Central Carroll: Fall designer bag bingo to benefit Special Olympics

Shiloh Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Van Horn celebrates with his mother, Laura Euler, after finishing the 100-meter run during the 47th annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games in April. A bingo is being held to benefit Carroll Special Olympics on Nov. 10.
Shiloh Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Van Horn celebrates with his mother, Laura Euler, after finishing the 100-meter run during the 47th annual Special Olympics Carroll County Spring Games in April. A bingo is being held to benefit Carroll Special Olympics on Nov. 10. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times file)

“Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.”

That’s what the website for the Carroll County Special Olympics says. “They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but ‘their voices’ as well.”


You can help this happen for these special members of our community when you attend the Fall Designer Bag Bingo held by the Special Olympics at the Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center on Saturday Nov. 10.

In addition to a fun night of bingo, participants may want to start their Christmas shopping with a variety of vendors who will be on hand for the evening.


Donna McGuire is the fundraising committee chairman for Special Olympics Carroll County. She said she believes this is their seventh or eighth year to hold this event, the third year of holding two per year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

“We have designer bags such as Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Vera Wang, [and more] and they’re over stuffed with all kinds of goodies,” McGuire said. “Each bag has a theme, such as a coffee bag, movie bag, ice cream bag…”

Look for four specials with Thanksgiving and Christmas items inside, and three raffle bags and a 50/50 raffle as well.

Tickets cost $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for vendor shopping, and those wishing to attend only to shop may buy a band for $5 and shop from 4 to 6 p.m. Doors close at 6:45 p.m. and bingo begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening, shoppers and bingo aficionados will find a variety of food for sale.

“We have homemade barbecue, pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, nacho with cheese, drinks, chips, cookies candy and more,” McGuire said.

Proceeds of this bingo will support the Carroll County Special Olympics program.

“Since we do not charge the families anything for participating, we pay for everything from uniforms, equipment, venues, out of town tournament [expenses] and we try to have a Christmas party for all the athletes and their siblings,” McGuire said. “Any expenses, we cover.”

In addition, McGuire said they welcome $100 sponsorships. She hopes attendees take time to meet some of their star athletes as well.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster will hold an Autumn Tea Social on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maggie’s Restaurant in Westminster. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the cost is $35.   

“I think the biggest reason [folks] should come [is that they] get to meet some of our stars,” she said. “They walk the bags around for each game or help in the concessions. For a lot of our stars this is something out of their comfort zone and it is great to see and meet them. We are giving them the chance to play in sports they wouldn’t get the chance to do anywhere else. So, our fundraisers are very important, and we appreciate the community’s help. We live in an amazing county. There’s always someone there to help and we greatly appreciate it.”

The Carroll County Agriculture Center is located at 706 Agriculture Center Drive in Westminster.

For more information or to reserve tickets call Donna at 443-507-6010. To learn more about Special Olympics in Carroll County, visit them online at www.somd.org/socr.


Pancake Breakfast and Yard Sale

Cavalry United Methodist Church wants you to start the day with a wholesome pancake breakfast and an opportunity to shop. They will hold a pancake breakfast at the church on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a yard sale as well.

The menu includes buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hominy, stewed apples, and hot and cold beverages. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

Funds from the breakfast go to the general support of Calvary, but Payne pointed out that that budget also includes support to outreach ministries such as ESCAPE Ministries, Board of Child Care, Boxes for Soldiers, Camp Hope, a Christian work camp for youth, Carroll County Food Sunday, The Shepherd’s Staff, past mission work in Guatemala, and more.

“We have been doing these breakfasts for decades, twice a year,” said Linda Payne, Vice-Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

The yard sale takes place at the same time as the pancake breakfast and bake sale, but funds from the yard sale go to the church’s United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF).

“The youth of our church belong to the United Methodist Youth Fellowship,” Payne said. “The funds are used to provide financial assistance for a spiritual retreat called Random Acts of Christian Kindness (ROCK) for our youth in Ocean City, Maryland, and [as] financial assistance for youth to help needy families and individuals from Allegany County upgrade their homes.”

Calvary UMC is located at 3939 Gamber Road in Finksburg.

“Everyone looks forward to the bake sale with cookies, cakes and fudge, as well as the yard sale by the United Methodist Youth Fellowship,” Said Payne. “It’s a lot of conversation and fun and we love our pancakes and sausage!”

For more information, contact the church office at 410-795-9343 or visit them online at calvaryumcgamber.org.

Wing Feed

Pleasant Valley Fire Company will hold an all-you-can-eat Wing Feed on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fire company. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

“This is Pleasant Valley's third year for the Wing Feed,” said Melissa Ann Thomas, Wing Feed committee member. “Come enjoy five different varieties of wings by Callahan's Wings.”

Thomas said the wings come in mild, garlic parmesan ranch, wet Old Bay, cajun ranch, honey barbeque and naked wings, along with hotdogs, French fries, carrots, celery, beer, soda, sweet tea, water and “Debbie's” delicious homemade cakes.

Those who attend can eat until they are full, and then join in dancing or sit back to enjoy music provided by DJ Doug Abbott.

“At this annual fundraiser, we also have games of chance and a 50/50 [raffle],” Thomas said. “Bring your family and friends and come enjoy the evening in Pleasant Valley.”

Adult tickets cost $20. Children ages 6 to12 years old pay $12, and children under the age of 6 eat free.

"If you are wanting to spend a Saturday night among family and friends and enjoy great food, music, and dancing then come join us at Pleasant Valley Fire Company for out Wing Feed,” Thomas said.

To reserve tickets, call Matt Thomas 410-596-1198, Melissa Ann Thomas 443-547-5766 or Matt Condon 443-536-4091.

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