of several in our Crabfest community who made early donations, Stad's Crabfestrecently made a substantial donation to a local family.  Darren and Stacy Lederman and their two children live in Westfield, and Darren is battling acute myeloid leukemia.  He has undergone multiple treatments and hospitalization and will require a bone marrow transplant.  As medical and other bills are accumulating, we were moved to act now.  For more information or to make a personal donation of your own, please visit the family's fundraising website: www.youcaring.com/search.aspx?keywords=Lederman.

Also, please consider attending the family's bone marrow drive on Sunday, March 29 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the JCC of Central New Jersey, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains.  At the drive, potential donors will provide a sample of cells through a simple and painless Q-tip swab inside the cheek.  The sample will be analyzed and catalogued on the national “Be The Match Registry,” that Darren’s doctors and others can access to search for a compatible donor.  For more information please visit:www.bethematch.org.   

Thank you for your friendship and support.  We look forward to celebrating our 10th year of Crabfestwith you on July 11th!

Best regards,

Stad's Crabfest Inc.

Bill Baton, President

Debbi Judd, Vice President

Frank Korn, Treasurer

Mark Young, Secretary

Nancy Baton, Board Member

Sydney Dickey, Board Member

David Judd, Board Member