Daffodils bloom brightly for cancer fund-raiser SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Tayllorsville * Winfield


February 12, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Fran Conaway is surrounded by flowers 365 days of the year, but the Taylorsville artisan is inundated by thousands of soon-to-blossom daffodils each March.

Mrs. Conaway, who operates "Flowers by Fran" -- a silk flower and craft shop -- from her home near Mount Airy, is chairwoman of Carroll County's 1993 Daffodil Days fund-raiser. This is the sixth year that she has chaired the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Last year, the event raised $25,135 for the Carroll County chapter of the American Cancer Society -- the largest profit in the local fund-raiser's 13-year history, said Mrs. Conaway. The amount represented more than 8,050 bunches -- more than 80,500 daffodils -- distributed by Mrs. Conaway and her army of dedicated volunteers.

"It's amazing how it has gone up over the years," said Mrs. Conaway, noting that the success of last year's fund-raiser was unexpected considering the economy. "I think it was because there are so many volunteers out there."

Churches, businesses, organizations and "lots and lots of individuals" help to make the fund-raiser an annual success, said Mrs. Conaway. "All National Honor Societies in Carroll County's five high schools help us with this project."

Mrs. Conaway, a cancer survivor, is the coordinator of the Reach-to-Recovery Program in Carroll County and a member of the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. She is an active member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the auxiliaries of the Winfield Fire Department and Carroll County General Hospital. Mrs. Conaway and her husband, Charles, have two children and five grandchildren.

The Daffodil Days fund-raisers are important to Mrs. Conaway because cancer has affected both sides of her family.

"I feel the research that has been done over the years has been beneficial to everyone," she said. "My desire is that there will be a time we can prevent and cure it."

A large percentage of the Daffodil Days' profits help provide services to area cancer patients, said Mrs. Conaway. In addition to the Reach-to-Recovery program and other periodic programs

offered locally, services include free equipment and supplies, and transportation assistance.

Daffodil orders are being taken through Feb. 24 by Mrs. Conaway and many Carroll volunteers. A $4 donation garners a bunch of 10 daffodils in bud that will burst into a beautiful golden yellow bouquet when placed in water. Several bunches make a gorgeous table decoration.

The freshly cut daffodils will arrive for distribution on March 18 and 19. Mrs. Conaway said extra flowers will be ordered for street sales in March, probably in the Westminster area.

Information: Mrs. Conaway, 875-2252, or for daffodil orders, 795-4462, 239-3702 or 635-2408.


Adult Bingo fans will have a Valentine's Day to remember if they attend the Bonanza Bingo event Sunday at American Legion Post 191, 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

The doors open at noon for a roast beef feast prepared by the Legion Auxiliary, to be served at 12:45 p.m.

Bingo, featuring a variety of prizes and 32 paper games of various types, begins at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $25 each, which includes dinner plus coffee and iced tea all day. The price also includes a pack of nine cards on 20 regular games, six cards on five special games and three cards on the jackpot games. Extra cards will be available. Tickets will be sold at the door for $30 each.

All proceeds will benefit the programs of Post 191.

Information or advance tickets: Dick Baker, (410) 795-6444, or William Chaney, (310) 829-2311.


Congratulations to Jody Lynn Grime, a Linganore High School senior who won the Buddy Poppy Queen Contest sponsored by Mount Airy's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10076.

Jody, daughter of Helene and John Grimes of Monrovia, received $200 as the top winner in the contest.

Kate Widmayer and Laura Hylton, also Linganore High students, finished second and third.


Twin Ridge Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association has announced a variety of children's educational programs slated for February and March.

On Feb. 18, "Kinder Man" will be presented at 9 a.m., to be followed by the "Black Hall of Fame" at 10 a.m. On Feb. 22, "Kids on the Block" will present a program on personal safety to third-graders.

The "Messengers of Faith" have tentatively been scheduled for Feb. 26 to present a musical program to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in conjunction with Black History Month.

Miss Maryland will travel to Twin Ridge Elementary March 2 or March 9 to present substance abuse programs at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. to kindergartners through fifth-graders.

Howard Benson, publicity chairman, says the dedication of the new school has tentatively been scheduled for April 29 in the school cafetorium. The PTA needs volunteers to help with this adults-only event.

Information: Jane O'Connor, (301) 831-7080.

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