10K Walk to aid Mount Airy residents

NEIGHBORS

June 03, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Mount Airy NET is encouraging local residents to love their neighbors with their "hearts and soles" by hitting the sidewalks on Sunday afternoon to participate in the Second Annual NET 10K Walk.

The event is a fund-raiser for Mount Airy NET, an ecumenical organization dedicated to helping local people.

The walk will begin and end at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 705 Ridge Ave. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. Participants may register until 2:30 p.m. and may walk the marked, six-mile route at their own pace.

A post-walk celebration, which will feature a free light lunch, will await walkers at the end of their trek, said event organizer Meg Morris. A ham has been donated for the meal by Wagners' Mount Airy Meat Locker.

Mrs. Morris, a member of the Mount Airy NET board of directors, said participants are being encouraged to turn in all pledge sheets and pledges on the day of the event. Pledge sheets are available at the Mount Airy Senior Center or by calling Mount Airy NET at (301) 829-0472. All checks should be made payable to Mount Airy NET Inc.

Last year, the first NET 10K Walk garnered $1,700 for the new organization's coffers. Organizers are hoping to raise even more money this year.

The walk nearly coincides with the first anniversary of the nonprofit agency, which was organized to involve area clubs, civic groups, various levels of government, volunteers and churches to provide food, clothing, shelter and other day-to-day essentials to less fortunate persons in the community.

From June 1993 to April 1994, approximately $3,800 worth of assistance was distributed to nearly 100 clients, according to figures from Mount Airy NET Director Gail Costello. The majority of requests have been for fuel oil and electric bill assistance, and help with pharmacy bills for prescription medicines, she said.

Those totals do not include nonperishable food distributed from the Mount Airy NET food pantry.

"We average 10 to 15 bags of food each month that we give out to folks," said Mrs. Costello. "The food pantry is stocked with donations from the community."

The Mount Airy NET 10K Walk is the "major fund-raiser sponsored by the board of directors," said Mrs. Costello. A Jazzercize-a-thon and a Mount Airy Rotary Club Softball Tournament, co-sponsored by other organizations last year, also were important fund-raisers for Mount Airy NET.

"We're hoping to repeat both of these this fall," Mrs. Costello said.

A silent auction is also being planned as a fall fund-raiser.

From Monrovia to Winfield, area churches are supporting the work of Mount Airy NET.

"We're being heavily supported by eight or nine churches in the community," said Mrs. Costello.

Mount Airy NET is housed at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St. The office has been open from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Mrs. Costello said the office will be open on an "on-call" basis during the summer because there is less demand for assistance then.

Mrs. Morris said Mount Airy NET also is "always looking for volunteers."

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Carnival season begins in Mount Airy on Monday evening with the opening of the 1994 Mount Airy Lions Carnival for six days of fun and fund-raising at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, June 11. Rides will be provided by Rosedale Attractions and Shows Inc. of Baltimore. Patrons may ride all night for an $8 fee on Tuesday and Thursday, and $2 discount coupons for the ride-all-nights are available locally.

Dollars raised during the annual carnivals represent the local Lions Club's major source of funding, said President Jay Fulmer.

"None of the money is kept for the Lions to [spend] on ourselves. It's all raised for charitable causes."

He said the entertainment roster includes "South Forty" on Monday, "Classic Oldies" on Tuesday, "On The Border" on Wednesday, "Caballero" on Thursday, "Branded" on Friday and "Young Guns" on Saturday.

Visitors also are urged to note the young faces among the corps of Lions' carnival volunteers. Mr. Disinger said members of the service club were pleased to receive calls from students at South Carroll and Linganore High Schools who were looking for opportunities to earn community service hours toward their graduation requirements.

Anyone interested in helping with the carnival should call 829-LION.

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