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Parent-Child Centertelethon hits 'exciting' total - $108,500!!

April 15, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

The 18th annual telethon for the Parent-Child Center in Hagerstown on Saturday raised $108,500, the organization's executive director said.

Topping last year's tally was particularly rewarding given the economy, Millie Lowman said after the telethon concluded.

"If we reach $100,000, that's always exciting," Lowman said. "I just feel blessed."

Employees with JLG Industries Inc., Kohl's Department Store and St. Lawrence Cement volunteered to answer phones for three hours this year, she said.

Established in 1983 by the Exchange Clubs of Washington County, the Parent-Child Center is a United Way agency that offers a variety of services for parents and children.

The money raised is earmarked for prevention programs, advocacy services, parenting workshops and the agency's overhead "to keep our doors open," Lowman said.

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"It makes a statement that the community acknowledges we do have child abuse and they want to prevent it," she said of the outpouring of support.

The telethon was held in the food court at Valley Mall and broadcast on NBC25.

For more information on the center and its programs, call 301-791-2224.




"It makes a statement that the community acknowledges we do have child abuse and they want to prevent it."

- Millie Lowman, director

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