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Grand Sunday Brunch benefits cancer research

This yearâEUR(TM)s event set for Nov. 4 at Dimensions Conference Center at the Clarion

This yearâEUR(TM)s event set for Nov. 4 at Dimensions Conference Center at the Clarion

October 04, 2007

What began as one man's dream has become a tradition in the Hagerstown community ? the Grand Sunday Brunch to support the Washington County American Cancer Society. Twenty years and 18 events later, it is still going strong.

The event will be held again at Dimensions Conference Center at the Clarion, on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The Grand Sunday Brunch is a great family event," says Jim Shifler, the man behind the idea. "Some people come year after year and stay from opening to closing."

The event incudes a breakfast and lunch buffet, family-themed entertainment such as music, a magician, balloon sculpting, face painting and clowns.

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Area businesses are solicited to purchase program sponsorships that are estimated to reach in excess of 700 patrons at the brunch. Additionally, funds are raised through a silent auction and raffles throughout the event as well as through ticket sales.

"Twenty years ago, Jim had what his friends thought was a crazy idea," says Cathy Thomas, community manager for the American Cancer Society.

Money raised through this event will be used to benefit Washington County cancer patients and their caregivers through research, education, advocacy and survivorship programs.

The American Cancer Society is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with information and services by calling 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting their Web site at http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp

Tickets for the Grand Sunday Brunch cost $28 each (or $250 for a table of 10) and are available by calling 301-733-8272.

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