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Dorney Park trip has space

July 05, 1999

There are some remaining slots for an Aug. 14 bus trip to Dorney Park. Hagerstown youngsters may sign up now.

More donations are needed to make this year's trip a success, said Clara Broadus of Hagerstown, one of the organizers of the second annual For Our Kids Sake trip.

"We want to make sure that all the kids who want to go can go," Broadus said.

She is urging businesses, clubs and individuals to contribute what they can so no child will be turned away.

A bank account at Hagerstown Trust Co. has been set up in the name, For Our Kids Sake, Broadus said. The account number is 14151-8. Contributions can be made at any Hagerstown Trust branch.

Last year, three busloads of children made a similar trip to Paramount King's Dominion in Richmond, Va.

"This year we chose Dorney because it's closer and less expensive," Broadus said.

Fund-raisers have been held but donations are the main support of the trip. Organizers hope this year to take four busloads to the Allentown, Pa., attraction.

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The 200-acre amusement and water park features more than 100 rides and attractions.

Money that remained after last year's trip was placed in a bank account specifically set up for the annual trip. It will be applied to this summer's expenses, Broadus said.

For 15 years, another community-based volunteer group collected donations from businesses and individuals to send youngsters to theme parks and amusement areas.

When that effort ended two summers ago, it left a void, said Broadus, who was a chaperone on many of those earlier trips and wanted them to continue.

Children must be at least 10 years old to go on the trip alone, Broadus said. Parents may accompany younger children.

To sign up, call Broadus at 301-739-2557.

- Marlo Barnhart

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