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Schools' fund-raiser exceeds goal

October 13, 1999

A fund-raiser for school security systems Tuesday night exceeded its $2,500 goal, according to Sam's Club Community Involvement Coordinator Lynn Bibbee.

Modern Woodmen of America sponsored the event at Bingo Island, which donated proceeds from the event. Sam's Club has helped raise more than $18,000 for video cameras and recorders to be placed in all Washington County middle and high schools.

On Tuesday, several principals and assistant principals volunteered at Beanie Baby and Buddy Bingo, where some 250 parents and children played games to win Beanie Babies and other prizes.

Bibbee said the event brought in $2,902. When the money was counted, she was so excited she screamed, she said.

Modern Woodmen, an insurance company, pledged to match the amount raised Tuesday.

The 15 systems cost about $1,500 each for a total of $22,500. With a final total of more than $23,800, Sam's Club will be able to donate the security systems as well as money for extra wiring, Bibbee said. A presentation ceremony will be scheduled with the Washington County Board of Education.

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- Bruce Hamilton

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