Get a mohawk, help raise funds at one-mile fun run

The Tree of Friends Foundation will have the second annual Mohawk Mile at 9 a.m. June 22 at the Deer Park fields, 637 Deer Park Road, Smallwood.

The foundation was created by three friends who wanted to help the Carroll County community. Originally the organization mainly assisted in the North Carroll area, but as the membership has grown so has the area of assistance. This is one reason the Mohawk Mile, which took place at Christmas Tree Park in Manchester last year, is being relocated to the Deer Park fields, which are sometimes referred to as the Gamber- Smallwood fields.


Jessie Boog, one of the foundation's founding members, wrote in an email: "We have more members who have joined Darcey [Hott], Jenny [Magin] and I to grow our Tree of Friends ... we thought it would be a great way to expand our efforts and broaden our scope in Carroll County."

Another reason for the Mohawk Mile's move was to re-dedicate K. Eugene Magin Field, one of four fields that make up the Deer Park fields. Magin is the late father of Boog and foundation members Gena Gruenzinger and Jason Magin. "He got this field dedicated to him for a few reasons. For one, he grew up on that field. His parents' farm sat on the land that is now the Magin field and the baseball field in the back. He participated in sports his whole life, was a member of the Deer Park [United Methodist] Church and truly impacted a lot of people in the community," Boog wrote.


The existing K. Eugene Magin Field sign is posted near an entrance into the park that is no longer accessible. "We are having a new sign made and placing it on other side of the field where people park and will see it," Boog wrote.

Registration for the Mohawk Mile can be completed online at


until the day before the run. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on race day from 7 to 8 a.m.

The cost of this one-mile family fun event is $15 per person or $40 per family. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 100 registrants and there is a special giveaway for those participating for the second year.

In keeping with the mohawk theme, anyone who participates can get a free mohawk haircut after the race courtesy of staff from The Hair Cuttery. For anyone who doesn't want a permanent mohawk, there will be color sprays and other options for a cool mohawk hairstyle instead.

The foundation is also a sponsor for the Coon Club Bike Rally this Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the United Coon Hunters Association, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. "We will have a table with ToFF merchandise and information about our charity and upcoming Mohawk Mile event. Any money made off the merchandise sold at the Coon Club event will be put towards our 2013 goal of helping support Carroll County families," Boog wrote.

"With your generosity ... we raised over $3,800 to create scholarships for local recreational sports programs and camps ... We are fulfilling our mission to grow ToFF's community and could not be more proud of the influence these scholarships will mean to local families," Jenny Magin, a ToFF founding member, wrote.

For more information about the foundation or any of its events, visit the website, email


or call 443-536-4680.

Berry fest & dinner

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church will have its annual strawberry festival and ham dinner from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Educational Building, 17036 Prettyboy Dam Road, Parkton.

The menu includes a buffet-style dinner with ham, parsleyed potatoes, string beans, coleslaw, rolls, beverage, strawberries and ice cream.

The price is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and $1 for children 5 and younger.

For more information, contact Lena Ruhl at angelsntigers@Comcast.net or call 410-374-3694.

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