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Their 'crop' yields money for breast cancer research

September 30, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

A local scrapbooking store took part Saturday in a nationwide effort to raise money for breast cancer research.

ScrapMania! of Hagerstown held an "all-day crop" to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"We do this on a pretty regular basis, but this is the first time we've joined with other stores to raise money," said Sherrie Zlomke, owner of ScrapMania!

The fundraiser was part of Scrap Pink, a campaign sponsored by Scrapbooks Etc. magazine to raise money for the breast cancer foundation.

Scrapbooking stores from across North America participated in the fundraiser this weekend, according to the event's Web site.

Zlomke said ScrapMania! charged people a fee to participate, with a portion of the fee going toward the fundraiser.

About 20 people attended the event at ScrapMania!, which included lunch, dinner and door prizes for participants.

"I never miss a crop," said Jean Freeman, 60, of Hagerstown, referring to the gathering where people created their own scrapbooks or worked on a page for the breast cancer foundation.

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Freeman, who has been scrapbooking for three or four years, said the group events are a great way to meet people and get scrapbook ideas. "I've made some great friends doing this," Freeman said.

Barbara Hugus, 63, of Greencastle, Pa., who wore a sweat shirt that read "Scrapbook Addict," said the events at the store give her a reason to get together with people.

"I'm a widow and retired, so it's a good way to take up some time," Hugus said. "It's also a good reason to come here and shop."

Hugus, along with several of the participants, were working on pink scrapbook pages for the breast cancer foundation.

The pages featured a ribbon across the bottom and a place for a group photo of the women, which was taken Saturday afternoon in front of the store.

"It's nice to get together with the girls here, but it's really nice to get together for a cause," Hugus said. "It's a very good thing they do here to be a part of this."

The store made about $200 on Saturday, and is to donate a portion of that to the foundation.

Zlomke said the store has participated in the event for the past four years and likely will do it again next year.

She said she hopes to bring back last year's silent auction as part of the event next year, in which the store auctioned off a quilt made by one of the store's employees.

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