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Christmas meal makes Holly Place jolly

December 25, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Holly Place was jolly on Thursday with a Christmas meal and news of the latest fundraising effort for the financially strapped home for senior citizens.

Doris Kline said she and her husband, Bud, brought $1,130 that the couple and others collected.

The total included $200 from Woodmen of the World, $300 from Independent Junior Fire Engine Co. and $250 from Antietam Fire Co.

Doris Kline said she and her husband donated money they collected at Long Meadow Shopping Center. People pay $5 to have their picture taken there with Bud Kline, who has portrayed Santa Claus in the community for many years.

Senior Living Alternatives, which runs the nonprofit Holly Place group home on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown, has been scrambling for money from many sources, including public goodwill.

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In September, Douglas Wright Jr., the president of Senior Living Alternatives' board, said the organization will have to raise $160,000 to stay open in the coming year.

A direct plea to the public for cash donations netted about $45,000 during a period of about one month.

Mariah Neff, who runs Maple Leaf Tack & Western Wear on Garis Shop Road, said a fundraising concert is planned for Jan. 11.

Performers will play a variety of music for four hours at the Elks Lodge in Hagerstown.

"And every bit of money raised is coming back here," said Neff, who sings gospel and country music.

Neff, the Klines and Gary Carter, an owner of G&G Grill at South Potomac and Baltimore streets in Hagerstown, were at Holly Place on Thursday to make sure residents enjoyed their Christmas meal.

Carter said the meal, which he helped prepare, included turkey, ham, mashed and sweet potatoes, rolls and cookies.

Residents and volunteers sang Christmas carols and hymns.

"We give God all the glory for this," Neff said.




If You Go



What: A Concert for Holly Place. Performing groups will include Mariah, Spike, The Incredible Driftin' Whistlepigs and The Bluegrass Blend. Proceeds will benefit the Holly Place group home for senior citizens in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-7303 for more information.

When: Jan. 11, 2009, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Where: Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown

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