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Letters to the editor

January 13, 2004|by

Brunch was a big success


To the editor:

On behalf of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank the community for its support of the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Grand Sunday Brunch, held on Nov. 9 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown.

With the help of sponsors, donors, participants, committee members and volunteers, we raised approximately $34,500 at this event. Throughout the past 15 years, the Grand Sunday Brunch has generated more than $200,000 and these funds have provided important support to the Washington County community for patient services and survivorship programs as well as national research. More than 750 individuals of all ages enjoyed this fun-filled feast while supporting the American Cancer Society.

Many thanks to the program sponsors, silent auction and raffle donors, participants and entertainers who helped make this event so successful. Above all, I would like to express my gratitude to the brunch committee for their dedication and volunteerism. Jim Shifler created the Grand Sunday Brunch 15 years ago and within the past few years welcomed co-chair Diane Pullen. They have volunteered countless hours to ensure the success of this annual event and I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their commitment over the years to the community and to the American Cancer Society.

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Jim and Diane have decided to step down as event chairs for the brunch in 2004. However Jim has agreed to remain on the committee. I invite anyone who is interested in joining the 2004 Brunch Committee or in volunteering for the American Cancer Society to call me at 1-888-474-3044.

By reaching out through research, education, advocacy and service, the American Cancer Society has contributed to a decline in the death rate from cancer every year since 1991. We hope that many others will get involved in this great effort to benefit area individuals and families and ultimately to find a cure for cancer.

Julie Overbaugh
Community Specialist
American Cancer Society




Kindness was appreciated


To the editor:

I wanted to thank a number of people for making the holidays great.

On Thanksgiving eve, Avalon Manor made everyone at the Alexander House a delicious dinner, and thanks to the management at the Alexander House for delivering it to us right at our door. The food was very good and I appreciated it so much that a mere "thank you" doesn't seem enough.

Then on Christmas Day, members from Bethel Assembly of God brought everyone in here at the Alexander House (who wanted it), their dinners. It, too, was delicious and they also deserve a big thanks. Not only was the meal very good but they took the time to talk and if we wanted, they prayed for us and with us.

I hope both places feel good about what they did for us, because they should. The kindness they extended has touched my heart so much that I want to do something good for someone for Easter.

Once again many thanks. May God bless you for your kindness and somehow may the kindness that you have shown be shown and given back to you by others.

Belinda Whittington
Hagerstown

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