For children, come to aid of their party

October 28, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

Janice Rines knows about little miracles.

Last June, Baltimore Resco gave her $800 hours before she would have canceled a bullpen party for 200 underprivileged children.

Today, Mrs. Rines, 33, is hoping for another miracle.

She has organized an adult Halloween party to raise money for the children of the Lawrence G. Paquin schools, a Baltimore middle school and day care center for expectant teen-age mothers.

She has the food: deli platters, beer, soda, cookies and cake. She's got the decorations: streamers, pumpkins, corn stalks, and colored leaves. She's got the right price: $10 for a night of food and dance. She even has "Needlejuice," the spookiest DJ in town.

Now all she needs is the people.

Only about 50 people have bought their tickets to tomorrow's dance, which is planned for 250 partygoers and will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight at Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 3834 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie. Participants can dress up and win door prizes for their costumes.

"I think there must be an awful lot of procrastinators out there, I don't know," said Mrs. Rines, president of the J. Rines Foundation. "We put over 100 fliers out and we really put our hearts into this. I sure don't want to let any of those kids down."

Mrs. Rines said she and Joan Tuznik, 59, who is on the board of directors, have been planning the dance for months. But they are still short of their goal of $3,100.

The money from the ticket sales will buy outfits, complete with shoes and socks, and a Christmas present for each of the 31 children. All of the food, drinks and services have been donated. "We have no administrative costs in our organization," Mrs. Rines said.

"I find that we have been very blessed to find someone in the private sector who's interested in our kids," said Claudette Edgerton-Swain, early childhood instructor at the Paquin school.

Anyone interested in helping the foundation or attending the party should call 761-4131.

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