VFW gives more than $4,000 to Holly Place

March 17, 2005|by JANET HEIM

While legislators consider how to help financially strapped Holly Place, members of William D. Byron Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936 presented two checks totaling $4,122 to representatives of the group homes for senior citizens.

The VFW committed $500 of the organization's fund, taking into account the VFW motto "Honor our dead to serve the living," said VFW member Glenn Trumpower. An additional $922 was raised by VFW bartenders who solicited donations and raffled off items.

Holly Place board member John Hamburg and Administrator Melanie Davis were presented with the first check March 5.

"We were ecstatic," Davis said. "It's wonderful. They're a pretty small club and they jumped right in trying to get donations."


The second check for $2,700 was presented March 12 to Douglas Wright Jr., a Holly Place board member. The money was what remained of funds collected from Washington County residents for legal fees for Save Open Space, a group formed in 1988 to prevent the closure and sale of the Hagerstown municipal golf course.

Since VFW Post 1936 had contributed to Save Open Space, it was decided to give the money to Holly Place through the VFW.

While there's hope the governor will agree to the Washington County Delegation's request at the General Assembly for $150,000 in short-term funding for Holly Place in a supplemental budget plan, Davis said there's a possibility that won't happen.

The decision should be made by the end of the month but even then, the money wouldn't be available until July 1.

"It's very important right now, because we're struggling to keep our doors open," Davis said. "We're definitely running out of money before the end of the month."

Donations have come in from individuals and churches have inquired about how to get involved, Davis said.

Holly Place at 240 S. Potomac St. and North Holly Place at 268 S. Potomac Street might have to shut down because Senior Living Alternatives Inc., which runs the centers, is running out of money.

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