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Cancer society to benefit from fundraising efforts

Pictured are committee members for the silent auction held at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse in Taneytown. Seated is Betsy Baker. Standing are, from left: Nancy Williams, Carol Hipp, Pat Tuminello, Mary Haddad, Carrie Stottlemire and Sharon Schmidt.
Pictured are committee members for the silent auction held at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse in Taneytown. Seated is Betsy Baker. Standing are, from left: Nancy Williams, Carol Hipp, Pat Tuminello, Mary Haddad, Carrie Stottlemire and Sharon Schmidt. (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

Organizers and participants kicked off the 2014 Taneytown Relay for Life Celebration in March with a silent auction at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse that raised more than $3,300 for the event, which will culminate with a mini-relay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Carroll Vista.

The multi-event fundraiser for the American Cancer Society continues with an all-cash bingo May 8 at Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120, 9 Broad St., Taneytown. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m.

Bingo tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for 20 games. Food will be available for purchase. Early registration is recommended since space is limited to 200 players, said campaign co-organizer and Carroll Vista resident Nancy Williams.

The main prizes will be awarded during a "share-the-wealth game," Williams said, in which participants can play for "two big cash prizes, and the third lower-cash prize will be donated to the American Cancer Society."

More than $1,200 in prize money was awarded during last year's bingo, Williams said, with $600 going to the cancer society.

In addition, a luminaria celebration will be observed at the conclusion of bingo, she said, since the relay doesn't take place during evening hours. At that time, candles will be lit in honor of survivors and in memory of those who lost their lives to cancer.

Tickets may be purchased on Saturdays prior to the bingo from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse, 1 Clubhouse Drive, Taneytown. For questions about the bingo, contact Jeanne Schubert at 410-756-6214.

Carroll Vista resident Diane Summers, who lost her battle with cancer in 2012, started the fundraiser in 2006 in conjunction with the Westminster Relay for Life, Williams said. Residents Pat Tuminello and Gene Webber took the reins in 2007.

Williams said she was at a Carroll Vista activities meeting two months ago when the call for new event organizers when out. "Cancer is in our family," she said, "I just kinda raised my hand and then recruited my neighbor."

Williams and neighbor Linda Kuhn agreed to take on the challenge if Tuminello and Webber, who are both relocating, would guide them through the campaign. "Pat and Gene have been wonderful and unbelievably helpful," Williams said.

The goal this year is to raise $25,000 for the American Cancer Society, Williams said, and community participation in the form of corporate sponsors and fundraising teams is critical to success. Both can register support at http://www.relayforlife.org/TaneytownMD.

Williams said local Boy Scout Troop 718, led by Sam Shipley, will help the day of the mini-relay by participating in a flag ceremony and managing the water stations. The one-day event includes the opening ceremony followed by a survivors walk, a participant walk, a bake sale, several raffles, and a survivors and caregivers luncheon.

Williams said cancer survivors from Carroll County and their caregivers are welcome to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse. The luncheon is free, courtesy of Carroll Vista volunteers. Those interested in attending the luncheon should contact Williams or Kuhn at the phone numbers listed below.

The relay will cover 1.5 miles, and members of the various teams will take turns walking the route, clocking multiple miles, Williams explained. Teams are encouraged to raise funds for the campaign prior to the event as well as by walking the relay, Williams said.

The next team meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 13 at the Carroll Vista Clubhouse for those already involved or anyone or group interested in joining or forming a team.

"People can contact us, and they can get involved," Williams said.

For more information about the 2014 Taneytown Relay for Life Celebration and related events, contact Nancy Williams at 410-756-1001, Linda Kuhn at 410-259-5197 or American Cancer Society representative Lori Crook at 410-781-6907 or lori.crook@cancer.org.

Senior center events

The Taneytown Senior and Community Center will host an AARP Driver Safety Class from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 22. An AARP representative will be giving the class, which is open to senior center members and nonmembers who are 50 or older. The fee is $5 for AARP members and $10 for those who aren't AARP members and includes a box lunch of cold fried chicken breast sandwich, coleslaw, potato salad, fruit, a drink and dessert. Reservations are required by 4:30 p.m. April 16 and can be made by calling the center at 410-386-2700.

For those who have sensitive information they would like destroyed, the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities will host a shredding event at the center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 23. The event is free for all seniors and adults with disabilities. No businesses, please.

The center is at 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown.

For more information, call 410-386-2700.

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Legion's egg hunt

Grab your Easter baskets. Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 to 9 beginning at 1:45 p.m. April 19 at Taneytown Memorial Park.

The hunt will take place near the parking lot across from the football field at the park, Md. 140 and Park Drive.

In case of inclement weather, prizes and treats will be given out at the Legion post home, 9 Broad St., Taneytown.

Call 410-756-2219 or 410-756-2628 for more information.

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