September 16, 2007

Two local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapters, #MD 440 of Big Pool and #MD 77 of Hagerstown, recently held a 16-week contest in which members brought in canned or nonperishable food items each week.

Elsie Horst, the TOPS member who lost the most weight during the contest, won a $100 prize donated by Kenny Norris of Big Pool. Madelyn Keller won second prize. She and the KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) winner, Judy Purdham,won $25 each.

Between the two clubs, 55 members, 40 TOPS and 15 KOPS, took part in the contest. A total of 1,300 pounds of food was collected and the 55 members lost a combined 170 1/4 pounds.

On Aug. 30, Dina Norris of #MD 440 and Donna Blackowitz of #MD 77 drove to Meadow Bridge, W.Va., and delivered the collected food to the Outlook Mission.


Team Coca-Cola won the third edition of the Manpower Corporate Golf Challenge to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. Thirty-one teams participated in the event held at the Musket Ridge Golf Club near Walkersville, Md.

Flight winners included: Team Staples, Team Brethren Mutual Insurance, Team CVS Pharmacy and Team Cumberland Valley Insurance

Each team was required to have at least two representatives (owner, employees, members) from a corporate entity making up the corporate team. Teams participating in the tournament represented a wide variety of local businesses, non-profits and civic organizations. Team Coca-Cola will maintain ownership of the Manpower Corporate Golf Trophy for one year. Advantage Realty won the 2006 event.

Event sponsors of the tournament included Wal-Mart, Brethren Mutual Insurance, Outback Steakhouse, Cumberland Valley Insurance, Coca-Cola and Wantz Distribution.

Funds raised through the tournament will help provide the resources to operate Boys & Girls Club afterschool programs. The Boys & Girls Club has been serving local children since 1941. For more information on how you can get involved with the "positive place for kids," visit or call the club at 301-733-5422.

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