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Sisters seek funds for youth bus trip

May 16, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Every year, Clara Broadus wonders if she and her sister, Dot Bell will again volunteer to raise enough money to take nearly 200 Hagerstown-area youngsters on an all-day bus trip to a major theme park.

"And every year, the kids start asking about it earlier and earlier," Broadus said Tuesday as she and Bell started the fund drive for this year's trip to Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.

Cost concerns prompted the decision to go to Dorney instead of Paramount's Kings Dominion in Richmond, Va., where they went last year. Broadus said the children who have made the trip to Dorney in the past have had a great time.

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"We're planning to fill four buses to Dorney on Aug. 2," Broadus said. Although not firmed up yet, the costs may exceed $10,000 this year.

A number of years ago, Broadus and Bell organized For Our Kids Sake and began planning bus trips for each summer.

In 2001, Broadus and Bell faced a rainout for the trip to Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey. The bus company rescheduled for the following Saturday and the park honored the pre-purchased tickets, Broadus said.

Last year, approximately 200 children and chaperones had a great time at Kings Dominion, Broadus said.

This year's trip is open to children ages 10 and older. Broadus said those younger than 10 may go but must be accompanied by an adult.

To sign up or to get information on how to donate money, call Broadus at 301-739-2557.

Donations may be deposited at any branch of Hagerstown Trust Co. The For Our Kids Sake account number is 141518.

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