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Couple seeks aid in adopting child

Basket bingo might help a Carroll County middle-school art teacher and her husband finance a trip to Thailand to bring home a child.

When Gene and Melodie Taylor decided to adopt a 2-year-old boy in Southeast Asia, their family and friends rallied around them.

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"Because of the cost, we found out people have fund-raisers, so we started tossing around the idea," said Melodie Taylor, 32, who teaches at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

Born and raised in Westminster, Melodie Taylor lived in the county seat until two years ago, when she and her husband moved to Fairfield, Pa. Gene Taylor, 47, is a safety risk manager at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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Unable to have children, the Taylors began the adoption process a year ago and discovered that the cost of international adoptions was $16,000 to $30,000.

But they learned that other couples used fund-raisers to help pay for the costs.

Gene Taylor, a golfer, wanted to raise money with a golf tournament, but family friends said basket bingo had a following that could be a bigger draw in Carroll County.

A golf tournament might still be an option this summer.

John and Cherie Hundertmark, close friends of the Taylors, organized the basket bingo event, at which participants play bingo to win baskets filled with gifts.

It will be held at the Sykesville-Freedom District Hall, at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

The basket bingo event will be held at 6 p.m. June 10. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Participants will receive cards for 20 games.

Early bird games will cost $1 before the official start at 7 p.m. About 30 baskets filled with various gifts will be awarded to winners. Melodie Taylor said that 75 people have signed up for the event, but that she hopes to sell out the 250-seat hall.

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The Taylors finished the adoption paperwork last month and are awaiting final approval. They said they are learning about Thai culture and poring over photos and videos of their son.

"He's adorable," said Melodie Taylor. "He was born premature, but now he's thriving."

Information: Cherie Hundertmark, 410-795-5555.


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