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Organizers hope Bull Roast will raise $8,000 for San Mar

October 22, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

BOONSBORO -- Hundreds of beef lovers stampeded Thursday to San Mar Children's Home to help raise money to pay for the facility's operating costs.

Franklin P. Erck III, a member of San Mar's Board of Directors, said the San Mar Children's Home Bull Roast & Open House began in the 1980s, but was canceled six years ago because it didn't make money.

He said the event was resurrected this year after several people asked for its return.

"We're feeling good," Erck said. "We sold about 450 tickets. We're glad we got off to a good start."

Tickets for the roast beef dinner cost $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Dan Day, San Mar's director of development and marketing, said he estimated the three-hour event would raise about $8,000 to help supplement the nonprofit facility's $4.5 million budget.

San Mar Children's Home began as an orphanage in 1883, Day said. It now houses about 33 adolescent girls who are there for reasons ranging from truancy to running away from home. He said the average stay is six months to a year before San Mar returns the children to their parents or places them in foster care.

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Hagerstown resident Teresa Butts said she attended the event to eat a little beef and return to the place at which she worked from 2005 to 2006.

"I think (San Mar) is wonderful," Butts said. "I've seen a lot of girls whose lives have been changed for the better. They treat the kids like family -- not like troubled youth."

Butts said her parents fostered two children from San Mar and, five years later, adopted them into the family.

In addition to the bull roast, San Mar officials lighted 2,992 luminarias to honor each child served by the home since 1883, and 147 luminarias were lighted to laud past members of San Mar's Board of Managers.

The event's main sponsors were the Cumberland Valley Bicycling Club, M&T Bank, Best Buy, Columbia Bank, Cynthia Moler of Coldwell Banker and Citi.

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