GRMC Departments sponsor benefits for local animal shelters and Cindy’s Fund

GRMC Departments sponsor benefits for local animal shelters and Cindy’s Fund


During the holiday season, GRMC’s emergency and lab departments led employee-sponsored initiatives to benefit Cindy’s Fund, Garrett County Animal Shelter and Hart for Animals.

Jacqui Spencer, GRMC Lab Section Supervisor helped lead the animal shelter supply drive.  The lab team collected several boxes of much-needed shelter supplies for pets awaiting adoption.

“We have a lot of animal lovers in this department and many of our patients that come to the lab often talk about their pets at home,” Jacqui explained.  “This inspired us to sponsor a pet supply drive during the holiday season that will help local animal shelters in our community.”

GRMC’s lab department sponsored an animal shelter supply drive for both the Garrett County Animal Shelter and Hart for Animals.  An entity of Garrett County government, the Oakland-based Garrett County Animal Shelter works to find animals permanent homes via both adoptions and animal rescues.  Hart for Animals, based in McHenry, operates an animal shelter and works to rescue animals through rescue and transport, rehabilitation and adoption.

Members of GRMC’s lab team delivered shelter supplies to Hart for Animals and Garrett County Animal Shelter.


Members of GRMC’s Emergency Department, Cheryl Hinebaugh, RN, and Darcie Ashby, emergency room technician, led a gift basket raffle benefit for Cindy’s Fund.  Approximately 18 different departments and groups within the hospital sponsored themed baskets.  Some of the themes for the baskets focused on baking supplies, board games, candy, coffee, pasta and spa items.


Cindy’s Fund is a Garrett County-based nonprofit with the mission to aid Garrett County citizens diagnosed with cancer.  The organization is dedicated to promoting early detection screening and aiding individuals in need during cancer treatment with financial support for transportation, hotel stays and nutritional supplies.  Many patients of GRMC’s James and Shirley Bailey Regional Cancer Center benefit from the support provided by Cindy’s Fund.


“Cheri and I have both had family members diagnosed with cancer who have benefitted from Cindy’s Fund,” said Darcie. “It is such a wonderful organization that does so much for people who are stricken with this terrible disease. They have done so much for us and we wanted to give back.”

Both Darcie and Cheryl’s hard work paid off with the help of many GRMC teammates and community members, who purchased raffle tickets for the baskets.  Approximately 400 raffle tickets were sold that raised a grand total of $4,000 for Cindy’s Fund.   Members of Loar Auxiliary also played a vital role in the project by helping sell raffle tickets at the hospital’s gift shop.


The pet supply drive and the gift basket benefit were employee-sponsored initiatives that took place with the support of GRMC’s Employee Engagement Council.   The Employee Engagement Council is part of GRMC’s shared governance management model, where staff members provide ideas, expertise and feedback for various hospital programs, policies and procedures.