UPPERCO — About 500 skaters whirled around the Sportsman's Hall Skating Rink, showing their support for 9-year-old leukemia patient, Jennifer Zile.
The evening, dedicated to raising money for Jennifer's medical bills, raised $2,376 in admission and skate rental fees at the party Monday night, said Nadine McCoy, organizer of the event.
Another $50 was collected in buckets by the concession stand, shesaid.
Fees were donated by Harry Morfoot, owner of the skating rink.
"He ate the cost of electricity to run the place," McCoy said."The only money he kept was at the snack bar to pay his employees."
Forty-one door prizes were donated by North Carroll area businesses, and students from North Carroll High performed as clowns and mimes, she said.
Jennifer's favorite song, "Unchained Melody," while each member of the family was introduced, McCoy said. Then participantswere invited to join the Ziles on the floor.
"That's been our theme song for her from the very beginning," McCoy said. "We play that at every fund-raiser."
Time was also set aside for Jennifer to thank the participants for their love and support, she said.
Zile, a student at Manchester Elementary, had a transplant Dec. 14 with bone marrow donated by her 5-year-old brother, Ian.
The cost of operation came to $250,000, not counting the home care, chemotherapy and other medical expenses, said McCoy.
"The bills are still coming in," she said.
Contributions may be sent to the Jennifer Zile Leukemia Fund, c/o Westminster Bank and Trust, 2965C Manchester Road, Manchester, Md. 21102.
ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO THE CARROLL COUNTY SUN - ALGERINA PERNA
CAPTION: Jennifer Zile, 9, who is suffering from leukemia, keeps her balance during a skating fund-raiser at the Sportsman's Hall Skating Rink in Upperco.
FLOHRVILLE SIGNS TO RETURN
FLOHRVILLE -- After two years of absence, signs marking the community of 500 people off of Route 32 will again announce Flohrville's existence.
Neighbors protested the signs' removal and chose Bud Flohr as their spokesman. The community was named in the early 1900s for his great-grandfather, Jeremiah Flohr.
The elder Flohr settled the area, Bud Flohr said, adding that he wants the signs replaced for historical reasons. The area is now marked with "Piney Run" signs.
Discussions with County Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Donald I. Dell and Sen. Larry Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, have received promises from the State Highway Administration that the signs will return in the next few months.
Gene Straub, assistant district engineer of the SHA, said the "Piney Run" signs were placed as part of a stream-signing program. The removal of the Flohrville signs was inadvertent, he said.