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Chamber member says fund-raiser a success

April 07, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Wearing tie-dyed shirts, go-go boots and wigs, about 130 business and community leaders attended a 1960s-themed fund-raiser at the Fountain Head Country Club to raise money for the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and its Newspapers in Education program.

"Technically, I'm working but I'm having fun," Chamber President Fred Teeter said Saturday night.

Wearing an afro wig and a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, he said the event was raising money for both the Chamber and the NIE program, which donates newspapers and educational materials to local schools. The Herald-Mail Co. is a partner in that program.

Chamber board chairman Jim Pierne said the event appeared to be successful, although the final dollar amounts had not been tallied by press time.

"It's just a great event," said Pierne, president and CEO of Farmers & Merchants Band and Trust.

Kathy Valentine, who organized the event called "On the Road to the Sixties," said there were two portions of the fund-raiser - a casino event and a silent auction. She said the items being auctioned - including weekend trips and autographed sports memorabilia - had a retail value of roughly $18,000.

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