Maryland fundraiser honors former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

March 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Maureen McCarry

Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry inspired a fundraiser in the Washington, D.C., area to generate dollars to alleviate a debilitating disease — and Issaquah residents can donate, too.

The Art Gallery of Potomac, in Potomac, Md., is hosting a monthlong fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis programs research. McCarry resigned from the Issaquah City Council in December 2a010, as symptoms from the neurological disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressed.

The fundraiser near the other Washington benefits The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter, a regional branch of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the disease. The artists showcasing pieces in the fundraiser pledged to donate a portion of proceeds to the regional chapter.

The fundraiser runs through March 31.

How to help

Donate to the ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter at http://webdc.alsa.org/site/Calendar/106655833?view=Detail&id=151322. Browse artist Betsy Kimball Baden’s jewelry at www.flickr.com/photos/alsjewelrybenefit.

The featured artists include Betsy Kimball Baden, McCarry’s best friend and a frequent visitor to Issaquah since McCarry received the diagnosis. Baden plans to donate all proceeds from the fundraiser to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis programs research.

Baden uses crystals, semiprecious stones and sterling silver to create jewelry pieces.

The fundraiser enables the regional chapter to purchase assistive technology devices for patients, in addition to funding social worker visits, a medical equipment loan closet, and transportation and respite care grants.

Baden traveled to Issaquah in November as elected officials and neighbors renamed a forest in McCarry’s Squak Mountain neighborhood McCarry Woods. The former councilwoman led the push to preserve the land from development.

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