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More than $3,000 donated to St. Jude

August 17, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

WILLIAMSPORT -- Bill Blair and Anne Haas said "I do" this summer, then raised $3,014 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at their wedding reception.

"We're happy with it. We were hoping for more," said Blair, 55, who owns the Downsville General Store.

The couple decided to extend their June 6 wedding reception into a fundraiser for the Memphis, Tenn., children's hospital because kids are important to them. Rather than send their guests home from the Williamsport American Legion at 8 on the June Saturday night they wed, then took a short break after the wedding reception and restarted the party with a dance.

A St. Jude official confirmed the children's research center received the Blairs' donation. At St. Jude, patients accepted for treatment are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay, according to www.stjude.org

and St. Jude spokeswoman Jessica Lukens. The hospital treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

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Blair said he and his wife have $50 more in donations from partygoers that they are going to send to St. Jude's.

More than 150 people attended the fundraiser, which cost $10 per person, he said.

"Everybody had a blast," Blair said. "I think if we do something again, we're not going to have trouble having people come out for it."

Blair said his wife and her bridesmaid had so much fun, they're talking about having a fundraiser for another children's organization for the couple's anniversary.

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