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Pig roast, garden party to benefit San Mar

May 31, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO -- Lisa Allen said the decision to ride in the annual Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal sponsored by the San Mar Children's Home in July was easy.

The hard part was trying to figure out how to raise at least $450 to qualify for the fundraising venture.

A teacher at San Mar, Allen said she and her workout friend, Joan Bowers, quickly decided to ride, but raising money was a challenge.

One day, they were sitting in a restaurant thinking of how to raise $450 each for San Mar.

"On two napkins, we listed ideas," Allen said.

She and her friend decided on an event they called the Tour de San Mar Pig Roast and Garden Party at Allen's home in the Meadows Green development behind Sheetz on U.S. 40, a short distance from the school.

The fundraiser will be Saturday, June 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. It will feature a disc jockey donated by, a tent, dancing, a pig roast and barbecued chicken, a bike raffle and a silent auction.


Allen said there will be other raffles, 50/50 drawings and baskets. Tickets cost $50 for two people to attend. Part of the proceeds will go to expenses and the rest to San Mar, she said.

A teacher at San Mar for three years, Allen handles all subjects and GED courses. She hails from Middletown, Md.

Bowers is a financial adviser who is also riding for the first time. Including Bowers and Allen, there are now seven riding in their group.

The 184.5-mile canal ride for San Mar is scheduled for July 11 to 14. The event has been held since 1989, and in those 20 years, participants have raised more than $700,000.

San Mar operates four group-home programs for at-risk girls ages 13 to 18, and a treatment foster-care program for girls and boys ages 18 and younger.

Money raised by TGBT participants helps cover the gap between state reimbursement for programs and the actual cost of providing care.

Almost all of the youth in San Mar programs have some type of state funding that helps pay for their care. However, that funding typically only pays for about 85 percent to 90 percent of the actual costs of care.

More information about TGBT and sponsoring a rider may be found at

Anyone wanting more information about the fundraising event at Allen's home at 9008 Wildberry Court may send an e-mail to her at

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