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Bull, oyster roast feeds Hagerstown Rotary's charitable efforts

February 25, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Jennifer King ate her first oyster Sunday afternoon.

While King, of Hagerstown, tasted her first, her husband, Jonathan, polished off about two dozen oysters during Sunday's bull and oyster roast benefiting the Hagerstown Rotary Club.

It was the fourth annual fundraiser, and Rotary Club President Neal Glessner said it was the largest to date. More than 900 people attended the event at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic Recreation Community Center.

Chester and Lorrena Wyand of Boonsboro said they also enjoyed the oysters Sunday. Between the two of them, they'd eaten about a half-dozen.

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Both said they are retired, but work part time for AC&T, which had a table for its employees at the fundraiser. Tickets cost $35 per person for reserved tables for eight or more, and officials said about 83 tables of eight and 21 tables of 10 were reserved.

Rotary Past President Christy Trenton said she expected the club to raise about $23,000, which is about $3,000 more than the group collected at last year's event. She said Hagerstown Rotary has three major fundraisers each year and typically gives about $75,000 to area organizations through its foundation.

Last year, 38 organizations benefited from Rotary donations.

"This money goes right back into the community," Trenton said.

The Wyands said they planned to gamble a bit at Sunday's fundraiser and put a few dollars in the tip jars being passed around. Both said they liked the fact that their money was going to a good cause.

Teri Leiter, president of the Williamsport Rotary Club, said about 10 of the club's approximately 20 members attended Sunday's event.

"I think each Rotary club should support each other," she said. "The money they receive goes right back to the community."

Jennifer King said her father-in-law gave the couple two tickets to the bull and oyster roast, which was the first they attended.

"This is very nice," she said.

After experiencing her first taste of oysters, she said she liked them only with cocktail sauce.

"He loves oysters," King said of her husband. "He had about two dozen, too."

Other dishes served during the event included pit-roasted beef, sausage, cream of crab soup, chicken fajitas, cheese platters and pasta salad.

The Hagerstown Rotary Foundation has given away more than $1 million to Washington County charities since its inception.

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