Auction items sought for fundraiser

April 02, 2006

Items are still needed for silent and live auctions to be held at an event to help raise money for medical expenses for David Hillen, parent of a child at Oakland Mills High School.

Hillen needs a liver transplant and has been unable to work because of the disease; the cost of a transplant is about $350,000. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakland Mills High School. Dinner, which costs $5, will be provided by Outback Steakhouse.

Items already set to be auctioned include Acela Express tickets to New York City; tickets to Iceland on Icelandic Airlines; tickets to the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament (June 19-26), and a gift certificate for 12 people to A Day at the Races at Laurel Park, said Carole Knister, a friend of the family who is organizing the fundraising with Karen Hillen, David's wife.

"I have hotel stays, restaurants and beauty salons. I have furniture. I have sports memorabilia and tickets to games. I have Ski Roundtop and Wisp, a flying lesson or an airplane ride -- whichever you prefer, summer camp for children," Knister said.

Knister says $66,000 is needed for Hillen's co-pay for insurance. "Right now to we're up to $30,000. We need $30,000 more."

"And I have lunch with Mr. Robey and Sen. Sandra Schrader," Knister added.

Gift certificates or products from businesses, as well as cash, are welcome.

Information: 410-884-6053.

Donations can also be made payable to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, earmarked for David Hillen and sent to 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, Pa. 19087.

Information: 800-642-8399, or

Around Town

At Amherst house -- Sandra Duerr is teaching a ballet class for young children ages 3 to 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 18 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, are offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. A session is to begin April 24. Leigh Roberts will begin an eight-week session of beginner Pilates from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays, starting tomorrow. The cost is $96 for lien-payers; $104 for others. 410-381-9600.

Relay for Life -- Howard County's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 18 and May 3, 18 and 30 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700.

Lively arts -- Lively Arts for Little Ones! will present a performance by Milkshake for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center. The Interactive music-making show costs $4.50 for children ages 2 and older and adults. Group rates are available. The Other Barn is at 5851 Robert Oliver Place. 410-730- 4610.

Earth Day -- Kings Contrivance Community Association will sponsor an Earth Day Open Space Clean-Up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free T-shirts and prizes will be offered. Participants can sign in at Amherst House at 10 a.m. and work at organized cleanup sites or choose their own. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Tools, bags, safety vests, rubber gloves and bottled water will be provided, and community service certificates will be available for students who need them. Wear long-sleeved clothing and comfortable shoes. A rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Macgill's Common pool parking lot, 10025 Shaker Drive, and prizes and T-shirts will be distributed. The rain date is April 22. To participate on another date: Rachel Ticar, 410-997-9285 or Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.

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