Trauma Gala


April 25, 1999|By Sloane Brown

Medevac helicopters landed on the Towson University campus recently, but their purpose wasn't to help save someone's life. The emergency-medical personnel who work on them were among those honored at the 19th annual University of Maryland Shock Trauma Gala, held at the Towson Center.

The soiree highlighted two trauma cases from last year, with everyone who worked on each case receiving a "Hero" award. Helping present those awards was 20-year-old Shelly Roush, who was rescued after she fell 70 feet while rock climbing in Washington County.

Among the 1,200 folks in attendance: John Ashworth, Shock Trauma Center director; Dr. Mort Rapoport, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System; Francis X. Kelly, Shock Trauma Center board chair; Ted Herget, board member; Greg Devou, Marny Needle, Ami S. Taubenfeld and Clay Stamp, event co-chairs; Irving McPhail, chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County; Bill Fine, president and general manager of WBAL-TV; and Cassandra Chase, Greg Ward and William Beard, three of the honored heroes.

The gala raised $300,000 for Shock Trauma and emergency medical services programs throughout Maryland.

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