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Hurricane Irma can’t stop CraZy LadyZ! Fundraiser

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 14, 2017
Almost 80 travelers did not let Hurricane Irma impact their fundraising trip plans when they left for Punta Cana on Monday morning. The group pose for a photo during their pre-party at M.R. Ducks and on the Duckaneer Pirate Ship, Sept. 7.

(Sept. 15, 2017) Almost 80 travelers did not let Hurricane Irma impact their fundraising trip plans when they left for Punta Cana on Monday morning.

The eighth annual CraZy LadyZ! trip raises money for the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation this year with a one-week stay at the Seacrets all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.

“The past week has been a roller coaster because a lot of the island is devastated,” said Jan Patterson, who plans the annual trips along with her business partner, Louise Reardon. “We have been teetering for over a week and trying to watch this storm. We are ecstatic and everyone was rocking and wanted to go [on the trip] at the pre-party.”

The group met for a pre-party at M.R. Ducks with drinks and appetizers in addition to a ride on the Duckaneer Pirate Ship on Sept. 7.

“Before the trip we have a pre-party every year,” Patterson said. “At the restaurant it was looking pretty grim and [last Friday] we got the green light. We have almost 80 travelers and a couple of brave men.”

Everyone met at the CraZy LadyZ! store in West Ocean City on Monday morning to take a bus to Philadelphia and fly out to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

“Many friends, friendships and memories are fostered on these awesome trips,” Patterson said.

Each traveler must donate $50 minimum to the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, which Travel By Design and CraZy LadyZ! businesses will match.

“We chose the Foundation because of the growth and development they are undergoing in continuing to support our growing local community,” Patterson said.

About two weeks after the travelers return, all money raised during the trip will be presented to the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation during a post-party. Each year, between $6,000 and $8,000 is raised, Patterson said.

“We make sure all money raised stays on the Eastern Shore,” Patterson said.

Besides the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, funds have been donated to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Women Supporting Women, Coastal Hospice and Worcester G.O.L.D.

Trip destinations are announced in February, which is when travelers can start signing up. The trip, which takes place in September each year, must be paid in full by July.

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