Celebration of Life to let families share memories


August 09, 1999|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WE'RE ALL INVITED to a grand celebration at Westminster City Park on Sept. 11.

Softball games, basketball games, music, picnic food, a moon bounce, a Velcro wall and lots of other wholesome fun are planned.

For the second consecutive year, the Christian-outreach organization Circle of Friends is pulling together a memorial concert and an evening of fun. Celebration of Life will be a time for grieving families, especially youths, to find comfort in community support and to share memories with people who care, said Patti Robinson, who co-founded the group with her sister-in-law Janai Bassler.

"Many people read about tragic events in the paper, and they don't know how to show that they care," said Robinson. "Events like Celebration of Life on Sept. 11 offer a time for them to show up, have fun, perhaps listen if someone feels like sharing a memory, and offer support."

Many volunteers are mapping out the festivities, as well as ways to pay tribute to the youths who have died. Under the guidance of former Oriole Larry Sheets, local coaches are coordinating softball, basketball and volleyball games.

Volunteers are working on a memorial wall at City Park to honor the youths who have died in recent years in Carroll County. Robinson is quick to note that Circle of Friends still needs volunteers to fine-tune this event.

"We need more hands and feet to help pass out fliers, call for donations, or other little tasks," she said.

"Anyone who is interested in helping can join our meetings every Monday night at 7 p.m. in Westminster City Park by the bleachers."

If it rains, organizers meet in the old armory.

The local Christian group Cry of Mercy will perform along with national recording artist Kellie Willie.

Tickets for Celebration of Life are $5 per person or $15 per family. This fee covers games, concerts and three tickets toward food and drinks.

Anyone 18 or older who wishes to participate in the softball, basketball or volleyball games should call 410-876-3454 before Sept. 4 or print his or her name, address and phone number on a postcard and mail it to Circle of Friends, 984 Hook Road, Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-876-3454

Amazing volunteers

If you have watched someone give countless volunteer hours for a good cause, or many causes, perhaps it's time to offer that person the recognition he or she deserves.

The Carroll County Public Information Office is seeking nominations for the 13th Annual Maryland's Most Beautiful People Volunteer Awards. Nominations are due Friday. The process is simple, so it's not too late to honor your ultimate volunteer.

Nomination forms are available at the local library or online (http: //www.carr.org/carroll/govt /myab2.htm). A brief statement (500 words or less) explaining why the individual should be recognized should be included.

Forms should be sent to the Carroll County Public Information Office, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/09/99

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