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Foundation awards money to charities

August 31, 2006

The Hagerstown Rotary Club Foundation awarded nearly $77,000 to 34 charitable organizations that benefit Washington County residents.

The two largest beneficiaries are San Mar Children's Home and the Boy Scouts of America.

San Mar will use its $7,000 award toward a capital campaign for the construction of a new shelter to house 12 girls.

The Boy Scouts were awarded $5,000 for the completion of a pavilion at the Patterson Athletic Field at Camp Sinoquipe. The field is named after the late Keith Patterson, a former Hagerstown Rotarian active in Scouting.

Each year, the foundation distributes money raised through the club's three main fundraisers - the Two-for-One Value Book, the Rotary Golf Tournament and the Bull and Oyster Roast.

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Over the past 26 years, the club has distributed more than $1.23 million to charities benefiting Hagerstown and Washington County youths and adults.

"This is our reward for all the hard work of the committees and members of Rotary," said Rotary Foundation President Robert E. Ernst II, who made the presentations Aug. 16 at a Rotary meeting.

Three organizations received $4,000 each. The Boys & Girls Club will use its award to replace a furnace, Discovery Station will put the money toward a media gallery and the Community Free Clinic will use its award to help fund computer network equipment.

Along with Ernst, foundation members include at-large member Tim Wilson, treasurer Darrell Fowler, secretary Dennis Rocco and vice president Frank Erck. All are past Rotary presidents.

Also receiving awards were:

· YMCA - $3,500

· Cedar Ridge Children's Home - $3,000

· Girls Inc. of Washington County - $3,000

· Brook Lane - $2,500

· Children's Village of Washington County - $2,500

· Hagerstown Community College Foundation - $2,500

· Washington County American Red Cross - $2,000

· CASA - $2,000

· Community Rescue Service - $2,000

· Habitat for Humanity - $2,000

· Maryland Theatre Association - $2,000

· MIHI Inc. - $2,000

· Food Resources - $1,941

· W House of Hagerstown - $1,935

· Aspiring to Serve Inc. - $1,700

· REACH Inc. - $1,600

· Maryland Symphony Orchestra - $1,500

· Mary's Center - $1,500

· North Hagerstown High School Boosters - $1,500

· United Way of Washington County - $1,500

· Washington County Agricultural Education Center - $1,500

· Western Maryland Center - $1,500

· John Wesley Day Nursery - $1,470

· Potomac Case Management Services Inc. - $1,418

· Friends of Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocate Center - $1,177

· Community Foundation of Washington County - $1,136

· Star Community Inc. - $1,000

· Turning Point of Washington County - $1,000

· Parent-Child Center - $500.

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