Bowling for charity is set for Saturday


October 24, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHARITY BOWL 2002 will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown.

This is the third year Thunderhead has sponsored the fund-raiser, which benefits needy Carroll County residents through the United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County.

The idea is the brainchild of Nancy McCormick, Taneytown's economic development director.

"I did one of these when I was in Michigan," she said. "It was a huge success."

The Thunderhead event apparently is experiencing the same success.

"The first year we raised a little over $3,000," said Marcia Gorsuch, Thunderhead's events coordinator. Organizers hoped to raise $3,000 last year, she said, but brought in $6,700.

`'I would love to see $12,000 this year," Gorsuch said, "but a lot of it depends on the weather."

The event runs until 5 p.m. Expected to attend are Elrod Hendricks, bullpen coach for the Baltimore Orioles; Mark "The Blade" Brodinsky of WJZ-13 television; and Mindy Basara, anchorwoman for WBAL-TV. WTTR's Dwight Dingle again will be emcee of the event. The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders and mascots for the Ravens and the Orioles also will be there.

McCormick said the cheerleaders were a big hit last year.

Another big hit was the autographed sports items. A silent auction will include items signed by Cal Ripken, Tony Batista, Ray Lewis, Brian Billick, Brandon Stokley, Peter Boulware and Jamal Lewis. Great Moments collectibles shop is one of the biggest contributors of signed sports memorabilia with 19 items, including a signed Johnny Unitas photograph.

Raffles will be held for many items, including fruit baskets, golf shirts, a season pass to Carroll County Farm Museum for up to five adults, a gift certificate to Bart's Restaurant, and a family membership and a gift bag from Carroll County Arts Council.

Door prizes will be awarded, Gorsuch said. They include a $15 gift certificate to Stu's Music Shop, mugs, T-shirts, candy dishes and cases of soda.

Gorsuch said admission is $5; children younger than age 10 get in free. Games are $2, and shoes are free.

"All the money for the games and admission goes to United Way," Gorsuch said.

Lions breakfast

Mark the calendar for Taneytown Lions Club's fall pancake breakfast. The fall fund-raiser will be held from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at the carnival grounds building.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, pudding and hominy, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea, said Claude C. Elmore Jr., who helps coordinate the event.

"Proceeds from our fall breakfast are an integral part of our funding for the support we provide to the local Little League and youth projects," Elmore said.

The money raised also will help provide eyeglasses and hearing assistance for those in need in the community, he said.

The cost of the breakfast is $4.50; $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for children younger than age 6.

Health fair

Taneytown Senior Center will hold its health fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 31.

The fair is open to people of all ages. It will offer screenings for cholesterol and skin cancer, services for arthritis and advanced orthopedic problems, and vision and balance testing. Colorectal cancer screening will be performed by Carroll County Health Department for $7.

Information: Jackie Boisvert, 410-756-4557.

Girl Scouts wanted

St. Paul's United Methodist Church is encouraging local girls to join a Girl Scout or Brownie Scout group.

For Daisy Girls entering kindergarten, call Vangie Baker, 410-775-0655.

Girls in first through third grade interested in joining a Brownie Scout group should call Dawn Bladen, 410-635-6537.

For Junior Girl Scouts groups (fourth through sixth grade) or Cadettes or Girl Scouts (seventh grade and older), call Annette Moritz, 410-751-7663.

Free volleyball

Taneytown Area Recreation Council holds open, noncompetitive volleyball from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday at the gym of Northwest Middle School. The program is open to anyone age 15 or older.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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