Orange faces, green hair and gold medalists Therapy center plans lighthearted fund-raiser

September 11, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

A local social service agency is counting on green-haired pygmies with orange faces to help it raise money.

The Oompa Loompa Lympics, named for the exotic workers in the 1971 children's movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," is attracting participants for the Sept. 21 event who will take part in zany games to raise money for the Harundale Youth and Family Service in Glen Burnie.

The nonprofit center, which has been providing adolescent and family counseling for 25 years, operates on a $200,000 annual budget.

Its four full-time counselors and four part-time counselors work with about 150 families that pay on a sliding scale, depending on their finances, said Adel O'Rourke, executive director of the center.

Last year, the first Lympics raised $5,000 for the center, which helped pay for a part-time counselor's salary.

This year, "the registrations are coming in fast and furious," said O'Rourke.

The waiting list for therapy at the center is usually three months, and O'Rourke hopes to top last year's event so another full-time counselor can be added to the staff.

Other needs at the center include a new copy machine, books for a library and art supplies for clients in art therapy, she said.

At the Lympics, eight eight-member teams will compete against each other, with money raised through pledges and sponsorships.

The first event is a gimme: Arriving On Time. The second event is a Team Cheer, followed by the Wacky Wobstacle Course, the Baggy Britches Relay and three others.

Team names are the Charlie Horses, Doom Padee Doos, Wonka Warriors, Snagwagglers, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Wang Doodlers, Slugworths and Educated Eggidicators.

The action also includes a live auction, a silent auction and a blind auction. Food and beverages will be sold.

Elizabeth Hewitt, a counselor at the center who participated last year, said, "It was a blast. It was so much fun. It's competitive and it's all done in fun."

Her father, Charles Hewitt, president of a communications company in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va., has put on other fund-raisers and decided to provide advice and additional contacts for the center.

"It's just really a lot of fun and it helps a great cause," said Charles Hewitt.

"It's just a good opportunity to help an organization that helps young people and families," he said.

The fund-raiser will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Long Point Hall in Pasadena. Information: 768-1110.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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