Carroll County Times

Bingo to benefit scholarship fund

The Seventh Annual Charity Bingo to benefit the Caila Finnen Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Oct. 5 at the Manchester fire company activities building.

The scholarship fund was set up in memory of North Carroll High School student Caila Finnen, who died in a car accident in July 2007. "We try our best to have something good coming out of something bad because that is what [Caila] would have wanted," said Carol Finnen, Caila's mom.


The scholarship fund benefits Carroll County middle-income students who will attend Carroll Community College upon graduation. So far 12 students have been helped, and four have since graduated. "We have a nurse, a boy who is working with [people with] special needs, one who is a pilot and one in accounting," Finnen said.

Doors for the benefit event will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m.


Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and every seat requires a ticket. In addition to the 20 regular games that come with your ticket, there will be specials, a 50/50 raffle and other raffles for Ravens memorabilia.

Bingo prizes include Longaberger baskets, Partylite candles, Dewalt cordless tools and handbags.

Food and drink will be available.

The activities building is at 3297 York St., Manchester.

For more information, call Carol or Bill Finnen at 410-374-5445.

Sports scholarships
The Tree of Friends Foundation is partnering with the North Carroll Recreation Council to offer sports scholarships for the 2014 season.
Scholarships will be awarded to four families within the North Carroll Recreation Council community. Each family member will receive financial aid toward registration fees for up to three sports to be played within the 2014 season.
Families are being encouraged to apply by writing a 150- to 200-word essay explaining their interest in the scholarship and the sports they want to play, what they hope to learn or how they expect to grow from playing this sport, and the impact receiving the scholarship would have on their family.
Essays can be submitted until Oct. 10 by emailing or mailing a hard copy to 5011 Wentz Road, Manchester, MD 21102.

Fall Fest
The Manchester Valley High School Student Government Association will have its annual Fall Fest from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the school, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester.
This event is geared toward elementary-age children and younger with activities such as story time, scarecrow stuffing, ring toss and much more.
Prizes will be given and food will be available.
Admission is free, but some bigger activities and food will have a minimal cost.
For more information, call Nathan Glass or Dustin Vargas at 410-386-1673.

Fall breakfast
The Hampstead Main Street Merchants Association's third annual Fall Breakfast Buffet will be from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, chipped beef, biscuits, stewed apples, coffee, tea, milk and juice.
Tickets are $6 for ages 6 and older, and free for children 5 and younger.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Ken Wright at 410-239-7500.
Proceeds will benefit the association's activities.