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FSU students plan fundraiser for San Mar

April 28, 2010

Frostburg State University business students at USM-Hagerstown are coordinating a service project to assist children at San Mar Children's Home.

The service project is part of USM-H's Graduate Give Back program, a program where 2010 graduates from programs at USM-H select local organizations or charities to benefit from a service project coordinated by the students. Representatives from the organizations will be invited to the 2010 USM-H graduation celebration to receive the donations from the service project.

Francine Ngongang, a senior FSU business student who helped organize the service project, said, "we chose San Mar because these young girls have endured life-changing and dramatic experiences. They deserve hope, they deserve to feel good about themselves and they could really use a second chance."

The FSU business students contacted The Crystal Lenz, a local photography studio, to help with their service project. Students and individuals interested in supporting the cause can purchase a photography package from The Crystal Lenz; 100 percent of the purchase price will be donated to San Mar Children's Home.

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In addition, for each photography package purchased, a child at San Mar will receive a complimentary confidence-building photo session courtesy of The Crystal Lenz.

Ngongang stressed the importance of giving: "You can do something that changes someone's life for the better," she said.

The packages and priced are as follows: Basic Studio - $35, includes one setup and backdrop and copy-released full-resolution images on CD; Expanded Studio - $65, includes multiple setups and copy-released full-resolution images on CD; Special Studio - $150, includes multiple setups/outfits/locations and copy-released full-resolution images on CD.

Appointments are available Sunday and May 8. For more information or to schedule a photography session, contact The Crystal Lenz at 240-675-2306 or go to http://www.thecrystallenz.com.

Graduates interested in starting a service project for their program as part of the Graduate Give Back should contact their program coordinators; or Erin Harman at 240-527-2728 or eharman@hagerstown.usmd.edu.

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