Cancer fund-raiser is an overnight success


July 07, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE RELAY for Life event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and held last month in Linthicum was a big success.

Hundreds of area residents gathered at Lindale Middle School for the overnight event that celebrated cancer survivors and raised money to find a cure. Forty-one teams raised $88,000.

"We really thank the Linthicum community for coming out and being so generous for this event," said Susan Bauman Stuart, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society.

The event began with a reception for cancer survivors sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, which included welcoming words and details about the hospital's cancer center from Dr. Russell DeLuca, and inspirational words from breast cancer survivor Pat Anastase. The reception included musical entertainment and refreshments from Kauffman's Restaurant.

Afterward, the survivors started off the relay by walking the first lap around the track. The second lap was dedicated to the caregivers and the third lap was walked by all teams. Teams walked from 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. the next day, with many carrying banners or signs in remembrance or honor of a loved one.

North Arundel Hospital was a major contributor to the event, sponsoring nine teams that collectively raised $21,660. Alliance Roofing and Sheetmetal Co. was the top individual team, bringing in more than $7,000. Other major contributors include Massage Works, $5,981; Head to Toe Beauty Salon, $4,411; and Booz Allen Hamilton, $4,310.

"Relay for Life was a very nice, well-run event that accommodated all walkers," said Kathy Doegan, captain of North Arundel Hospital's Credit Union team. "I'm definitely looking forward to next year and raising money for the cure."

Concerts in the Park

Back for their second appearance at the Concerts in the Park series will be Frankie & Company, performers from Vintage Entertainment, in a vocal presentation paying tribute to Frank Sinatra and other vocalists from the Golden Age of American music.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. July 14 in Linthicum Park off Benton Avenue. Those who attend are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. Picnics and coolers are welcome.

The concert will feature Frank Curreri, founder of Vintage Entertainment, his wife, Trish Curreri, and Dottie Mack, who has appeared in many dinner theater productions in the area. Mack and Frank Curreri will present tributes to female vocalists.

Frank Curreri has performed musical tributes for several years at many venues in the Baltimore area. Four years ago, he decided he wanted to devote all his time to this pursuit, founding Vintage Entertainment.

In addition to Frankie & Company, Vintage Entertainment offers "Come Swing With Me," a tribute to Frank Sinatra, and "Frankie and the Pack," featuring a band tribute to crooners from the era.

Since its founding, the company has performed at events and venues throughout the mid-Atlantic area, among them Ocean City's Springfest and Sunfest celebrations, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Liberatore's Ristorante and Rigatoni's Pasta & Grill. This year, the group presented a concert at Easton's Independence Day celebration. Earlier this year, "Frankie and the Pack" performed at Arthur Slade Regional's School annual presentation, "Manhattan After Dark." They also have performed several concerts to benefit the firefighters who died Sept. 11.

There also will be concerts in Ocean City at the Sundays in the Park and Concerts on the Beach series.

Information: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Quilters sessions

The Friendship Quilters won't hold regular monthly meetings this month and next, but they continue to meet for their Sit and Sew sessions. The next one will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Road at Hammonds Ferry Road. Another is scheduled for Aug. 10. Quilters are invited to bring a project to work on while visiting with others who quilt. Anyone with an interest in quilting is welcome.

Friendship Quilters meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from September through June, at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

Information: Allison Bachmann, 410-437-6283.

`Amazon' Bible School

"Amazon Outfitters: On Expedition with the One True God" is the theme for Vacation Bible School at Linthicum Baptist Church, 611 S. Camp Meade Road. It will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 21 to 25.

Built around an Amazon adventure expedition, the weeklong event will be full of Bible stories, crafts, music and rain forest-related refreshments and recreation. Programs are planned for children age 4 through the fifth grade, youth, and adults. A nursery will be provided for younger children.

Registration: the church office, 410-766-0204.

Recreation club pool

Cool off this summer in the North Linthicum Recreation Club pool, at the edge of Overlook Park in North Linthicum. The facility includes a wading pool for toddlers and a snack bar. A life guard is on duty at all times. The pool is open all day every day during the summer.

The club also offers Family Night with bingo, checkers and ice cream socials. Club parties are sponsored monthly for preteens, teens and adults. Cookouts, potlucks and an annual crab feast are held. Tennis, basketball, and handball courts are convenient to the club. Members may rent the facility for private parties after hours.

Membership costs $300 for a family and $150 for an individual. In addition, there is a one-time equity buy-in of $130. Payment plans are available, as are discounts for volunteer workers. All memberships are subject to a $25 maintenance fund fee.

Information: Bryan Senter, club president, 410-636-8321, or Christina McGonigal, treasurer, 410-636-0587.

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