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A merry olde time to raise scholarship money

September 12, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- There was food fit for a king, maidens on horseback and performances honoring the Bard.

It could have been a page torn from a book on the Renaissance.

Instead, it was about making education more accessible to local students.

About 110 people attended the third annual Elizabethtowne Feaste and Frolic Saturday night at the Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center in downtown Hagerstown.

The event was held to raise scholarship funds for individuals enrolled at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Organizers expected the event to net more than $20,000.

The scholarship money will be distributed next spring for the 2010-11 academic year, said C. David Warner III, executive director of USM-H.

"Last year, we gave out ten $2,500 scholarships," he said. "We hoping to be able to do that again."

Warner said the Feaste and Frolic was an important event that enables area students to continue their education.

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Last year, Tiffany Adams of Frederick, Md., was among the recipients of scholarship money.

Adams attended Saturday's fundraiser as a way to show her appreciation and support, she said.

"I'm currently pursuing my MBA," she said. "I wouldn't have been able to do that without the scholarship. I had just graduated from college and didn't have money saved to go to graduate school. I can't thank the people who donated to the fund enough."

The event included a reception, dinner, music and entertainment from Renaissance re-enactors.

Gaye McGovern served as chairwoman of the event.

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