Round-Up from the Heart is under way


September 08, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WIPING OUT hunger in the United States is a tall order, and Baltimore-area kitchenware dealers will again participate in an annual corporate-giving program called Round-Up from the Heart.

The program is sponsored by Pampered Chef, a direct marketing company, and is a team effort among the company, its independent contractors and customers.

Last year, the program resulted in donations of more than $500,000 to Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.

The program began Sept. 1 and will run through Dec 31.

Customers contribute to the program by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar or more. They also may purchase a particular product with Pampered Chef, donating a portion of the sale to the program. An estimated 425,000 customers have taken part since the program began in 1991.

Donations to the program will be funneled into our state through Second Harvest to the Maryland Food Bank and to food pantries and distribution points throughout the region.

Eldersburg resident Karen Baillargeon is participating and may be reached at 410-549-2387 for more information.

Basket Bingo

The Employees' Activity Committee at Springfield Hospital Center is sponsoring Basket Bingo on Friday evening in the cafeteria at Liberty High School. Doors open at 5: 30 p.m. for light fare and games begin at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support employee recognition programs at the hospital.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets or information: 410-795-2100, Ext. 3215 and ask for Leonard Brushwood or Linda Ridgley.

Farmers' market

Sykesville Farmers' Market has been in existence since June and has been deemed a success. The market is visited by about 200 shoppers each Wednesday afternoon at the parking lot of Baldwin's Station and Pub.

The market has gained many eager shoppers from nearby Fairhaven. Residents are brought by van each week to purchase produce from local farmers and vendors.

Five vendors offer produce, flowers and more. The market began with seven vendors, two of whom offered seasonal items that are no longer available.

"We have had a very good response to the market," said Ron Jackson, president of Sykesville Business Association and organizer of the market. "People are coming back each week and bringing their friends."

Jackson has been pleased with the market for its first year. The State Highway Administration will soon deliver signs to post along Route 32, touting the market to motorists.

"We're looking to grow even bigger next year," Jackson said. "The farmers have been happy and so have the customers and that makes me very happy."

The market will continue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28.

Vendors needed

Sykesville Business Association is seeking vendors for its annual Fall Festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

Space is available for food vendors. The cost is $120. Costs for other vendors are: hand crafts, $45; general sales, $60; and community groups, $30. The event traditionally draws a large crowd to downtown Sykesville, and organizers have planned entertainment.

Information: 410-549-6620.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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