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Fundraisers support programs in area

May 16, 2009

The first Henry's Hustle was held Saturday at Maugansville Elementary School.

The event was held in honor of Henry Scheck and his family. Henry, 4, recently died of cancer.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

About 1,500 people participated in the fundraiser, and more than $13,000 was raised, said Erin Lee, a fundraising volunteer for the event.

Before the event, the Maugansville Elementary School community had raised more than $6,000 by soliciting donations from family and friends, Lee said. Several businesses and organizations that participated in the fundraiser also promised to donate a portion of their proceeds to the cause, she said.

The event included an American Red Cross blood drive in the school's cafeteria and a one-mile run. A carnival with 20 different activities, including a moon bounce, train rides, several sports-themed activities, a coloring table, hoola hoops and remote-control car driving, Lee said.

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Children could participated in the activities by purchasing a wristband for $5, Lee said. They also could pay an extra dollar for a chance to dunk their teachers in a dunking booth, she said.

The fundraiser concluded with a raffle featuring 35 prizes, all donated by area businesses, Lee said.

A cut-a-thon will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hair Cuttery on Garland Groh Boulevard. Haircuts will be given for a $10 donation, with proceeds going to Alex's Lemonade Stand in honor of Henry.

Also Saturday, REACH held its annual Walk-A-Mile (In Their Shoes) fundraiser at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.

The event raised $2,765, and 55 walkers and volunteers participated, said Jodie Stock, executive director of REACH.

The money raised will be used to support REACH's volunteer outreach programs, including the cold weather shelter, crisis intervention programs and Faith in Action, Stock said.

The Washington County chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held its annual Great Strides Walk on Saturday at Smithsburg Lions Community Park.

About $49,000 was raised, and 240 walkers participated in the walk, said Paula Kriner, chairwoman of the event.

Walkers solicited sponsors for the one-mile walk. Nearly 90 cents from every dollar raised will be used for investment in vital cystic fibrosis programs to support research, care and education, Kriner said.

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