Auction fund-raiser April 12 seeks $13,000 to buy chairlift


March 28, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH THE purchase of a $13,000 chairlift as its goal, a group of friends has organized an auction to benefit the Derek Taylor Trust Fund.

Community organizations, businesses and residents have gotten together and donated everything needed to make the fund-raiser successful, including food, desserts, services, and items to be auctioned.

The auction will be at 6 p.m. April 12 at Mount Airy Elementary School, 405 S. Main St.

Derek Taylor is a 1996 South Carroll High School graduate, who was severely injured in a diving accident in August while working a summer job as a lifeguard. Derek broke his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down after plunging headfirst into a pool.

An addition to the Taylor home that will provide a wheelchair-accessible bedroom, living area and bathroom is nearing completion. To finish the project, a chairlift is required to help Derek from the garage to the living area.

Organizers Ann Ballard and Lori Lewis are pleased by the outpouring of generosity. Auction donations arrive daily.

An all-you-can-eat Italian dinner buffet, donated by Frank Illiano, owner of J & P Pizza and Subs, will begin the evening's festivities. Derek's church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will provide homemade desserts.

Among the auction donations are sports memorabilia, a new tennis racket valued at $200, an heirloom handmade christening outfit, free tuition for student driving lessons at Cook Driving Academy, a weekend getaway at the Turning Point Inn near Frederick, a one-month membership at Health Unlimited in Mount Airy, and 40 pounds of beef from Wagner Brothers.

Mount Airy Middle School Jazz Band will provide music. Derek's brother, Chad Taylor, is a band member.

Mount Airy resident Bruce Witte is donating his services as auction caller. Wife Diane Witte will be clerk for the event.

Tickets are $12 and include dinner and dessert.

Information: Ballard at 410-795-8440 or Lewis at 301-829-9365.

To place an advertisement in the auction book, call Carol Carr at 301-829-3649 by April 2.

Yard sale extravaganza

Hoping for much more than a yard sale, South Carroll High School Marching Band Boosters has scheduled its first Yard Sale and Collectible Extravaganza.

Coordinators are looking for craft and antiques vendors for the event. The sale will be from 7 a.m.

to 3 p.m. April 19 at the school, 1300 Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

More than 200 spaces are available to rent. Spaces reserved before April 10 are $15; $20 afterward.

Entertainment will be provided by South Carroll High School bands. Refreshments will be sold.

Information: 410-875-9757.

Pub Date: 3/28/97

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