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Broadway play ticket proceeds go to youth

November 22, 2006

The nonprofit Aarsand Family Foundation, headed by the Rev. Torben G. Aarsand of Hagerstown, is raising money to help young people by selling tickets to "Wicked, the Musical," a Broadway hit being performed next year in Baltimore.

The foundation is selling tickets it has obtained to the Feb. 4 performance at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

The tickets are being sold for $100 - $25 of which is a tax-free donation to the foundation, Aarsand said.

The foundation supports the efforts of youths wanting to improve their lives. Since it began in 2004, the foundation has helped several students, Aarsand said.

He said it has given grants to nine young men and women at colleges and universities around the region, including grants to a student from Washington County who is attending Towson State University.

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In addition, he said, the foundation has underwritten the Washington County Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year scholarship, helping a young woman attend Frostburg University this fall.

Also this fall, the foundation enabled two youths to participate in the Maryland State Boychoir, a group of about 140 boys, ages 7 to 20, from nine Maryland counties, Baltimore City, Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

If you would like to support the foundation, tickets to the Feb. 4 performance of "Wicked, the Musical" are available on the Web at www.aarsandfami lyfoundation.org or by calling the foundation at 1-410-771-1880, ext. 113.

Tickets will be sent to the purchaser along with a tax-free donation receipt, Aarsand said.

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