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May 11, 2015 - Crawfish For A Cause


Donan, Hilltop Cleaners and Restoration, and ServPro of SW Mobile invite you to join us for a night of food, entertainment and family fun in honor of a great cause. All proceeds benefit our Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. Tickets cost $20 per person and a cash bar will be available. To order tickets to Crawfish for a Cause, please call (251) 343-0534 or (205) 527-7079.

Crawfish for a Cause — the second annual fundraiser for the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center — has been slated for Thursday, May 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moe’s BBQ in downtown Mobile.

The event is sponsored by Donan, Servpro of Southwest Mobile and Hilltop Cleaners and Restoration – three business that share a common thread because they help individuals and business recover from fire and other disasters.


“One of the specialty things we do is fire and smoke damage clean up,” said Servpro’s Sherri Marlin of the trio of businesses. “At some point we’ve all been involved where one of our customers was injured or suffered smoke inhalation or worse.”

Moreover, they had been looking for a way to give back to the community.

Another business put Marlin in touch with USA Medical Center’s Angela Duffy, then the nurse manager in the Burn Center and now the hospital’s assistant chief nursing officer.

Before long, plans matured for a crawfish boil with live music and an auction. “Overall, we had a blast,” says Marlin — and the event raised more than $3,000 for the Burn Center.

Almost immediately, the teams began planning for this year’s version.

Two music sets will happen at Crawfish for a Cause: "Bayou Rhythm," a band comprised of faculty and researchers from the USA Departments of Neurology, Internal Medicine, Engineering, Math, and Physics, will perform live music, along with USA Medical Center Administrative Projects Coordinator and Manager Josh Hester. Auction items ranging from USA Jaguar football season tickets to a Nick Saban-autographed football to golf and more will be up for grabs, all in the name of supporting Gulf Coast burn victims.

“I’d like to raise $1 million,” Marlin quips, but she’ll be happy to meet or exceed last year’s proceeds.

PouringCrawfish_CrawfishForACause_2014.jpgAny funds donated to the Burn Center are used to buy specialized equipment for patients and to continually stay abreast of latest burn treatments, sending staff to educational programs,” says Duffy.

“We are a very specialized medicine,” Duffy says. There are only about 125 burn units in the U.S. and Canada, so the units have close connections, sharing fresh ideas and new techniques.

Moreover, they share patients when the need arises.  “No one burn unit can take, say 20 large patients at a time — it would overwhelm the staff,” she says.  Even in a disaster, most units can take only about five to eight new patients at a time.  Usually, on any given day, there about 15 burn patients in USA’s Burn Center, about five of whom are in the burn ICU, with another 20 being treated on an outpatient basis. USA’s Burn Center treats patients all along the Gulf Coast.

Crawfish for a Cause is a natural partnership between the sponsoring companies and the Burn Center, Duffy says. “While the Burn Center helps burn patients heal physically and emotionally, Doran, Servpro and Hilltop Cleaners and Restoration take care of their personal possessions, belongings and keepsakes. That’s what these companies restore.”

About the University of South Alabama Medical Center 

The University of South Alabama Medical Center offers patient-centered care to the central Gulf Coast with unique services including Mobile’s only Level I Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center, plus Centers of Excellence in stroke care and cardiovascular diseases, and a wide range of acute care services. 

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