Auction to raise funds for prom

August 30, 1997


Staff Writer

Sophomores at North Hagerstown High School are holding an auction Saturday, Sept. 13 to help raise money for their 1999 junior-senior prom.

"It's traditional for juniors to pay for the prom, held in May," said Anne Stickler, North High social studies teacher and sophomore class adviser.

She said the students began raising money as freshmen last year when they brought in $800 selling catalog holiday gifts.

This year they're trying something different. Stickler said students have been soliciting businesses to make donations for the auction.

The idea is to get the community more involved in the school's activities. Stickler also said it's a way of relieving parents, relatives and friends from having to support high-priced student catalog sales.


So far, Stickler and her students have secured more than $2,000 worth of donated goods for the auction, which will begin at 8 a.m. in the North High gymnasium.

She said licensed auctioneer Donald Hovermale, who is donating his time for the event, will bring down the gavel for final bids on the following items:

* A used motorcycle worth $400, donated by Principal David F. Reeder;

* A $400 handmade wool rug of India from Manny's Oriental Rugs;

* Dinner for two at The Grille at Park Circle, Red Lobster Restaurants and others;

* A $100 certificate for drivers education courses;

* Haircuts and manicures at local beauty salons;

* Tuxedo rentals; and

* School faculty donations of handmade holiday wreaths, cross-stitching, resume services and development of a Web page for business or personal use.

Any businesses interested in making donations should call Stickler at 301-766-8238 or 301-678-6907.

Students hope to raise a total of $6,000 by the time their junior-senior prom rolls around in a year-and-a-half. Most of the money will go toward decorations, a band and food.

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