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Lions Club to hold barbecue to raise money for Holly Place

November 13, 2008

The North Hagerstown Lions will sponsor a second chicken barbecue to benefit Holly Place Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Always Ron's at 29 N. Burhans Blvd.

"Wow! We really sold out fast" at a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 2. "We were really overwhelmed by the support of the people who came out to buy chicken dinners to help Holly Place," said North Hagerstown Lions Vice President Bill Cooper, who chaired the event.

Holly Place is a group home on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown for low-income senior citizens, some of whom have physical or mental disabilities.

The carryout meal will consist of a half chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and roll for a minimum $6 donation.

"We plan to start earlier and have more chicken than we did last time. Hopefully, we won't turn anyone away hungry," Cooper said.

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People can call 301-991-4949 to reserve meals.

On Nov. 2, club members prepared enough chicken to feed 200, but ran out of food less than two hours into what was to be a six-hour fundraiser.

William Bulla, a past district governor for the Lions Club, said many people gave more than the recommended $6 donation at the earlier barbecue and one couple gave the Lions Club a check for $1,000 for Holly Place.

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