PEACE SIGNS, smiley faces and flower power transported 140 girls and their fathers back to the 1960s and '70s when the Fulton Cluster Girl Scouts gathered Friday for a Hippie-Disco Father Daughter Dance.
Dressed in tie-dye shirts and bell-bottom jeans, the group of Highland, Clarksville, Fulton and Columbia residents disco-danced the night away in the Fulton Elementary School cafeteria.
Junior leaders Patti Case and Gail Timmick decorated the cafeteria in bright colors: orange, purple, green and yellow. Disc jockey Tony Compofelice played a mix of '60s and '70s tunes, along with current popular songs by Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and Christina Aguilera.
Cadet Troop 1763 assisted by announcing door prizes and events, as well as staffing the tables of auction items and gifts. The Scouts spent many hours preparing for the dance by soliciting donations, creating theme baskets, making signs and writing letters to make the event special for the younger Girl Scouts.
Eighth-graders helping were Brooke Tyson, Taralyn Trunk, Theresa Tenaglia and Kim Patterson of Clarksville, and Amy Rogers and Amanda Hill of Highland. Instrumental in preparing for the dance, but unable to attend, were Tory Evans of Clarksville and Rachel Steinhornof Highland.
The Cadets also organized a Mother's Day shop for dads and daughters who wished to make last-minute purchases. Cadet leader Mary Rogersof Highland monitored a silent auction to help fund community service work. Donations from Boarman's, Hi-lites Hair Salon, Kendall Hardware, Everett Jewelers, Fulton Station Jewelers and Highland Veterinary Hospital drew considerable interest from the group.
In an informal costume contest judged by members of the Cadet troop, Larry Tyson and Mary Sarro were among the winners. Dance contest winners included Catie Azarza, Kelsey Tyson and Mariah Morgan.
Carol Zimmerman, leader of fourth-grade Juniors, organized food donations for the evening. Zimmerman researched foods that originated in the '60s - Jiffy Pop, Pringles potato chips, Tang, Gatorade, chocolate fondue strawberries, as well as fresh vegetables and dip. Cindy Sullivan and Debbie Smith helped Zimmerman keep the table laden with refreshments.
Sheila Bishoff of Highland, a Brownie leader, took sweetheart pictures of girls and their dads in front of a wildly colorful tie-dye backdrop. Sara Lustbader assisted with the photos. Kathy Peoples of Fulton, another Brownie leader, provided the girls with temporary tattoos of '60s icons, including peace signs, smiley faces and flowers.
Ticket registration by Lisa Goheen's Brownie troop was monitored by Scout parents, including Deb Heggie and Melanie Brohawn. At the end of the evening, each girl receiving a basket or a goody bag full of items such as toiletries, hair gear or '60s-inspired toys. Men and women from every troop, plus the Cadets, helped with the cleanup.
River Hill High School teacher Martha Henderson of Brookeville took part in a three-day 60-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this month. She was accompanied by two juniors, Emily Johnson of Glenelg and Erin Cohen of Clarksville, who were the youngest walkers participating.
More than 3,000 men and women completed the walk under terrible weather conditions - 90-plus degrees every day. The event raised $6 million.
Participants had to raise at least $1,800 in pledges for the walk. Henderson raised more than $2,000, while the girls each raised $2,400. In three days, participants walked 60 miles from Hood College in Frederick to Washington. Proceeds will support breast cancer education and fund research.
Henderson teaches social studies and is a field hockey coach. With the hockey team, she started a campaign, "Hawks Hockey Drives Out Cancer," to help in the fight against cancer. Henderson and team members attend fund-raisers in the area. She and 30 students will be at the Relay For Life on June 2 and 3 at Howard Community College.
Brian Drnec Fund
Last month, Glenwood Middle School held its Midnight Madness Charity Basketball Event and raised about $4,300 for the Friends of Brian Drnec Fund.
Brian Drnec, a junior and former three-sport athlete at Mount Hebron High School, was paralyzed in a car accident in December.
Nearly 300 participated from 8 a.m. to midnight April 7. Many Glenelg High School students returned to their middle school to help referee games. Each student played basketball, had refreshments and got a T-shirt.
Contributions may be mailed to: Friends of Brian Drnec, P.O. Box 213, Woodstock 21163.