Parents' group touched by residents' generosity

Neighbors

February 22, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY PARENT knows how hard it is to raise funds for a child's school activities. Carwashes, raffles, wrapping paper sales and the famous Girl Scout cookie drives are just a few ways local families try to bridge the gap between too-small budgets and the increasing costs of extracurricular programs.

The Arundel Instrumental Music Association, known as AIMA, is a parents' group supporting musical activities at Arundel High School, from marching band to concert band, orchestra to color guard.

AIMA has been creative in dreaming up ways to raise funds. Each year, the teen-age musicians stage a 24-hour "Play-a-thon," during which sponsors pledge financial support for the students' all-night music session.

The jazz and strings groups presented an evening of music and dancing. Pizza and submarine sandwich sales also are held.

Lots of energy goes into fund-raising to provide new instruments, musical scores and band transportation to competition sites.

A few weeks ago, at an AIMA meeting, someone mentioned how nice it would be if the group had a refrigerator to store snacks to get the kids through the long Play-a-thon night.

Better yet, wouldn't it be wonderful to have cold drinks during the two-week August band camp? But where would the money come from?

AIMA member Mike Talbert had an idea. Why not just ask? He contacted a community newspaper and placed an ad with a simple request. Would anyone have a refrigerator-freezer to donate?

To Talbert's delight, he received three offers within two days.

Thanks to Mary Fleetwood of Odenton, AIMA now has a refrigerator-freezer. She also donated a television the students can use during their AIMA activities.

Then Donald McDonald of Maryland City donated a 22-cubic-foot freezer. His five children are grown, but he remembers how important the freezer was when they were teen-agers. He was happy to see his freezer help a new group of youngsters.

Talbert was touched by the generous response to his request. "There are some very nice people out there, willing to help," he said.

AIMA is interested in seeking corporate and private sponsors to help provide operating expenses for the musicians, including the cost of uniforms, music equipment and bus transportation. If you or your organization would like to help, contact Talbert at 410-672-3126.

Blood drive times change

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church has adjusted the hours of its blood drive. The drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 6 at the church, in the Severn Square shopping center next to the Provinces library.

Information: Peggy Connors, 410-799-5773.

Women's club blood drive

Four Seasons Women's Club is also sponsoring a blood drive 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 in the multipurpose room of Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills.

Because of the harsh winter weather and the severe flu epidemic, the Red Cross is in urgent need of blood.

For information or to make an appointment: Helen Wyrwas, 410-672-5360, or Karen Jordan, 301-621-0818.

Christian women to meet

The Christian German American Women's Group was forced to cancel last month's meeting because of stormy weather. But milder weather has returned, and the club looks forward to meeting again Monday at noon in the blue room of the Chapel Center in Fort Meade. The group is open to women interested in German culture and language.

After a period of praise and reflection, a light lunch will be served. Then, pianist Heidi Zech and guitarist Claudia Friend will perform.

Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862 or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.

Chamber breakfast mixer

Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its first joint breakfast mixer of the year from 7: 45 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. Feb. 29 at Crofton Country Club. Several business organizations and chambers will be participating in this annual event.

Tickets are available to members for $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Nonmember tickets will cost $25.

Information or reservations: the chamber office, 410-721-9131.

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