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Employees plan fund-raiser to keep holly place open

January 22, 1999

Washington County nursing home employees have organized a fund-raiser Sunday to help keep the doors of Holly Place open.

The "phone-a-thon" runs from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday at Williamsport Retirement Village.

Senior Living Alternatives Inc. needs $11,592 by the end of the month to keep going, Board President Jean Hettenhouser has said.

The nonprofit agency runs Holly Place and North Holly, two assisted-living centers on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

If the centers close, the fate of its 30 low-income residents is unknown.

"An important part of our community, we are asking for your support to help us raise money and awareness for their needs," said Laurie Gauthier, community relations coordinator at Williamsport Retirement Village.

Nursing home administrators, employees and friends have organized the grass-roots effort, she said.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, who helped to start the agency in 1988, has agreed to help. Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Williamsport Mayor John Slayman also have signed up for the fund-raiser, she said.

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People who are willing to contribute can call 301-223-7971.

Or, people can send a donation to:

Holly Place, c/o Melanie Socks, 268 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

For more information call, Gauthier at 301-223-7971.

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