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Rotary event raises funds for local groups

November 01, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Carmen Fox said it's a good way to get Christmas shopping done.

Mary Lou Wurmb always comes out to The Sun Rises Over Rotary Dinner & Auction, and she has enjoyed the items she has taken home over the years.

"I got a lot of nice stuff, a lot of rugs," Wurmb said as she looked over items during the Hawaiian-themed event Sunday afternoon at Elks Lodge 378 on Robinwood Drive.

It was the eighth annual installment of the event, which raises money for five local organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Washington County Arts Council, Sunrise Rotary Foundation and Villa Maria of Washington County, which offers mental health counseling and psychiatric services for people in need.

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The event raises money through a $35 admission fee, and proceeds from live and silent auctions.

During the silent auction, participants write a bid on a piece of paper next to the item on which they're bidding. They can check the paper periodically and bid again if someone has placed a higher bid, said Don Harsh, president of the Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary.

The silent auction items on display Sunday included an acrylic painting kit, a Longaberger basket containing holiday goodies, a season subscription for two to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, a Wii Fit station and a Washington Redskins jersey autographed by Santana Moss.

There were about 144 silent auction items, about 25 live auction items and a raffle for rugs, a television and an art print, Harsh said.

About 300 people were expected to attend the fundraiser, which ran from 4 to 9 p.m. Previous events have raised close to $40,000 each, Harsh said.

Fox, who is a member of the Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary, said the fundraiser is important, especially in today's tough economy.

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