SHEPHERD STAFF'S Executive Director Kathy Brown was deeply grateful for the overwhelming success of last week's Viennese Dessert Reception and Theatre on the Hill's benefit performance of "The Sound of Music."
Every ticket was sold and more than $5,000 was added to Shepherd Staff's budget.
"For a nonprofit, nongovernment, Christian agency run solely on donations, that is a lot of money," Brown said.
"This will mean extra shoes for someone or formula that we couldn't buy," she added. "The response from the community, the businesses, the restaurants is incredible. Everyone we called gave something. Some people even called me."
Chocolate cheesecakes, delicate swans, cookies, candies, tortes, punch and gourmet coffee filled the elegant banquet table in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College on Thursday night.
Breathtaking floral arrangements created and donated by the Carroll Garden Club, and music provided by pianist Diane Jones gave the reception its upscale Austrian flair.
Students from Carroll County Career and Technology Center, where Shepherd's Staff board member Kate Engle is principal, contributed fuzzy sheep key chains as favors.
"It is heartwarming to know what the community can do together," Brown said, crediting Theatre on the Hill's Nan Ficca for donating all proceeds of the show to Shepherd's Staff and Westminster resident Connie Hoge for calling numerous restaurants and coordinating the desserts.
On Sunday, savor some of Westminster's finest foods and enjoy a stroll down Main Street by participating in the Westminster Business Association's Progressive Dinner.
The progression begins at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. with appetizers at Paradiso Italian Restaurant. Diners can then enjoy soup and salad at Chameleon. Johannson's will offer the entree, and then the groups of diners will split to either Fat Cat Cafe or Chef's Kitchen for dessert.
"We were looking for a creative way to draw attention downtown, specifically the restaurants," said Sandy Scott, WBA president. "We hope that when people think of downtown, they'll know it's a great place to enjoy great food as well as shop."
Participants will receive an envelope filled with coupons to local businesses. "There is a coupon for a free carnation from the Flower Box, for example, and discounts on purchases," Scott said.
News of the event is spreading fast, she added. "Even before we had the tickets printed I had people calling me asking, 'Where are the tickets?' " she said.
A limited number of tickets is available for $45 by calling 888-737-2027. Two free tickets will be drawn Thursday, and each WBA member's store has forms for the drawing.
"If we sell out, or if talk is positive about this dinner, we hope to have another one in the fall or when it's walking weather. Next time we'll feature Main Street restaurants on the other end of town," Scott said.
The Kiwanis Club of Westminster Inc. recently recognized five outstanding students with the 1998 Vocational Proficiency Awards.
Jennifer Janowich from South Carroll High School received $150. She will attend North Carolina Wesleyan College and study fashion design and textiles.
Jason Barnard, also from South Carroll, received $150. He is studying computer technology, and will intern at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg this summer. He plans to earn a computer engineering degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Wonsung Novalis graduated from Francis Scott Key High School and received $150. He is active in his church's youth groups, a puppet group, teaching and as a volunteer camp counselor. He plans to attend college in Texas, and study heating and air conditioning.
Traci Miller, from Francis Scott Key High School, received $150. She studied cosmetology and hopes to open a salon after attending Mount St. Mary's College. During high school, she went to Spain with the Spanish Club, was involved with Youth For Life and was a Bible school teacher.
Rachel Dyky, from Westminster High School, received $1,100. She is involved in ballet, swimming, band, Future Educators of America and the 4-H Club. While studying child care, Rachel worked at Children's Nurturing Center. She will attend Villa Julie College.
Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 6/22/98