Women's club consignment sale to benefit child abuse prevention CENTRAL * Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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September 13, 1993|By CINDY PARR

A good cause is something that each one of us defines based on our experience and what we as individuals feel is worthy of our time or charitable dollars.

Surely, we have all been asked by representatives from needy charities and organizations to contribute to their cause.

We often say yes, pulling out our checkbooks and giving what we can.

As we hand over the money, we sometimes wonder where it will go and how it will be used. Will it really help someone?

This Friday, those charitable dollars can serve a dual purpose.

The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster Inc. will be sponsoring a Kids' Consignment sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church on Washington Road in Westminster.

Good quality children's school and dress clothing for all seasons, baby equipment, toys, games and outdoor play equipment are some of the items available to shoppers at a reduced rate.

The sale proceeds will be divided so that consignors receive 60 percent of the sale prices and 40 percent will go to Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.

Robin Kable, who's in charge of the sale, said that many of the club's fund-raising efforts benefit many of the human services programs.

The money raised from this sale will go specifically to aid the prevention of child abuse in Carroll County.

"We like to keep the money local and for good causes here in Carroll County, especially those causes that involve women and children," Mrs. Kable said. "We [club members] felt that child abuse was a worthy cause. Since we are all women with children, we are able to relate."

Reported incidents of physical and sexual child abuse and neglect have been increasing in Carroll County.

The Carroll County Department of Social Services reported that 30 referrals citing the suspected abuse of a child were made to their office in July 1990.

This number almost tripled in July 1993, when 86 calls were received.

Julie Kaufman, a supervisor with the County's Department of Social Services said numerous factors have led to the increase in abuse cases throughout Carroll.

"Probably the most significant factor has been a change in the sophistication level in the county," Ms.Kaufman said. "There is an increase in drug abuse and the availability of drugs -- especially cocaine and crack, both of which [can] cause an increase in violent behavior. This can lead to the neglect and physical abuse of children."

An estimated 90 percent of the cases investigated by the Carroll County Department of Social Services are addiction-related, Ms. Kaufman said.

"Our cases cross the lines of economic bounds, but when you start to deal with lower economic groups, there are addictions, depression and other compounding issues that build," she Kaufman said.

Responding to the statistics, Mrs.Kable said, "We are hoping that the money will be used to help with prevention. We would like to catch the abuse before it takes place. The club is planning to make this [consignment sale] an annual fund-raiser where we can contribute to other needy causes in the County."

For individuals interested in consigning or for more information, call 857-1047.

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A few weeks from now, on Oct. 2, the award-winning Chorus of the Chesapeake will take the stage at Westminster High School to raise money for the Carroll Transit System.

The 100-plus member chorus will be the evening's featured attraction. The fund-raiser also will include musical selections from Westminster's Old Line Statesmen and the barbershop sounds of Quartet Resound and Catch 22.

Linda Boyer, Carroll Transit's executive director, said proceeds from the concert will be used to pay expenses not covered by the company's contracted services.

"We are a company that supplies transportation to the physically and mentally ill, the elderly, frail and handicapped population of Carroll County," Ms. Boyer said. "We are a private, nonprofit [operation], so our money comes from contracts we have with various county agencies. These contracts only cover the cost of transportation.

"The fund raising is important because we need an allowance for office equipment and administrative costs that are not covered in these contracts."

The concert will begin at 7:45 p.m. The cost will be $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students.

For ticket information, call 876-7433.

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