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Titanic-style event raises money for charity

April 30, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

About 255 local residents paid $125 each to attend a Titanic-themed fund-raiser Saturday, complete with period clothes, to raise money for the Child Advocacy Program.

At the Washington County Health System Inc.'s sixth annual "Crystal Ball" at Fountain Head County Club, there were palms and wicker furniture to evoke the ship on the fateful night of April 14, 1912.

There was a five-course meal, modeled on a dinner served to first-class passengers on the ship, and music by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Quartet.

John Newby, the event chairman, said he chose the theme because it would give people a chance to reflect on the innocence and grandeur of that time.

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"It celebrates the elegance of a bygone era," said Newby, director of laboratories for Washington County Hospital.

The money from the annual fund-raiser goes to the Child Advocacy Program, which is housed at the Walnut Street Community Health Center. The program serves victims of physical, sexual and mental abuse and neglect.

The event has a different theme and fund-raiser recipient each year, Newby said. This year's event was one of the most successful in terms of community participation and interest, he said.

Past themes have included "The Wizard of Oz" and "Merlin," said Sukey Rankin, chair of the decorations committee.

And what do you get at a $125 dinner event?

The dinner began with Canapes a l'Amiral, and after the first two courses there was an intermission before a third course of asparagus salad, a fourth course of fresh fruit and cheeses and the final course of eclairs, cheese cakes and chocolate mousse.

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