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Party to benefit Parent-Child Center

December 05, 2008

A Christmas tree-trimming party on Saturday will benefit the Parent-Child Center of Hagerstown.

From 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., guests will arrive at Hager's Crossing Clubhouse, 12608 Sedgwick Way, and park their vehicles. A limousine will escort them to the Bailey residence a block away at 17568 Shale Drive.

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a violin concert, warm cider and a New Year blessing. Amid carols, appetizers and wine tasting, the tree will be trimmed with ornaments dating over 36 years, culminating with the lighting of wax candles, a champagne toast and the singing of "O Tannenbaum."

Next, partygoers will sample gourmet dishes, followed by dinner, desserts and dancing. Throughout the evening, guests can buy items at the "Christmas Shoppes."

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A jewelry set of turquoise in sterling silver will be raffled off during the evening.

Tickets cost $75 per person and are available through the sponsor, The Bailey Institute, at 301-733-9003 or the Parent-Child Center, 998 Potomac Ave., at 301-791-2224.

Last December, a similar holiday tree-trimming party netted the John R. Marsh Cancer Center $3,000. That 2007 event was also sponsored by The Bailey Institute, a national philanthropic organization introduced to Washington County by the late Virginia Tracey.

In early 2007, when institute founder Jennifer Bailey began looking for a Hagerstown beneficiary with goals that complement the institute's mission to reach the underserved, her friend Virginia suggested the center.

The tree-trimming tradition began in Ohio in 1973 and by 1993, was transformed into a benefit for U.S. and global charities. Hagerstown is the seventh U.S. city to host the event created by the founder and president of The Bailey Institute, which has been headquartered in Hagerstown since 2006.

Vincent Dellaposta, the event chairperson for the 36th tree trimming, said it helps support efforts to keep families together and provide educational assistance to adult clients.

The Parent-Child Center provides a preventive approach to at-risk families by investing effort upfront to support those families. The Bailey Institute will donate proceeds of the event to mentor and educate adult PCC clients so they can attain self-sufficiency and improve their lives.

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