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Children in Need benefits from Washington County photo contest

July 20, 2008

During Health System Week, (June 2 to 6) Washington County Health System employees had the opportunity to show off their favorite photos while raising money to support local children.

The Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest showcased 163 photo entries from health system employees. Health system employees voted in three categories, landscape, children, and pets, to determine the Peoples' Choice winners.

Employees donated $2 per photo entry and $1 per vote to support Children In Need, a local nonprofit organization which provides clothing, personal items and school supplies to county children in the public school system's free or reduced lunch programs. At the end of the contest, three members of the Valley Art Association, Bob Wantz, Janie Moltrup and Denny Bingaman, gathered to select the Critics' Choice winners.

The Peoples' Choice and Critics' Choice winners were presented a framed, engraved copy of their print and a check for $1,000 was presented to Children In Need.

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Anne Martin, executive director, and Connie Richards, president of Children In Need, accepted the donation.

"We will use the funds to provide school supplies to 2,000 children in the free or reduced lunch programs who will be returning to Washington County schools at the end of August," Richards said.

Winners of the photo contest were Chris Constable, who won three of the six awards for her photos, Tracy Starliper, Donna Moser and Pam Brunner.

Annually, the hospital selects a project to coincide with health system week to support the community.

The Washington County Health System is the parent corporation of Washington County Hospital and Antietam Health Services.

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