Heart Fund Teleparty gets under way next week


November 03, 1995|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TELEPHONES in Mount Airy soon will be ringing up contributions for the American Heart Association during a local fund-raiser with a personal touch organized by Vernon "Ray" Simpson.

Mr. Simpson, who represents the town of Mount Airy on the Carroll County board of the American Heart Association, reports that a two-evening Heart Fund Teleparty will be held locally for the first time next week.

On Tuesday, Betty Ifert and her colleagues at the Town Office will call friends and associates from their Main Street office to garner donations. On Wednesday, Gail Costello and friends will place their fund-raising calls from Grimes and Associates Realty in Twin Arch Shopping Center.

Both Grimes and the Town Office are donating the use of their telephones for the event, Mr. Simpson said.

On both days, callers will meet at their posts at 5:30 p.m. to get organized and enjoy food donated by Megan's Bakery of Mount Airy. Calls are scheduled to be made from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mr. Simpson set a tentative goal of $3,000 for the fund-raiser with plans to hold similar events in the future. "We'll see how it goes," he said.

Although next week will mark Mount Airy's first "teleparty," the events have been successful fund-raisers for some time, said area director Stacie Siekierski. With no expenses, the teleparty is 100 percent profit for the American Heart Association.

Mr. Simpson, a retired Damascus High School assistant principal who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, said he was glad for the opportunity to help the heart association. He said that his wife, Helen, had volunteered with the association for many years.

His parents had been affected by heart-related illnesses and his son David had a heart attack in his early 30s.

As a representative on the Carroll County board, Mr. Simpson will attend regular board meetings, promote fund-raisers and let "people know about the good things the American Heart Association does," he said.

Information: (410) 526-2905.

Centenarian dies

Olive Irene Mount, Mount Airy's celebrated centenarian, died Oct. 27.

Miss Mount leaves many friends and a legacy of dedicated service to children. She was a teacher who taught for 42 years at Mount Airy Elementary School.

Miss Mount was born and raised in Mount Airy and lived nearly 99 years in the home her father built on Hill Street. She was the daughter of the late Albert N. and Bertha C. Fish Mount. She had moved to Sunrise Retirement Home in Frederick where she celebrated her 100th birthday March 9.

Services were held Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy, where she had been a longtime member. Miss Mount will be greatly missed.

Fire company dinner

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company will have its second fall turkey, ham and oyster dinner beginning at noon Sunday at the Firemen's Activity Building at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

The dinner begins at noon and will cost $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and younger. Children younger than 5 eat for free and carryout dinners are 50 cents extra.

Church plans dinner

Platters that will be heaped with fried chicken, roast beef and ham and served to dinner patrons Nov. 11 will help raise dollars for Salem United Methodist Church in Winfield.

The annual church fund-raising dinner will begin at noon at Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26), Winfield. The family-style feast will feature a baked goods table and will cost $8 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Carryouts will cost $9 each.

Information: 848-9672.

Mission takes donations

Did you know that Frederick Rescue Mission invites area residents to help the homeless by recycling items at its %o "Rescued Treasures" clothing and furniture stores?

Less fortunate families benefit from donations of furniture, appliances, housewares, clothing and more that are either given to them or sold at low prices.

Profits from the retail stores help support the shelters and rehabilitation programs of the mission, which is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian rescue mission in Frederick.

Receipts are given for tax deductible contributions. Information: (301) 695-6633.

Sutphin says goodbye

This has been an eventful year in my life.

After years of starts and stops, I graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in public policy and administration May 24.

I became a grandmother Oct. 12 when my granddaughter, Kennedy Lynne Bahlow, was born.

On Wednesday, I began a full-time position at UMBC in the biological sciences department.

And after 10 years of writing community news, I have decided a full-time job and a family demand all of my attention. This will be my final column for The Sun.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the many people who have made writing a weekly column a rewarding endeavor. Thank you.

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