Breakfast, Good Will Served

NEIGHBORS

December 13, 1993|By CINDY PARR

This is the season when thoughtful deeds seem to flourish along with joy and good will toward men.

One prime example was the recent showing of support for 7-year-old Finksburg resident Gavin Jennings, who was seriously injured in a farming accident more than two months ago.

A benefit breakfast for Gavin was held Dec. 4 at the Reese fire hall to raise funds for his medical expenses.

Dean Douglas, a friend of the Jennings family, organized the breakfast.

Thanks to Mr. Douglas, numerous family and friends of Jim and Ruth Jennings and an extremely supportive community, the breakfast was a huge success.

"We fed 1,065 people at the breakfast," Mr. Douglas said. "It was just a tremendous response. People came out from all over."

Mr. Douglas said the breakfast began at 5 a.m. with people waiting at the doors of the upstairs social room of the fire hall.

"There were lines of people, but we kept them moving through," Mr. Douglas said.

"We had no one with any real food service experience. There were about 20 family and friends helping out in the kitchen and about 10 kids who were out in the hall cleaning up the tables," he said.

All who attended were treated to a full breakfast that included eggs, home fries, sausage, juice and coffee.

Much of the food was either donated or sold to Mr. Douglas at a minimal cost by local businesses.

"Going over the numbers was really something," Mr. Douglas said. "We went through 240 pounds of sausage, 68 gallons of orange juice, 3,000 eggs and over 200 pounds of potatoes."

In addition to the breakfast, the PTA at Sandymount Elementary School, where Gavin is a second-grader, sponsored a bake table that sold more than $700 in homemade goods.

"I have never seen anything like this," said Donna Cross, hospitality chairwoman for the PTA.

"It was unbelievable. There were a lot of people from outside the Sandymount community that brought things for the bake table. This whole event was just a tremendous success. Something like this really restores your faith in human beings."

Mr. Douglas said the proceeds from the bake sale and the breakfast were given to the Jennings family last week. The family did not want to disclose the amount raised by the event.

"I was on cloud nine over the response. Words just cannot describe how I feel," Mr. Douglas said. "I know that the family was really elated. They would really like to thank the community for their support."

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If you haven't attended the Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market, this weekend will be your last opportunity.

Saturday will mark the end of the season for the market, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Center in Westminster.

A variety of handmade crafts, seasonal produce, meats, eggs, decorations and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Information: 848-7748.

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Also Saturday, parents of children participating in the Extended Elementary Enrichment Program at Robert Moton Elementary will sponsor a bake sale beginning at 9 a.m. in front of Wal-Mart in Westminster.

All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the children in the program.

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The December coffeehouse sponsored by the Carroll County Arts Council will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Frisco Family Pub in Westminster.

Sounds of the season will be highlighted. Featured musicians will include Rob Miller, Peggy Moran and Chuck Mooshian.

Admission is $5. The price includes snack items and nonalcoholic beverages.

Information: 848-7272.

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The Winchester Country Inn will have its Christmas open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The former home of Westminster founder William Winchester will be adorned in its holiday finery.

The public is invited to see the 18th-century home, which is off Center Street in Westminster.

Admission is free.

Information: 876-7373.

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