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Hot Apple Pie headlines benefit event

March 09, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

Up-and-coming Nashville country band Hot Apple Pie will rock Hagerstown Community College this Saturday to raise money for Washington County's abused children.

In conjunction with the Home Builders Association of Washington County Home Show 2006, the benefit concert and accompanying auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Proceeds will go to Safe Place Child Advocacy Center, Washington County's coordinated system for handling child abuse.

"So many people don't know that the child advocacy center exists," says Teresa Thorn, Safe Place program manager. But the organization's work is critical, she says. "Washington County has one of the highest incidences of indicated child abuse reports."

In 2005, Safe Place worked with 896 children, all of whom were victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect. Washington County lists 1,664 reports of child abuse or neglect in 2005, making it the county with the second highest reported incidence of child abuse in Maryland.

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"It's a shame that our area has to have a facility such as (Safe Place)," adds Debi Turpin, executive director of the home builders association. But her organization is happy to help raise money for the center.

This is the second year the Home Show weekend has included a benefit concert. Last year, the concert and auction raised $4,000 for Safe Place.

With a large number of proven Tri-State country music fans, the home builders association hopes bringing Hot Apple Pie to Hagers-town will generate more interest in Saturday's fundraiser.

"Hot Apple Pie just had a recent hit and they have a pretty good following in the area," Turpin says. The group, founded three years ago, is known for singles "Easy Does It" and "Hillbillies." The four-member all-male group specializes in a variety of country music styles on their first album, "Hot Apple Pie." Songs vary from R&B grooves to Southern rock, to bluegrass, according to information provided by the group. Tori Anderson and Possum Holler will open for Hot Apple Pie.

Saturday's fundraiser includes a live and silent auction with many donated items from country music celebrities. During the silent auction, bidders can vie for a Bud Light poster autographed by Tim McGraw, a matted photograph and an autographed card by Charlie Daniels, an autographed copy of Kenny Rogers "42 Ultimate Hits" CD and other items autographed by Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Kathy Mattea, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Tippin.

Turpin is especially excited about one live auction item - an acoustic guitar with a vintage sunburst and hardshell case. The guitar is autographed by Hot Apple Pie and donated by Gibson guitars and the Gibson Foundation for Children.

Other items in the live auction lineup include a pair of stage jeans worn by Eddie Montgomery and autographed by Montgomery Gentry; an acoustic guitar autographed by Shania Twain; and a Minnie Mouse doll autographed by SheDaisy.




If you go ...



WHAT: Home Show Benefit Concert and Auction

WHEN: Doors open 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11; Possum Holler performs at 7:15 p.m.; Hot Apple Pie performs at 9:15 p.m.

WHERE: Hagerstown Community College Kepler Theater

COST: $15 general admission

MORE: Advance tickets are recommended. Reserve tickets by calling 301-739-0135. For more information about the event and auction items, go to www.hbaofwashingtoncounty.org/Auction/auctiontiems.htm.

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