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Timonium: Rowing marathon raises $8,000 for Johns Hopkins youth camp

By Janet Nickel, lejannickel@msn.com 410-252-812

2:45 PM EDT, July 10, 2012

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Adam DeStefano, a 2007 graduate of St. Paul's School, thanks all those who supported him in his quest to raise money for Camp Sunrise by spending countless hours rowing. He actually rowed the equivalent of 1,500 miles in 35 days (on his own) and raised $8,000 for this worthwhile cause.

Camp Sunrise is sponsored by Johns Hopkins Children's Cancer Center for children who have or have had life-threatening illnesses. The cost for each camper is $1,000 per week, but no camper is asked to pay. Instead, donors fund the entire cost.

Adam and a colleague, Seva Granin, are co-founders of Pull-Together, a group that uses rowing as a seems to promote charitable activities. They both participated in the event, which was conducted at the University of Central Florida. For more information on Pull-Together, go to pull-together.org.

Adam's contribution will send eight children to camp this summer. Way to go, Adam!

Kenton Cuddington, a 13-year-old Ridgely Middle School student, has been named June's "Student of the Month" by the Optimist Club of Timonium.

Kenton is a busy young man and participates in a multitude of activities. At school, he's a member of the Robotics Club, Quiz Bowl and Honor Band. In fact, he traveled with the band to Scotland and England during this past year's spring break and performed with a sister school in Scotland.

He is also a member of the Lutherville Musical Ambassadors, and volunteers with Lutheran World Relief and Irish Charities. At church, he is an acolyte, volunteers with the Vacation Bible School program, and serves on the clean-up crew.

He's a member of Boy Scout Troop 832, is a Life Scout and has served as den chief. He plays the tenor saxophone and loves to fish, crab, bike, hike, camp and play rugby. He is also a member of his community's summer swim league.

Congratulations to Kenton and also to his parents, Turk and Jennifer Cuddington.

It's time for the Timonium Optimists' annual Ravens ticket raffle. Look for members of the club outside of Cranbrook Liquors, Buttons Liquors and Padonia Station at varying times during July to purchase tickets. The winner will receive two tickets to a Ravens' home game, and each raffle ticket gives the bearer eight chances to win.

Call 410-252-0694 to purchase tickets, which are $2 each or 3 for $5. The drawing will be held at 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Padonia Station, and the winner need not be present.

Timonium United Methodist Church is accepting registrations for its Vacation Bible School, which will be held at the church Aug. 6-10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. The school will include Bible stories, music, worship, crafts, games and snacks. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited. The cost is $20 per child or $35 per family.

Children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31 and must be potty-trained. Registration closes by July 30 or when capacity is reached. Call the church office at 410-252-5500 or Jill Garofalo at 443-921-0337.

Also, Carol Wirth, director of the nursery school at TUMC has announced that Connie Glass will be retiring after 26 years of dedicated service. Appreciation was extended to Connie for her many years spent working with the children. She will be missed.

Happy belated July 4 birthday to Milton Dierker; and congratulations to Dave and Anita Grooms, who celebrated a July 3 wedding anniversary.