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Runner to speak at Washington Co. Boys & Girls Club dinner

April 02, 2010

April Holmes has overcome the odds to become a champion. Holmes will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual Steak & Burger Dinner to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Thursday, April 22, at Hager Hall in Hagerstown.

Holmes is a champion who refused to give up after a tragic accident in 2001 that caused her to lose part of her left leg below the knee.

"Last fall our staff attended a training sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and April spoke at one of the sessions," said Buck Browning, director of development, commenting on how Holmes was selected as this year's speaker. "Our staff called back to Hagerstown as soon as she was finished and suggested we invite her to be our keynote speaker at this year's event. They were very impressed by her inspirational story."

The dinner is the club's largest fundraising event featuring a silent auction, performances by club members, the announcement of the 2010 Youth of the Year and the keynote address.

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The dinner is also a chance for club donors and other adults from the area to interact with many "club" members. Each table provides two seats for Boys & Girls Club members.

Tables cost $500 and individual tickets cost $50.

In high school, April was a 400-meter specialist and collegiate All-American at Norfolk State University.

In January 2001, she had an unfortunate train accident that resulted in the amputation of her left leg below the knee.

Transforming from a self-proclaimed loner to a spokesperson for people with disabilities, Holmes has used her faith and resilience to be uplifting for others who have faced tragedy.

The dinner includes a social hour where Holmes will be available to sign autographs and speak to participants. She is a member of the NIKE athletic team running under the Michael Jordan brand.

The Boys & Girls Club serves children at seven locations in Washington County where children and teens participate in youth development programs including academic support, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation, and technology.

For more information, call 301-733-5422 or go to http://www.bgcwc.com.

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