FUNKSTOWN -- The fact that there were few empty chairs Sunday afternoon at the Easter Seals Adult Day Service Center fundraiser was an encouraging sign to Deb Lauricella, activities director for the agency in Washington County.
"This is our first time for a local fundraiser," Lauricella said of the Longaberger Basket Bingo event at the Funkstown American Legion.
The event raised $7,000, Lauricella said. All of Sunday's proceeds will stay in Washington County, she said.
"We are holding our heads up high," Lauricella said, despite feeling the crunch most agencies are feeling during current tough economic times.
With about 50 people in the day program, Easter Seals is committed to making their lives as rich and full as possible with the funds available.