Mud volleyball raises funds for clinic

July 23, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

They came, they saw, they got muddy.

Approximately 450 Tri-State area residents showed up Saturday to play mud volleyball at Cochran's Auction Complex to raise money for the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown.

"We're very pleased with how the event turned out," said Jeff Downin, executive director of the clinic at 18 W. Franklin St. "It was a great day."

The third annual event raised at least $20,000 for the clinic, which provides medical care for people without health insurance, Downin said Sunday afternoon.


"This year, we had eight courts and bleachers for the more than 500 spectators," Downin said.

In 2001, the event was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

The tournament is the largest fund-raiser for the clinic, which depends on grants and donations to operate, Downin said.

Callas Contractors Inc. dug out the mud pits and brought in topsoil to mix with the water.

"It was great mud this year," Downin said.

Eleven companies sponsored the event, including Citicorp Credit Services, which came up with the idea for the event.

The winning team was Glessner Alarms. The runners-up were from CertainTeed.

Jeff Singleton won the grand prize for being the top money-raiser. For his $1,200 effort, Singleton won two airline tickets to BWI airport and then two flights anywhere PanAm flies in the continental United States.

Anyone raising $50 got a water bottle, Downin said.

For $102, a child can receive necessary vaccinations and pediatric visits. Anyone raising that much earned a water bottle and a hat.

Those who raised the cost of patient care for one year - $151.82 - earned a water bottle, a hat and a T-shirt.

"We had 25 to 30 people who raised that much," Downin said.

For more information on the Community Free Clinic, its needs and its programs, call 301-733-9234.

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